Preparing for a panel interview is very difficult from the usual preparation for a one to one interview. Therefore if there is a chance that you will be required to attend a group interview then please prepare well for it so that you do not flounder at the sight of two or more interviewers waiting to fire a barrage of questions at you.
By the way if that scared you, please don't be scared!
It's a little different but not something you cannot ace with good preparation and the right mindset. Here you will learn the finer nuances of group interviews and some simple actions that will help you come off with flying colors in group interviews.
Group interviews otherwise known as panel interviews are the ones where there are more than one interviewers or interviewees. Typically group interviews are divided into following two categories
One Interviewer - More than One Interviewee
This is where there is one interviewer interviewing a multiple number of interviewees. In the industry however, these types of group interviews are not very common. These are used by companies to introduce themselves to job aspirants or applicants and field any questions regarding the company or job profile that might be generic in nature and is of common interest to the group.
Multiple Interviewers - One Interviewee
These interviews are widely accepted in the industry. Here a single job applicant is interviewed by a panel or group of experts. The advantage interviewers have in this type of an interview is that the mistake of hiring an incompetent candidate is significantly reduced as there are more than one people gauging the response of the interviewee.
Moreover this type of group interview provides them the flexibility to brainstorm and decide the candidature of an individual among themselves. Sometimes a panel is formed out of people from various backgrounds and expertise. For example if you are interviewed by a panel of three members, chances are one of them will be a technology genius looking to assess your technical prowess while another may be a people manager looking forward to your ability to work with a diverse group of people in a team. This gives the interviewing panel the opportunity to assess various facets of your personality and then allocate the job if deemed suitable.
In a panel interview, the interviewers look for more or less the same parameters that they would look for in a face to face interview. The only difference being that the efficiency of selecting a good candidate is significantly improved. Here is a list of traits interviewers look for
Here are a few tips that will help you ace the next panel interview lined up