There are many different interview styles. Most employers utilize phone interviews as ways to pre-screen job applicants. Naturally, the face-to-face one-on-one interview is the most popular choice of hiring managers looking to determine the best fits for their companies. And then there’s the group interview.

In a scenario where time is of the essence and a company is looking to hire a large number of employees, group interviews can be beneficial. Seeing several candidates at the same time certainly helps to save time. To be completely candid, it’s the only real benefit to group interviews that we can come up with. Group interviews, for the most part, are highly undesirable to job applicants.

Here are three reasons why:

1. Top performers are less likely to agree to participating in group interviews.

Ideal candidates with great talent and experience aren’t exactly the type to want to reveal their job interview techniques, discuss their attributes and open up about personal details in front of others vying for the same position. It’s hard enough to divulge all of this information to one stranger, let alone several others who are competitors.

On her Get Employed! blog, Terri Lee Ryan instructs job applicants to avoid group interviews in efforts to keep their privacy. “Interviewing with others you don’t know violates your privacy and what is said in front of people who are your competitors can work against you in your overall job search,” she writes, “Why give these people you are competing against your best information and interview tactics?”

2. Cattle calls put your company’s reputation at risk.

Group interviews, cattle calls – they’re considered the same thing. “If you aren’t familiar with the term, cattle calls are when a herd of cattle are wrangled or led into a barn, pasture, or farm to be fed, washed, branded, or even slaughtered,” explains Chris Fields on They give off the impression that you’re not particularly concerned with an individual’s specific talents and character traits that would make him/her an ideal fit within your company’s culture.

Companies that put out cattle calls convey that if their job applicants aren’t interested in the positions being offered, there are plenty of others who will be. It’s not exactly a fine-tuned hiring method – and job hunters know it. “No one wants to be part of a cattle call, with such negative connotations; and when it comes to conducting them, there are more cons than pros,” says Fields.

3. Most applicants are unaware of the key selection criteria to be successful in the role.

How much time is given to the asking of questions by each job applicant? In many cases, group interviews feel rushed because there are so many individuals trying to get their words in edgewise. As a result, many applicants will be confused as to whether they should speak up to highlight their skills or sit back and listen to determine what the hiring managers are looking for.

The whole process can be quite confusing. “It’s almost impossible to get heard by the hiring manager when you have several other people talking over you,” informs Ryan, “The ones’ with the biggest voice and are the most aggressive always get the stage making it difficult for you to convey your message.”

It’s important to remember how powerful social media is, the interview process is a big part of the candidate’s experience, your company’s reputation is at stake. Not only can cattle calls give off a lacklustre impression of your business, but group interviews can be difficult to arrange. I mean, really, would you take your vacation time off to attend a group interview? Considering the bad rep that group interviews have, are they really worth all the hassle?

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