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How to Ace a Panel Interview

Instructor: Shelby Golden
You can learn how to master a panel interview with this article. Get helpful tips on preparing, handling the interview itself and following up to ensure you make a great impression.

Take Extra Time to Get Ready

In a one-on-one interview, you only have to focus on one person. A panel interview involves multiple individuals, and you will need to be prepared to deal with each accordingly. First, prepare as you normally would by researching the company and then get ready to put in some extra time.

Try to find out more about each of the interviewers you're likely to meet. At the very least, try to learn what their job titles are. If you're going to be interviewed by the HR manager, a department manager and an accountant, they're all going to be focused on different things. Making sure you're ready to answer the questions that they're likely to ask will go a long way to ensuring you're ready for the interview.

You should also be ready to go over everything that appears on your resume, as well as prior educational or work experiences. Try to think up examples of your past actions that support your assertion that you'd be a beneficial hire.

Checking out this course on How to Prepare for a Job Interview can help you get ready for the big day. You'll be able to review common interview questions and brush up on the public speaking skills you're probably going to need to use during the interview. This course includes quizzes that you can complete to ensure that you're ready for the interview. You can access these lessons anywhere and anytime, making studying convenient for you.

Interact with Everyone

Once you're at the interview, it's important to make sure you connect with everyone on the panel. Make eye contact, shake hands and try to remember names so that you can properly address your interviewers. You should also make sure you try to show attention to everyone on the panel when you're answering questions, so they can all get a good idea of what you're bringing to the table and how well you'll fit into the team.

Be Thorough

A panel interview can be intimidating, but don't let that throw you off your game. You still need to make sure you're answering questions clearly. You also need to ensure that you're asking questions of your own. Don't avoid questions you would usually ask just because you're facing multiple interviewers. Your interviewers want to know that you have a keen interest in the company.

Finally, don't be afraid to take some notes during this type of interview. There's going to be a lot going on and remembering it all will be important. However, ask if it's okay before you start taking notes.

Follow Through

Take some time after the interview to write a short thank-you message to each interviewer. Making these letters personal by mentioning something the interviewer spoke to you about can help show that you're focused and that you were paying attention during the interview. This can help you stand out when it comes time to pick someone for the position you've applied for.

You can check out this Writing Skills for Business course to brush up on your letter writing abilities. This self-paced online course can help you focus on your audience, craft effective messages and review mistakes that should be avoided.

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