Panel Interview Mistakes to Avoid
The panel interview, otherwise known as the "tag-team
interview" or the "team interview" causes great
stress for many candidates. For those people who are
already terrified of meeting one-on-one with one
hiring manager, the panel interview can be a
The key to managing interviewing stress is the same for all
kinds of interviews - Preparation. Plan for your
panel interview in the same way you would for all
other interviews and don't let the thought of
multiple interviewers or recruiters add to your
are a few tips for success in the panel interview.
Make eye contact with more than one person on
the panel. One person may have asked you the
question, but you are still addressing your
answer to everyone on the panel.
Take extra copies of your resume and business
cards to the interview.
Do not be distracted by strange or odd behaviors
you perceive from the interviewers. Some may
have been called in at the last minute and you
really don't know what else is happening at the
Try to get contact information for the interview
panel. You will want to thank everyone.
Fee free to ask questions of any or all the
interviewers on the panel. You may get
additional insight into other areas of the
Manage your stress before, not during, the panel
interview. Get there early so you will have time
for some deep breathing exercises before you get
before the interviewers.
Marcia Robinson writes and trains on career,
workplace and employment issues for
BullsEyeResumes.com. She has more than 9 years
experience in higher education and 14 years of
business experience in the Hospitality and
Technology sectors. Robinson holds a BS in Business
Management and a MBA with emphasis in Human