The Best Techniques to Win the Panel Job Interview

The Best Techniques to Win the Panel Job Interview

Hey, everybody, it’s Andy, back for another
week to help you build a career you love. Today we’re gonna talk about the panel interview. I get this one every week at Live Office Hours,
people wanna know, “Andy, what do I do to ace the group interview? How should I handle it? Is there anything I need to do differently?” The great news is I’ve got a couple of techniques
that you can employ during the interview that will absolutely set you apart from all the
other job candidates. Now, one great thing about a panel interview
as far as your preparation goes, I’ve already given you all the techniques you need to know
as far as how to prepare for a job interview, whether it’s the phone screen, an in-person
interview with one person, or the panel interview. Your preparation, the steps you should go
through, getting your responses in order, getting your questions together, all that
stuff’s the same. All that stuff’s the same, you’ve just got
a few more people to research as far as who’s backgrounds you need to know, understand a
little bit about them and what they do, so there’s just a little more homework to do. But when you get in the panel interview, the
techniques to make sure that you win it have more to do with inclusion and developing connection
with everybody in the room. You wanna get everybody in that room to say,
“We want to hire her.” So, the way that you do that, there’s two
techniques. One is when the employer, or the interviewers
ask you the question. The other one is when you get an opportunity
to ask your questions and all of this is gonna be aimed at connecting with everybody and
being inclusive. So, first technique is when you receive a
question, whatever the question is, you wanna make sure that you’re focusing your response
on everyone. The biggest mistake that people make is they
lock in on the person who asked the question, or they lock in on the most senior person. You don’t wanna do that. When somebody asks you a question, regardless
of who it is in the session, you wanna make sure that your first few seconds or your first
20 or 30 seconds, you’re locked in with that person, you’re responding to that particular
person with your answer, and then you wanna move on to the next person or the others and
you wanna hold their gaze. You wanna make eye contact with them, you
wanna give them a few or 10 or 20 seconds of your attention with the response and then
you wanna move on to the next person. Depends on how many people you have, it also
depends if you have people on the audio or on the video, as well. Sometimes there can be people in different
locations, but you wanna make sure that you are making a connection with everybody and
the easiest way to do that when you respond is to hold their attention. Please make sure to do that. That’s what fosters that inclusion, that’s
what fosters that inclusion. Now, when you get the opportunity to actually
ask your questions, the biggest mistake that people make is that they lock in on their
boss or the more senior person and they tend to ask that individual all the questions. You wanna make sure that you have questions
that you’ve identified where you’re gonna include everybody in the room. Now, if you’ve had a chance to see in advance
who’s gonna be in the room, should be a lot easier as you prepare your questions, but
if you’ve prepared your questions the way I’ve outlined in one of my Live Office Hours,
which is how to ask your questions in a job interview, you will be ready to cherry-pick
questions from your list and designate them to the appropriate people. So, the trick here is you wanna make sure
that you ask some questions of the superiors or your direct boss, and you wanna ask questions
of every other person. If there are people in the session that are
holding the same position, perhaps you’re a sales person and you’re interviewing with
the vice-president of sales and two support engineers who support sales calls and a marketing
administrator and so on, if you’ve got multiple people with the same job title, there’s absolutely
nothing wrong with asking them a question collectively. So, “This question is for the engineers. I would love to get both of your opinions
on this.” That’s still inclusive. So, the point is just making sure that you’re
including everybody in your responses and in your queries. So, just deploy those two techniques. Do everything else the way that I’ve taught
you in the 400 other videos and podcasts and articles that are out there, you’ll be in
great shape. If you’re loving this, make sure, click the
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  • Andrew LaCivita says:

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  • James D XxmanoxX says:

    First comment 😀 this guy is great

  • Phil Min says:

    Thanks for the insights. Any body language tips for this type of panel interview?

  • Bill Benoist says:

    This is a great topic and I am really glad to see it discussed. This will definitely be a helpful video for so many people

  • Lysa Rodriguez says:

    Thank you for the reminder to include everyone in the answer process. They all have input and as such you give them the respect and courtesy during the interview.

  • AliNowak says:

    I agree, you should always use eye contact when talking to someone. This definitely builds a connection. Great advice

  • Professor Heather Austin says:

    Andy, wow, I love your breakdown of how to win the panel interview. These types of interviews are certainly intimidating. Your simple technique for conquering the panel interview will definitely put those at ease that have this type of interview coming up.

  • Heather Gerhardt says:

    Group interviews can be so intimidating, however, when there are more people talking, there is more conversation! I like that part!

  • Dal Dhaliwal says:

    Great video Andy and very helpful techniques to win the panel job interview. Thank you for sharing!

  • Adriana Girdler says:

    Eye contact goes such a long way! Somehow seems to make interactions that much more authentic. Great tips. Thanks for sharing!

  • Jill Seay says:

    I actually don't mind panel interviews – better than answering the same question 4 or 5 times.
    Great advice Andy!

  • Deb Peters says:

    Helpful advice when facing a panel interview, especially how to address and include all those on the panel. Thanks Andy!

  • James Schultz, Ph.D. says:

    No, Andy…not more homework…!?!? Say it ain’t so…!


  • Jill W. Fox says:

    It's amazing how something as simple as eye contact can make such a huge difference!

  • Connie Cotter says:

    More common sense advice. I love it.

  • Lynda LaCivita says:

    Such good advice!

  • Mr Beats says:

    I’ve got a technical interview today with 3 people. Wish me luck guys. Hope this video helps

  • Zelina Butter says:

    Tomorrow is my panel interview for my dream job…..

  • Marina S says:

    What about if the panel interview is audio only? Would it be appropriate when answering a question to say the requestor's name? Example, "Thank you for your question, Brad"..etc

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