Group Interviews – How to Do Them Right

Group interviews are a great way to discover what people think about a subject, but they’re not always easy to pull off. Group interviews can be intimidating but not necessarily more intimidating than solo interviews. Some group interview formats are just plain awful. Read this post to get some great tips on preparing for and conducting group interviews.

Some interview questions are good because they help the interviewer learn much about the interviewee. Some are bad because they are too personal or invasive. But other questions aren’t good because they don’t elicit much helpful information. We’re going to look at what makes a good group interview question. In this section, we’ll talk about group interviews, how to find the right one for your project, what you should do when they’re happening, what to do once the discussions are over, and how to give the best possible feedback to the people who participated. We’ll then discuss some interview questions that are hard to get right.

Group Interviews

What are group interviews?

Group interviews are conversations between two or more people familiar with each other. It’s a way of talking about a topic in a casual setting, where everyone can ask questions. Group interviews are a great way to get various opinions from a group. The main drawback is that the interviewer can ask inappropriate and personal questions. I’ve had y fair shbef bad group interviews, especially when I’ve been interviewing a group of people who know each other well. I’ll give you an example. A while ago, I was asked to interview a group of students from a university. We didn’t know each other, so I was interested to see how they would interact. I asked the group a question about their plans for the future. When I asked the question, it was clear that I was getting their responses out of order, which made for an awkward conversation.

How do you conduct group interviews?

You’ll probably ask the participants the same questions during cog group interviews. However, the tone of each question needs to be different. Some questions should be used to gauge how knowledgeable the participant is. These questions should be pretty general, such as “What are some examples of ecommerce websites?” or “How does Amazon compare to other retail websites?”

Other questions should be used to determine whether a person’s opinion is aligned with the views of other group members. For example, a question such as “What is the most important thing for a business owner to know about SEO?” would be an inappropriate question to ask: “What would you recommend to a new business owner who wants to start their SEO campaign?” This type of question is essential to avoid bias.

The third type of question determines how well the participants can relate. For example, a question like, “What is the biggest challenge you face when you’re working on your website?” would help you determine if you should invite other participants to your interview.

How do you prepare for group interviews?

When you’re asked to participate in a group interview, you don’t need to have all the answers already prepared. But you must know how to get the best out of the discussion. There are three main points to remember when preparing for a group interview:

• Get to know the interviewer.

• Know the subject matter.

• Know yourself.

Getting to know the interviewer is essential because this person is asking the questions. To prepare for an interview, I recommend reading some questions the interviewer is most likely to ask. These might be the first questions you’re asked, but they’re athey also the best insight into the interviewer’s personality. Once you’ve an idea of the interviewer’s personality, you can tailor your answers accordingly. If you have a good understanding of the subject, you can ask specific questions about it, and if you don’t have a firm enough grasp of the subject, you’ll probably be able to pick up a few valuable facts. Finally, it would help if you prepared for your thoughts and feelings. This can come in the interview if you have strong opinions. You can also keep your answers short and to the point.

What to expect from group interviews

Group interviews are great because they allow people to talk about topics they otherwise wouldn’t be able to get away with. This will enable you to hear from a wide range of people, which is critical when determining the best way to reach your audience. However, there are certain pitfalls you should avoid. For example, you are asking a question that’s too personal or obvious. If you ask an interviewee how many children they have, you will get a predictable answer.

It would help if you didn’t ask interviewees too broad questions, as they are with general questions. You’re better off asking them about a specific problem they face. Another thing to remember is that group interviews are less effective if you only ask people from the same industry. For example, asking someone about the best way to market a mobile app may not be effective if the person has never done mobile before. Instead, look for a diverse mix of people. You don’t have to be as picky as the Sturgeons and Dolphins in the Animal Kingdom. Keep the mix as balanced as possible, and you should be fine.

How to structure your group interviews

A common misconception is that an excellent common misconception is drawn out. A good group interview should be structured to maximize the valuable information collected. While there are no hard-and-fast rules, the following are some guidelines when structuring a group interview.

