By Ruoro Kairu
Whether you are a seasoned professional or a fresh graduate, you’ll agree attending an interview can be one of the most petrifying process of the job search. At this point, you’ve already sent your professional CV, the recruiter has seen it and matched your skills and qualifications to what the employer wants.
The next part is for you to now show the recruiter what is on paper is who you are. Sounds easy enough?
Purity called in two weeks ago; she had been looking for a job for two years. Before that, she had worked in the banking industry for four years. After we spoke for a while, she told me she had been invited for an interview a week from then.
The interview was in an international organization. As she was doing her research about the organization, she found an employee who had posted on one of his social media profiles. He spoke of how he had been interviewed by the organization. In the post, he wrote about how the interview was conducted by a panel, and how that had intimidated him. Purity too, was worried, which is why she called in. She wanted to know how to ace a panel interview.
Purity was right to be worried. One interviewer is more than enough to worry about, what about a full panel? Luckily, I spoke to one of the interview coaches here at Corporate Staffing Services on how to conduct yourself in a panel interview. Here’s is what the coach had to say;
1. Familiarize yourself with the interviewers
Being in an interview with strangers can be antagonizing. Beforehand, research all you can about the organization. Look up the different leaders who might be involved in the interview.
Once you have a potential list of the panel, you can look them up on LinkedIn. At this point, you’re trying to understand their interests, qualities, and the values they uphold.
Read on to see more on tricks you can use to ace your next panel interview.