A group exercise is a common type assessment that employers use. It can often help within the selection process to identify the strongest candidate for the role. A group exercise can determine:
1) Your ability to work within a team 2) Your communication skills 3) Your confidence 4) How you influence others 5) How you handle stressful situations 6) Your ability to listen to others 7) Your ability to use initiative
The type of task you will be presented with varies according to what the employer is looking for. However you should expect to be faced with a number of challenging situations that you will need to overcome within the group. Your group can range from anything between 3-16 individuals so be ready to work collaboratively with others.
Below we have put together some tips on how to handle group scenarios:
1) Avoid speaking over others and ensure you listen to anyone who is putting forward an opinion
2) Avoid aggression and try to remain calm and considered in the event someone else shows aggressive behaviour within the group
3) Try to get a balance of not overpowering others but ensuring you are contributing to the group activity