• Make sure you include a set number of questions. When interviewing five people, it’s usually best to have seven questions. A good rule of thumb is to aim for five or seven questions.

• Try to have one or two questions that can be answered with a simple yes/no. Questions like “Which is the most important factor in SEO?” or “Is Google paying for links?” are not very informative. Instead, ask, “How important is the number of keywords on a page?”

• Ask a range of questions. For example, if you’re asking five people how important it is to use descriptive titles, you can also ask them to give you a range of values.

• Ask open-ended questions. An open-ended question allows you to explore a subject by asking follow-up questions. For example, you could ask, “How can you measure how many times a site has been shared?”

• Ask questions that will lead to discussion. Ask questions that prompt discussion and don’t just lead to answering.

• Use multiple participants. You can even use the same person for all the questions, but using different people is better.

For example, you can use the same person for all the questions on how important a website is for SEO. Then, you can have someone else interview about how important it is to have good content. You can follow this up with a third interview with a different person about the best way to generate traffic.

When should you do group interviews?

Group interviews are a great way to get a lot of information from various people. The only downside is that the interviewee can be uncomfortable. One way to overcome this issue is to be careful about how the group interview is set up.

The first set up the group interviewee in a small room with just a few other people. Instead, have the group interview in a bigger room with other people, so the interviewee doesn’t feel like she’s all alone.

Second, try to have the interviewee in a group of six or fewer. Having more than this can make the interviewee feel isolated.

Third, be careful about how you introduce the interview topic. If you ask the interviewee to start by talking about themselves, they might feel uncomfortable sharing any opinions.

Instead, try asking a series of general questions, such as, “What is your biggest pet peeve when it comes to the Internet?” or “What are some things that you would like to see happen on the Internet?” The results may be different, but the process is the same.

Frequently asked questions about group interviews.

Q: How did you prepare for the group interview?

A: I took my time and was very careful about what I said, and I watched a few videos beforehand to learn how to answer questions positively. I also prepared some general questions that I could use throughout the day.

Q: What did you think about the experience overall?

A: It was enjoyable.

Q: How did you feel while taking the group interview?

A: I felt like I was a part of something great.

Q: How did you feel about being interviewed by the other group members?

A: I think it was good to talk to them because I can see where they are coming from. They were honest with their answers.

Q: What did you enjoy most about the group interview?

A: I enjoyed talking to all of them and getting to know them better.

Q: What did you enjoy least about the group interview?

A: I didn’t like being the last one there.

Q: What’s your favorite food?

A: I like pretty much anything, but I love pasta and pizza.

Q: What’s your dream job?

A: My dream job would be to become a veterinarian and live on a farm.

Myths about group interviews

1. Groups are more effective than individual interviews.

2. Group interviews require no preparation on the part of the interviewer.

3. Group interviews are easier to organize.

4. Group interviews are easier to organize.

5. Groups give a better feeling of equality than individual interviews.

6. Interviews with groups are more accessible to follow than individual interviews.

7. Group interviews are more interesting for the interviewees.


In conclusion, group interviews are a great way to gain first-hand experience. They allow you to ask questions to people who have gone through similar experiences. You can learn a lot from these interviews, and you can also learn a lot about yourself. Don’t forget that it’s also a great networking opportunity. And if you can connect with people you’d like to work with, you can get a leg up on your future career.

Amanda R. Dubose

Spent high school summers getting to know dogmas in Minneapolis, MN. Spent several years merchandising walnuts worldwide. My current pet project is researching Slinkies in Jacksonville, FL. Spoke at an international conference about testing the market for action figures in Hanford, CA. Spent the better part of the 90's lecturing about cellos in Orlando, FL. Spent 2001-2007 building sausage in Naples, FL. Tv fanatic. Internetaholic. Travel expert. Incurable zombie nerd. Coffee advocate. Hardcore web trailblazer. Gamer.