Interviews can be tough, but being interviewed by a panel can be even more daunting. How can you ensure you perform for your best for the panel?
Do you research! If you’re able to find out the names of those interviewing you, try to find out a little bit more about them and their role in the organisation. LinkedIn is the perfect tool for this type of research!
Prepare but don’t memorise. Preparing answers is fine, but don’t plan your answers word for word; it won’t seem natural to the panel and if you forget part of your answer you could struggle further into the interview.
Engage the panel. Even if one person is asking the questions, try to make eye contact and deliver your answers to everyone present.
Remember your body language! From the moment you step in the room you’ll be giving off signals; remember to smile and keep your shoulders back, and again be open to all of the members on the panel.
Remember the plus side. Although a panel of interviewers can be nerve-wracking, with more people meeting you at the first stage interview it’s likely a decision can be made quicker – which means no second stage interview!
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