We all know how nerve-wracking interviews can be. To sit in front of an interviewer and hoping that we don’t somehow botch our chance of landing the perfect job can be frightening. But imagine having to sit in front of a bunch of people instead of just one. It’s not a delightful picture, is it?
Well, that’s what a panel interview is about. A group of multiple members of the organisation will be asking you questions and observing you to see whether you are a good candidate for their organization.
A panel interview is conducted so that all the panel members, who belong to different departments of the organisation or agency can reach a general conclusion about the relevancy of the candidate before hiring him/her.
It sounds intimidating but do not fret. In this blog, we are going to share with you a few tips on how to successfully ace a panel interview.
- Research: Apart from researching everything about the company like we usually do for one-on-one interviews, you should also learn everything you can about the panel of interviewers. Why? Because the questions asked will be different for each interviewer and it is imperative that you answer appropriately and correctly. Ask the recruiter for the names of the interviewers and go through their personal profiles on the company website or social media, to know the roles and responsibilities they hold in the company.
- Resume: Ensure that you take print out of your resume for each person on the panel. This way, each interviewer will be able to know more about and ask questions based on your experience and background.
- Practice: For this, seek help from your family members. Google the most asked interview questions and let them interview you. Practice your answer as many times as possible. This way, when the time comes, you will be more conconfident to sit in front of the group of interviewers. Plus, it will help you in answering questions smoothly and in time. However, make sure that you answer the questions swimmingly without sounding like a robot.
- Body language: It goes without saying that you have to maintain a good body posture during an interview. This means that you have to sit straight but not too stiff and maintain eye contact with whoever is talking to you. However, when it’s your time to do the talking, ensure that you make eye contact with each of them. Using hand gestures every now and then (but not too much) shows them that you are passionate about the job. Do not go in chewing gums and don’t fidget too much either.
- Be confident and remain calm: As there will be multiple interviewers, questions will be coming rapidly from various angles. This is when you need to remain calm and answer accordingly to each question. The interviewer will see how well you can hold up under pressure. So, do not be tongue tied and answer confidently while sticking to each point. This is how they analyse your train of thought as well.
- Ask questions: Don’t not be afraid to ask questions. This will show them that you are a professional and confident person, these are the two qualities that are important for every organization. Before the interview, write down everything you have researched about the company in your notebook.
- End on a good note: Make sure that you end the interview on a good note by thanking each person on the panel. Ask them for their visiting cards so that you can send personal thank you emails to each of them, within the next 24 hours after the interview.
Well, now that you have all the tools you’ll need to crack a panel interview, we will leave you here with our best wishes.