First we need to get rid of the fear of being interviewed by multiple people simultaneously; it’s not as bad as it sounds. Let’s talk about some advantages of a panel interview, since most people are only aware of the downsides.
Maintain eye contact with the entire panel, not just the person whose question you’re answering. Direct slightly more attention to whoever asked the question you’re answering, but acknowledge the whole group with each answer you give. This is one of the most important panel interview tips. For more body language tips, check out my post on making a good first impression.
Provide specific examples and stories that highlight your accomplishments. If the panel asks about the extent of your experience in a certain area, try to provide an example or story to highlight that experience.
Ask questions. You can direct your questions to an individual or to the overall panel (in this case, they’ll decide who is best equipped to answer your question).
Avoid HR related questions. Don’t ask about benefits and compensation, especially in front of a group or interview panel.
Provide a resume for each person on the interview panel. They’re likely to have a printed copy in preparation for your arrival, but it’s best to come prepared just in case they do not.
Bring a notepad to take notes. Don’t take too many notes though; it should be a conversation rather than a note-taking session. It’s okay to use your pad of paper to write some questions down beforehand and refer to that as well. Check out the “Job Interview” section of my Free Career Guide for the types of questions you should be asking.
Learn the names of your interviewers. This is helpful for obvious reasons, and can help save you some embarrassment at the end of the interview.
Thank each panel member with a handshake at the end of the interview. Hopefully you listened to the tip above this and remembered the names of the interview panel!