February 4, 2020 | 2 min read
Tips on Acing a Panel Interview
Panel interviews are probably the most nerve-wracking interview there is. After the initial interview, some companies conduct panel interviews, which can include two or more persons, who are typically hold leadership and decision-making roles. Unlike the conventional one-on-one interview, applicants need to talk to every person at the panel interview and impress them with their answers—which isn’t always easy. Here are a few useful tips on how you can ace that panel interview:
Do a Mock Interview
Get rid of nerves prior to your interview by doing a mock interview with friends. Research questions that get typically asked in interviews by employers and make yourself familiar with them. Keep in mind that it’s not always about what you say but how you say it. Eye contact and body language also has an impact on how your future employers see you.
Nothing is more embarrassing than being unable to answer questions about the company you’re looking to work for. Make sure to research about the organization—this includes the company’s background, leaders, and if possible their mission and vision. Employers would want to know if your character and goals align with theirs and if you could adapt and grow with them.
Your prospective employers would like to know more about you and they’d be happy to know you’re just as interested in them. You can show this by actually talking to them and asking questions. It’s also best to show a little bit of your fun side and let your personality shine through.
Like they say, confidence is key and having this at a panel interview is crucial. You need to be aware of what you have to offer as an employee and be confident enough to let your interviewers know and see it.