Interview Type: Panels

Various representatives involved in the hiring process may meet with a candidate at the same time for a panel interview. These are often conducted just like any other interview (namely, consisting of common and /or behavioral interview questions), but are unique in that rapport can be more difficult to establish with each person on the panel. Because this is such an important part of the interview process, take the opportunity when you are introduced to look each person in the eye, greet her/him using her/his name and shake hands.

As you answer questions, respond by making eye contact and using the name of the person who asked the question, then include the rest of the panel in your answer. As you answer, try to cross reference answers you’ve previously made (if it’s appropriate), but don’t simply repeat your previous answer. When preparing questions be sure to include ones that are relevant to each person’s role within the organization.

At the conclusion of the interview, be sure to get business cards for all panel members to send each of them a thank you note.