An alternative to Personal Interview and Group Discussion is a "Group Interview". Some institutes use this tool for their selection procedure. The Group Interview can last for 30 - 50 minutes. Here, a student's individual skills as well as his group skills are tested. The students may be allowed to interact amongst themselves or the interview may be a controlled one to maintain the protocol of the Group Interview. If the session is a controlled one, you should be very attentive to the interaction within the Group Interview. You might be asked for your reaction over some other student's statement. The formation of the group is normally done on the basis of a common binding factor e.g all students who have opted for a particular specialization in management, or all students with a common academic background.
This homogeneity makes it easier for the panel to engage the group members in a discussion. Student gets very little time to make an impression on the evaluators. Another way of conducting a Group interview is a variant of a Group Discussion, in which a group may be given a situation, case-study etc to discuss.
The interview panellists observe your overall approach. They observe how you emotionally respond to the group and how well are you able to handle stress. Your leadership skills and ability to take criticism are also be evaluated. In case you chair the meeting, the observers check your planning, and how effectively you manage the meeting. In case you are leading the group activity, the panel checks your efficiency in delegating tasks and doing your own tasks.
Group Interviews have been historically conducted by S.P Jain Institute of Management, Mumbai.
These interviews have been supported by psychometric testing to assess the students' suitability for the program.