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How To Succeed In A Group Interview

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Group interviews can be daunting, particularly for the more introverted character. The purpose of a group interview is twofold – firstly it allows the employer to economically screen many candidates in one sitting and secondly it is used to ascertain how well you interact with people, your ability to lead and influence others, how you react to a stressful situation and how you work on your own. This is often achieved by work place simulation with group exercises or discussion groups. It is often a full day or half day and can involve psychometric testing, and presentations depending on the company.

 

Preparation is paramount; you need to know the company inside out. Research beyond their website, look at their press releases, awards and examine current employees within the role you hope to procure on LinkedIn. See how you will make a good fit in the company and use this to your advantage. Here are 10 points to remember when doing a group interview:

 

  1. Greet and introduce yourself confidently and formally to the interviewers with a firm handshake, smile and maintain eye contact.
  2. Be friendly with other candidates and facilitate conversations to show you are a natural networker.
  3. Learn names and refer to people by name when addressing them.
  4. When in the group be assertive, without being aggressive, speak purposefully and specifically. Don’t interrupt other candidates speaking.
  5. If you are asked a question where someone else has already used your answer, give praise to the other candidate and add to their answer with your own unique knowledge. Where possible make reference to facts and figures which are memorable to the interviewers.
  6. Use the right body language. Appear open friendly and engaged – no arms crossed, slouching or shoulders at you ears. Maintain eye contact and sit forward.
  7. Listen actively to questions and comments and respond appropriately.
  8. Do not become too informal at any point no matter how friendly the situation appears to be.
  9. Be polite, respectful and courteous at all times.
  10. When you are leaving be sure to say goodbye and thank them for their time and the opportunity to interview.

Posted by Julia Purcell, Marketing & Communications Manager Sigmar on 29 November 2017

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Sigmar Recruitment and Alison today announce a COVID ready learning partnership as part of the emergency jobs initiative www.covidresponsejobs.com. The initiative is an online platform set up by Sigmar Recruitment to help connect the displaced workforce with current frontline job opportunities, and to upskill the restricted workforce to enhance career prospects and enable a faster economic recovery. Alison, one of the largest learning websites worldwide, is now offering access to all of its courses free and unencumbered through www.covidresponsejobs.com. The learning content being offered through the platform has been hand curated to reflect in-demand, recession-proof skills across an array of business and IT disciplines, including; data science project management customer service accounting web development computer networking e-commerce The core learning has been paired with lifestyle courses covering mental health, stress management and practical content on parenting while working from home for example aimed to support those working remote throughout the crisis period and beyond. The learning pathways have also been designed with jobseekers in mind with content on public speaking, job hunting, personal development supported by jobseeker advice on how to compete in the current marketplace, including tips on video interviewing, digital collaboration, remote onboarding and much more. Commenting on the partnership, founder of the initiative and Sigmar CCO Robert Mac Giolla Phádraig says: “As one of the world’s largest free learning platforms, Alison presents an excellent opportunity for newly unemployed in Ireland to upskill. The learning content has been COVID curated for maximum impact encompassing business skills, IT skills, mental health and personal development. We also aim to support the restricted workforce by providing upskilling opportunities during the downtime, to better equip our workforce to rebound from the crisis in the medium term.” Speaking at the announcement, Alison Founder & CEO, Mike Feerick stated that the gesture is one Alison is happy to make. “While being a global learning business, most of our team live and work in Ireland and know personally people whose employment has been jeopardised by the coronavirus pandemic crisis. Alison has over 1,500 free certificate and diploma courses, in subjects from project management, languages, IT, to health & safety, elderly caregiving, MS Excel and free courses on GDPR. “If you have been laid off, it is an opportunity to build up and strengthen your workplace skills to enhance your chances for employment in the months and years ahead. We are delighted to partner with Sigmar on the COVID Jobs Initiative.” www.covidresponsejobs.com is a for purpose “Team Ireland” initiative created by Sigmar Recruitment, supported by Alison, Candidate Manager, The Irish Times and Communicorp, established to mobilise the Irish Workforce.