Advantages and Disadvantages of Group Interviews

Group interviews are growing in popularity, but they’re still a massively underused hiring method.

When group interviewing is done effectively it can be a powerful way to get the best out of your candidates. A group interview can improve your quality of hire while reducing your time-to-hire and cost-per-hire.

It’s not all roses though, and there are some disadvantages to consider too. Group interviews definitely aren’t the best solution for every business.

Read on to find out if they could work for you.

Pros of Group Interviews

1. Speed

One of the most obvious advantages to group interviews is speed. By conducting group interviews, you can quickly sift through a large number of applicants. This is ideal if you have to screen hundreds of potential applicants.

2. Go Beyond The CV

Due to the speed of the group interview process, you are able to see more applicants in more detail than you might otherwise. Without a group interview, you have to be more discerning on the basis of a resume, because you don’t have time to interview as many people. This risks missing out on potentially talented applicants whose resume didn’t do them justice.

3. Assess Team Skills

Conducting a group interview allows you to assess how applicants naturally work as part of a team. This is a critical skill that classic one-to-one interviewing techniques don’t draw out. At interview, everyone will claim to be a “good team player”. A group interview lets you assess whether that is actually the case.

4. Easy Comparison

A group interview allows you to compare multiple candidates against one another easily. This can help you narrow down exactly what your perfect candidate does look like, and make the decision-making process easier.

5. Show Off

Group interviews are an excellent opportunity to show off your employer brand. Take the opportunity to tell potential applicants as much about you as possible. Even though most of the applicants won’t become fully-fledged hires, this is a fantastic chance to earn some employer brand evangelists.

6. Get The Cream of the Crop

Many people perform best in a group interview compared to a traditional interview. They’re aware of actively being judged against other interviewees and will tend to put their best foot forwards. Even more so than in a one-to-one setting. This is good news from both the employer and the candidate perspective. Win/Win all around.

7. Allows Objectivity

Group interviews often involve multiple hiring managers. This brings a level of objectivity to the process from the get-go, and allows you to make quicker, easier, more objective hiring decisions before wasting anyone’s time.

8. More Natural Answers

We’re all familiar with what Mitch Rothschild calls, “the interview face”. Candidates are so familiar with the traditional one-to-one interview format that it can be difficult to get anything other than answers by rote.

A group interview setting is less familiar to most, because fewer companies are leveraging the format. As a result, candidates are less indoctrinated and often will give more natural answers. That’s ideal for you because you can get a better sense of what your candidate is genuinely like. If you’re having trouble filling interviews, our online recruiting system can help. It speeds up the hiring process, keeps your talent pool organized, and lots more. Click here to use our recruiting system online for free.

9. Less Stressful

From the candidate perspective, that is. Many candidates find a traditional interview format to be stressful and high pressure. In the worst case scenario, this means you’re not seeing the true potential of that candidate.

Understandably you want applicants who can handle stress, but interview-stress isn’t necessarily a fair measure. It’s like a