Career Guidance Tips:How To Prepare For Panel Interviews

Nowadays attending a panel interview is of huge concern among various candidates. Let us see some career guidance tips for the candidates to face the interview sessions boldly.

Understand the Purpose of a Panel Interviews:

  • With the help of this, the candidate’s ability to communicate effectively with multiple individuals about specific topics can be well assessed in a short period of time.

  • A collective decision to choose the right employee.

  • This can be more stress oriented and will take a long time to assess each and every ability of the candidate.

  • Just keep in mind panel interview process is not the same as group interview process.

Research about Panel Members

  • Gather information about the company and your job profile. Use networks, LinkedIn, organizational chart and HR contact number to know about the panel members.

  • Get to know how your job profile will impact your senior panel member’s job. You can also put yourself in your senior’s position and imagine how will you perform better.

  • Have an analogy to explain various issues about functional areas with a good focus on a particular department.

Career Guidance tips on how to Respond in the interview

  • As said earlier relate or justify with a story or a challenge you took up and how you accomplished it.

  • First of all Greet everyone as soon as you enter the room and it is good to make eye contact with the person who shoots up the first question and scan eye contact with as well while answering the question.

  • You can also answer the questions by referring to the person’s name which will honor the person who asked you the question. Answer as per the area of interest of the panel member and affirm it with confidence.

  • You can also take reference from your previous answers with other panel members. For example (I would like to overview in detail which has already been answered for Mark’s question on ‘so and so’ ). This shows your presence of mind.

  • Always have good control over your tongue and remember what you have because you may be cross verified in a different way by another panel member.

Prepare like a personal interview

  • Have a story: Make the interview interesting

  • Research: quite important

  • Listen carefully: Good Presence of Mind

  • Inquisitive questions: exhibits your interests

  • Queries regarding job: for good clarity

Follow the above career guidance and perform well in the panel interviews. You can also try a mock interview session before attending a panel interview. This will boost your confidence to face the panel.

All the best!

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