The Panel Interview

The Panel Interview

An interview is stressful; you are on display and have to sell yourself as the best 

candidate for a position in a company. The only thing worse than an interview is the 

panel interview – when two or more people are asking you questions and watching your 

every move. This situation may not intimidate everyone, but it is certainly not a 

comfortable position to be in.

The reason for a panel interview is to get the opinion of multiple people at the same time 

on the viability of a work candidate. Typically the people that attend are from various 

departments within the company – a representative from human resources and the 

the department that is hiring at a minimum. This saves time and money for the company and 

Let them see how the candidates react under pressure.

When you are listening to questions during a panel interview, maintain eye contact with 

the person who is speaking. Once the question has been asked, make sure to address your 

answer to all who are present. Make eye contact with everyone and include them in your 

attention. Be prepared for follow-up questions from any or all of the attendees. Each one 

is going to want to know information from an angle that will directly affect their 


You may find that in some panel interviews, only one person does the talking and 

everyone else is there simply to observe. Still address all of your comments to the group 

and don’t let this unnerve you. It is stressful, but not unusual. Be flattered that 

they consider you a strong enough candidate to gather more than one person to evaluate 

your interview and choose you to work for the company. An interview is an investment 

for a company, an expenditure of money in the form of salaries; you are there because 

you have a chance at the position so take advantage of the opportunity.

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