If you’re currently on the hunt for a job, chances are that you’ll encounter a group exercise at some point. These consist of setting a group of candidates a task or a puzzle to solve, whilst your potential employers assess how you interact. It enables them to see elements of your personality that may not come across as much in an interview.
You may have heard of some of these. One well-known example is ‘Nuclear War’. Candidates are given the names and professions of twelve people, and the candidates are to decide which three should be allowed in a three man nuclear bunker. The game looks at how the candidates rationalise and explain their opinions to others, whilst taking on board the suggestions of others.
However, some games are a little less well-known. So you don’t get caught out, here’s a few of the more obscure group exercises you might encounter during a job interview:
Four candidates. One job opening. Four knives. Thirty Minutes
They colour code the knives to tell the candidates apart.
Recreate Sgt. Elias’ iconic death scene from Platoon as authentically as possible:
Extra points are given to those who also hum Adagio for Strings and/or sustain actual bullet wounds.
Each candidate must put forward a case asserting why they deserve to live. The one with the weakest argument must be tied up by the other candidates and abandoned in Goole.
Obtained from goole-guide.com. Yes, that is a real website.
Candidates are provided with basic surgical equipment and are given thirty minutes to recreate the likeness of Nick Faldo on a dog’s stomach.
Obviously no interviewer will expect yours to look as professional as this on your first attempt.