Imagine walking into an interview and finding seven people sitting around a table, looking you over from head to toe.
Then, after a moment, it strikes you that you will be interviewed by the whole panel.
This can make you feel extremely intimidated.
There are some nurses who would just freeze out of fear.
Fear will not help you if you are hoping to give the interviewers a good impression.
When getting ready to attend an interview, you need to prepare for the worst.
A panel interview is very challenging, and most nurses get caught unawares and totally lose confidence.
Some companies that want to interview a large number of employees in a short period of time tend to go for the panel style of interview.
Many other employers do not like this model and consider it outdated; however, it is best to prepare for the worst so that you are not surprised.
The employers that follow this model consider themselves as being fair and objective because it means that many peoples’ opinions will be considered as opposed to one or two people making the decision.
In this article, I’ll share five tips on how you can ace the panel interview.
- Walk into the room confidently, and don’t forget to smile. This will put you at ease and show that you are a friendly person.
- Introduce yourself to every panel member, and remember to make eye contact. If you can remember their names, it will be an advantage, because when they ask you a question, you can answer it personally using the panelist’s name.
- Even if one panelist asks you a question, don’t just focus your attention on that person. Make eye contact with all panelists as you answer the questions.
- Be aware of your body language. Relax and breathe slowly.
Avoid mannerisms like tapping your feet or wringing your fingers.
Remember, the panel is watching your every move. Think of something positive like, “These are my friends.” and don’t over think the questions that they ask you.
- Answer them honestly and to the best of your ability.
At the end of the interview, remember to shake every ones hand, and thank them. If you think your palms are sweating, just nod your thanks.
What are your thoughts on panel interviews?
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