Interviewing with a group of other job candidates can be intimidating. You are able to directly see other candidates and compare your answers to everyone else's. Your group interview is probably not going to be like the standard job interview. Sometimes they can be a lot longer and can involve answering questions as well as participating in group activities.By preparing yourself for the interview, you can really increase your chances of landing that position.
So, what can you do to stand out during a group interview?
1) Be open-minded. You are probably going to encounter something you weren’t expecting. Interviewers may ask you to get in front of the group and role play a customer service scenario or some other situation that this position will likely encounter, so be willing to jump in and try something new if the interviewer asks.
2) Be personable. Be willing to listen to others. Part of the test of group interviews can be how well you work with others. Group activities help employers see who are the leaders and followers as well as whether you are reserved or overpowering in a group setting.
3) Be assertive (but not aggressive). It can be very easy to get lost in the crowd during a group interview, especially if it's a large group. You want the employer to remember you. If they can't remember who you are, how can they offer you a job? At the same time, you don't want to be aggressive. Don't feel like you need to steal the spotlight from other people, that's not what employers are looking for. Be assertive but also give opportunities for other people to shine.
4) Be proactive. Take time to introduce yourself. Don't barge in on other people's conversations with the employer but maybe show up early or wait around afterwards to introduce yourself.
Seeing the other people going for your job is scary, but it can also give you a leg up on your competition. By being punctual, prepared and polished you will make yourself stand out for all the right reasons.