We’re seeing that many employers are holding group interviews for seasonal positions. This may be because they have a high number of openings during the holiday season, they want to see how you interact with other potential teammates or they are trying to save time by conducting as many interviews as possible during a set amount of time. Whatever the reason, standing out from everyone else is extremely important while taking place in a group interview.
Reisha was one of nine candidates in a group interview. The format of the interview was simple – sit around in a circle and everyone answer the same question. The only rule was that you were not allowed to use the same answer as the person in front of you.
Sound scary? Not for Reisha. While everyone else answered the questions with the same tone as the people in front of them (ex: I want to work here because I need a job; I want to work here because I am looking for a place to work over the holidays; I want to work here because I could use the money) Reisha was able to stand out by making sure her answer was professional, different and really addressed the company itself:
I want to work here because I admire your staff’s friendliness and I want to be a part of that.
Reisha made sure all of her answers were different from the other candidates so she wouldn’t blend in with everyone else. When one person has to interview nine people it may be hard to separate each person, unless you put in the effort to make yourself look more professional than the rest.
Reisha’s advice for job seekers:
Never give up. You may not be qualified for a position at one place but another place is still waiting on you to apply. Go for it and good luck!
Good luck in your new position, Reisha! They are lucky to have you.