Panels Interviews. Are your palms starting to sweat at just hearing the world? Does the idea of four (more or less) people sitting across from you firing questions at you make you nervous? We can help with that. Being prepared is an important step to cutting down those nerves.
Know Who is Asking You Questions
Sitting across from you there will people, managers typically, from different divisions of the company. If possible, inquire about who your interviewers are in advance. The more you know about them, the better you can focus your response. An important thing to remember is to not just focus and make eye contact with your potential direct boss. Engage the entire panel. For example, if you’re interviewing for project coordinator positions, your panel may consist of the head of administration, HR manager, department manager, and the marketing manager.
During the Interview
When you walk in, shake hands with everyone. Focus on remembering their names and titles to be able to address them accordingly during the interview. As they invite you to take a seat, be careful of the body language you are giving off. Sit up straight, lean forward, and engage yourself. Be mindful not to fidget and touch your face, a common nervous tic. Make eye contact with the person asking the question as they ask it; however, whenever you answer a question, make eye contact and address everyone on the panel.
Each department is going to be listening for something different. Your potential direct boss might want to hear more about your previous experience and how it correlates with this position while the accounting manager might be more interested in your budgeting abilities. When answering questions, elaborate to meet the priorities of everyone. The questions will come at you fast. Don’t let the pace of the questions frazzle you. They might start asking another question before you fully answer the previous question. Pause for a second before answering. Think about what you want to say. Proceed with answering without rushing through your answer. After they are done asking you questions, they will ask if you have any questions for them. ALWAYS ask something.
As you are leaving, thank everyone and grab their business cards. This will aid you when sending a follow-up thank you email.
Panel Interview Question Examples
Tell me about yourself.
Why do you want to work for our company?
How are you at handling tight deadlines for projects where this is minimal supervision?
Can you tell me about a time you experienced conflict within a team a how you handled that?
Tell us about a time when you dealt with a difficult client? What did you do to keep it from escalating?
What’s the worst mistake you made in your previous position? How did you come back from this?
How do you handle criticism?
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