Group interviews are the ultimate in diplomacy, you must be seen to do well and rise above the competition, but not by being a dick. With every one you attend, even if you're making small talk in the waiting room, you will meet the same characters at each one.
1. Mr. Perfect
Smartly dressed, breathtakingly attractive and devastatingly intelligent. They are faultless and he's cleaning up in the interview. Feelings: instant envy/hatred followed by a concession of their charm and beauty
2. The Joker
The funny guy. Well at least they think they're funny. Whether they are cracking wise because they are nervous or because they're waiting for their call to play the 02, either way the jokes are dying and your forced chuckle is getting tiresome and your face hurts. Feelings: Initial pity is quickly overcome with strong dislike.
3. The Serious one
They are here for the job. And they are not leaving without it. Taking the whole situation incredibly seriously and as a result pleasantries and polite conversation are falling by the wayside. Feelings: BORED!
4. The Not bothered
5. The Shy one
This unsuspecting interviewee has not made a squeak. So much so you didn't even notice they were there. Quietly sat there, making no contribution to group exercises. Until they drop an absolute bombshell on the group and no one knows how to react.
You will meet this characters at all the interview you go to and if you don't then it's you! If you're unsure what to expect, take a look at our interview reviews to learn from other people's experience.