Happy to hear that your resume has been selected for the panel interview but you are scared to face that since you can imagine the bunch of the strangers sitting across the table and bombarding you with plenty of questions that are so random and sometimes even out of the way. Since all these things might scare you like a nightmare but not to worry about when we are here for your rescue, we will help you with a few tips to prepare for the panel interviews.
Research about the organization and the people on the panel:-
The foremost and the most eminent tip that one needs to keep in his/her mind before appearing for the interview is to research properly about the organization in which they are going for an interview because one needs to be aware of the working structure of the organization and the job profile for which they have been selected for the interview. Since the interviewer is going to ask the question which will revolve around the same. The additional bonus that you can add on is to do a research about the people who will be there in the panel and will take your interview because then you will be able to decide their pattern of question and can prepare for it before appearing for the interview.
Crisp self introduction:-
The moment you enter into the interview room and take your seat, interviewers are curious to know about you and crisp intro plays the major part of your introduction if it goes well means you have successfully created your good first impression on the interviewers present in the panel. Make sure that your introduction should be crisp enough and your personality should reflect from the way you introduce yourself.
Focus on body language:-
The easiest way to judge a person is his/her body language, make sure that your body language should speak about the bold side of your personality and for that you need to focus upon your body posture:- the way you sit, the way you talk and your movement of your hands and eye contact. Make sure that you maintain good eye contact with the person who is asking you the questions and answer all of them gracefully with confidence and without fumbling with your words because fumbling does not leave a good impression on the interviewer since this can depict that you are nervous and that’s why you cannot answer properly.
Focus on your dressing sense:-
Always make sure when you go for an interview you never overdress or underdress you need to be perfectly dressed because that plays the major role in creating the first impression over the interviewers sitting in the panel. Try to pair up a simple formal shirt with a trouser or a pencil skirt for females, a simple and elegant dress always leaves a mark of your personality over the interviewers. Make sure you do not opt for too much sheer or deep necks and short length always go with some decent clothes not too fancy not too simple just in the middle and the perfect attire.
Pleasing everyone is not possible and it’s ok:-
When you go for the panel interview session you will face a common problem that you always cannot please everyone by saying yes to every opinion they say, so the best advice, in this case, would just stick to your opinion and take your own stand because at times you cannot agree with everyone’s opinion present over there which is completely ok. You do not need to worry about this just always remember that you stick to your words and opinion. They notice that the people who take stand for themselves depict a strong personality and they get attracted towards them.
Key to give the answers:-
All of the interviews depends upon the answers that you give and the way you deliver them to the panelists, always remember the key to the job is the interview and the best way to create your mark on the panelists is to answer the questions with confidence and maintain the eye contact. Always be prepared for some out of the box questions and remember that you no matter if you do not know the answer stay calm do not debate with them over the wrong answer which you are not aware of.
Now this is like an additional bonus to your performance in interview because most of the people do not have a habit of thanking the panelists later but it does play an important role in creating your image in the eyes of the panelists, all you need to do is that just say them thanks in person or else you can also drop the mail saying them thanks that will make them feel that you are a responsible person, that you understand the importance of the time given to you by the panelists.