One-on-one interviews are stressful enough. But a panel can take that pressure to the next level. What can you do to prepare, no matter how many people you’re facing? Here are 5 tips:
#1: Don’t get caught off guard.
When you’re scheduling the panel interview, make sure you know who you’re going to be interviewing with. When you know the size of the panel, you can better mentally prepare ahead of time. In addition, when you know who they are, you can research each individual and learn about their role at the company. That will give you a better sense of what kinds of questions each one will ask.
#2: Plan to spend a half or full-day there.
While your first interview may have been for only an hour, panel interviews are often longer and more intense. They may also involve a tour of the facility and a chance for you to meet potential co-workers. You don’t want to send the wrong message and cut anything short; so plan to take the day off work if you’re currently employed.
#3: Prepare for more detailed questions.
The initial interview may have involved some basic questions about your background and covered details about the job. Expect more digging in the panel interview. For instance, interviewers will want specific examples of your accomplishments and how you made a positive impact at your past employer.
Also, if you have anyone in your network who works, or has worked at the organization, connect with them ahead of time. Ask them for any tips or advice they can offer on what the panel is most interested in and delivering a top-notch performance.
#4: Be ready to demonstrate fit.
Beyond your hard skills, interviewers will want to know what working environment is the best fit for you. They’ll want to know about your communication skills, how you get along and work with others, and how you faced challenges in past positions. So in addition to demonstrating technical aptitude, be prepared for the panel to dig into your interpersonal skills.
#5: Send a thank you note.
Before you leave the interview, get business cards from everyone who interviewed you. Within 24 hours, send along a thank you note, whether emailed or handwritten, thanking each member for their time and expressing your continued interest in the position.
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