Dominating a Group Interview!

Everything we talk about is based on setting yourself up to be the student that no one can forget. During a group interview, we also want to stand out as an applicant. A group interview is just an interview where other people just happen to be in the room. A lot of the stress and anxiety comes from not being used to interviewing with multiple people. Understanding why may ease some of the stress and anxiety. The reason why the school does a group interview can be as simple as saving time. The school may not have the time or the faculty to interview everyone individually. Another reason why may be to see how you interact with the other students, faculty, and PT profession. They might be trying to see if you are a team player or just trying to sabotage everyone else.

A tip is to realize that everyone is just as nervous as you. Every applicant most likely has the same fears as you. Everybody is thinking the same, wondering rather to outdo or sizing each other up. Use that to your advantage and as an icebreaker before the interview. You can ask, “Man, are you guys nervous too?  You can use that to your advantage to get to know the other people before the interview starts. Once you're in the interview and the questions are flowing, everyone will feel more relaxed because you are acquainted.  Get some information, remember their names and little details. So down the line when the questions come, you can say, “Oh, yeah, Karen, I loved how you made that point”. Try to involve everyone, even if someone is quiet or shy. “Oh yeah Joanne like you were saying before the interview you know I had the same scenario”. A few other tips are to take notes, jot things down and be aware of your body language. Normal interview pointers.

A lot of what will hold you back for a group interview is really overthinking it beforehand. We think since there is a room of other people that are solid candidates then it’s a competition. Having an interview with other people does not mean that you must outdo or outshine them. We're always comparing. That's where it gets very dangerous when it comes to a group interview. You are not going in there to compete with anybody in there. People think competitively when they're in there, but you are not there to compete with anyone in there. You will shine simply because you're allowing other people to shine.

Eliminating the competitive mindset allows you to be less stressed. When you are less stressed, your real personality shows up. The personality that you have when you’re with your close friends and you're relaxed, goofy, fun, and considerate. That's the version of you that is going to be there during PT school.  They are trying to figure out who you are and who they get. They are trying to figure out if you fit their program. Will you empower other students? Are you a leader?

Someone that is showcasing themselves might be a bunch of red flags. If you all know sports, it's like the one guy that will never pass the ball. They want to see that you can be a team player and work well in groups. Dominate the interview but don't dominate it by putting other people down. Don't dominate it by trying to showcase or outdo everybody in the room. It's not about that. Just be yourself but be prepared. Prepare, prepare, prepare, but understand that they're trying to see the most authentic version of yourself.

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