5 tips to manage Multiple Interviewer Panel

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Multiple interviewer panel

Imagine you will face not one but several panellists evaluating your potential- all concomitantly! You might be thinking, "That's not fair!" but that's the most standard way for companies to get a move on the hiring process. Instead of having candidates come in for assorted interviews, panel interviews are a well-planned and practical option for companies that cut corners rather than fanning out the process over weeks or even months.

Yes, building a good equation with multiple appraisers in that compressing situation may seem more arduous than connecting with just one. But it's pretty achievable once you have the right guidance and pointers to deal with multiple interviewer panel.

Let's look for some tips to help you crack the panel interview. Knock on wood!

You're going to learn:

1. How to make the grade in a panel interview?
2. What is expected of you and the psychology behind the panel interview process?
3. Instances of what you should be focusing more on in a panel interview.



Acknowledged! Interviewing in front of a panel is onerous, but if you think you can cut it with the same approach as facing an individual interviewer, this may sound iffy. In addition to working up with the ideal challenges, you must muddle through unanticipated comebacks in a room where you are expected to survive with a smile on your face.

So how and what should be your point of action? Let's take a look!


1. Identify the panellists in advance

Predominantly your panel will constitute disparate departments who are experts in their fields, which insinuates that they will appraise your skills and ability through a varied perspective. So, you must get the picture clear of who is going to be in the panel. A simple way of doing this exercise is to raise a query to the company contact (anyone who you had a conversation in the first place or maybe exchanged an email with). This will favour you in judging what questions can come from whom and essentially where you should be focusing more.


2. Engross all the panellist's attention in the conversation

Once you are confident about who will be sitting on the other side of the panel, you can work on building a favourable equation by connecting both at an individual level and conjointly as a group. You can answer all the questions directly but then elucidate further by building on points referring to other panellist's standpoints. For instance, one interviewer may pose about how efficiently you have run a team in the past- but the executives from other departments would be more interested in knowing your calibre in handling and working interdepartmentally.

3. Uphold your stance against the firing shots in the interview

Surviving against the "Firing squad" is a skill, but who said you can't learn to come across this round? The trick is you must know how to pull the strings by steering the momentum of the conversation. In concert, you must ensure you answer to the point and not run around the bush. If another question comes up to you in the middle of your answer, you must gauge which one is censorious and finish your thought duly.

4. Get ready for follow-up questions

Apart from the prompt response, preparing for follow-up questions is imperative. Multiple panellists give an extensive opportunity to interact with all the members and have insightful discussions. From targeting a micro perspective to getting a holistic picture will surely help you get through the interview round.

Pro Tip: Eschew getting out of content and ideas because this is your trump card which you can use to share more about your experience and backdrop.  

5. Don't panic and understand that it's alright not to have all the answers

Those 45 to an hour and a half can be daunting. Self-distrust may squirm anytime, but think this way- what's the worst thing that can happen? You may not be able to answer a question. You can humbly speak your mind and maybe share some instances from your experience. Moreover, don't be petrified about asking on sorting out questions you cannot comprehend.

6. Get enough material

When you arrive for the panel interview make sure you carry enough number of copies of each document you need to carry, like your resume, certificates or anything relevant, for each panellist.


HR fact

You only have 7 seconds to make an excellent first impression. Get it right on the first go!


It's never salubrious to think that panel interviews are skewed, even if it's tough to crack because it comes with many blessings. Consider these tips and see how these get you to ameliorate your odds when facing a group of interviewers.

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