Why Hold a Group Interview?

Group interviews are renowned for making candidates feel anxious and nervous. Not only are the interviewees being tested by you as a recruiter, but they have to perform to their best whilst under the watchful eyes of their competition! Unless you are recruiting for a position that will require the candidate to work in a group environment, and you specifically need to see how they interact with other people, then group interviews may not be the best course of action.

When to hold a group interview

Group interviews are best held when the job requirements involve teamwork, interaction with others and an extrovert personality. Candidates who can hold their own, impress the interviewer, work well as a team and perform well whilst in front of other people going for the same job, will inevitably do well in the job. 

Appropriate number of candidates to invite for a group interview

Group interviews should have between 5-10 interviewees at any one time. Any less or more than this number will make it incredibly difficult to structure a group interview to get the best out of the candidates whilst being able to observe how they interact with one another. 

Advantages of group interviews

  • You can observe candidates easier by giving them team work tasks
  • You can get more interviews completed in a shorter time frame
  • Interviews can last up to 2 hours or more in some cases, giving you ample time to test each candidate 
  • It is a cost effective way of interviewing several individuals at once for a job

Disadvantages of holding a group interview

  • You may find it difficult to assess each candidate with the same level of attention and observation, especially when monitoring them in team working tasks
  • You will have to hold another group of interviews as it will be hard to assess who is best suited for the job from one single group interview
  • You may find that certain candidates overpower others who are equally well suited for the job but who rarely get the chance to show their skills
  • Group interviews tend to put many candidates off, so in some cases you may find that you lose out on interviewing exceptionally good candidates due to this reason
  • The nerves and anxiousness associated with attending a group interview may cause many well educated and appropriately skilled interviewees to underperform