I recently helped Lauren Rosenbaum (@laurenrosepr) write a blog about group interviews. This got me to thinking about the different interview experiences I’ve gone through. Lauren asked me to write about my experience in a group interview. It goes without saying that there are things you need to do at an interview. The surprising part is how many people do not know what those things are!
Research, research, research. That’s right, research the company you are interviewing for. Showing knowledge of the company shows that you care about who they are and what they do. When I looked into the company I’m interning for I found out that they prefer to dress casually when in the office, I wore a suit to the interview and they were very impressed. When going to an interview, definitely dress the part. It may not be the most comfortable thing to wear, but they show you mean business (pun intended.)
I went through a group interview with a job I started after starting college. The group interview is an interesting experience. Seeing who your competition is from the get go can help you elevate yourself above the crowd. I wore the suit, I brought another copy of my resume with me and I talked with the interviewer. The loudest is usually remembered, but talking at the right time is remembered more. Read more of Lauren’s blog about group interviews and you’ll learn a lot.
The best thing to do, in my humble opinion, is just be yourself and answer questions to the best of your knowledge. If you don’t know the answer, or want to think of a good answer, ask the interviewer to come back to the question later. Giving an answer that you have put careful thought into instead of the first thing that comes to your mind definitely helps.