Lesson 10: PANEL AND GROUP INTERVIEWS
There you sit alone in front of the room, waiting for the assembled strangers to attack you with interview questions. It’s really not quite that bad. In fact, there is an upside to panel interviews. You’d probably have to talk to each of these people individually at some point in the process this way, you get it over all at once. Panel or board interviews are often characterized by a standard set of questions for all applicants. Typically formal and organized, this interview format is often used in academia and government or for high level executives. Occasionally, you’ll encounter a panel interview for other positions in a company. Because of their unique dynamics and the stress they can cause unprepared interviewees, you should learn a little about why and how companies conduct panel interviews. Although you may never feel totally at ease in an atmosphere where you are getting questions from every side, you’ll perform better if you know more about the process in advance.