In House Group Interview
Many companies utilize panel interviews to save time and give multiple employees the opportunity to interact with a candidate in a similar situation.
While many job seekers find this situation intimidating and challenging, there are ways to succeed when being grilled by more than one person at a time. Here are a few suggestions.
Make eye contact with and speak to everyone in the room - Although you may be interviewing with one senior team member and several subordinates, it is important to treat every member of the interviewing team with the same amount of respect. Acknowledge the individual who asks you a question first, and vary your eye contact from person to person as you give your answers.
Try to read and respond to different personality types and responsibilities - You can often figure out what kind of relationship the interviewers have with each other just by being observant and listening.
Take them one at a time - Remember that you are being judged by individuals with different thoughts and feelings. Each person will have his or her own agenda. For example, a human resources manager might want to learn about how you work in a team environment, while a department manager will want to know more about specific skills and capabilities. Try to make your answers satisfy the needs of all the interviewers in the room.
Be prepared - There is no substitute for solid interview preparation, and doing your homework. Before you go to your interview, research the company and, if possible, different departments. Make sure you understand the job description and the direction the company is taking so you can address the company's strategy, successes and challenges. We will provide as many details as possible including; company structure and who the interviewers are.
Pay attention to names and use them - When you walk into a panel interview, you will be introduced to several people and will quickly be told what each individual's role is. When you meet and shake hands with each individual, repeat that person's name, either out loud by saying, "nice to meet you, John," or simply in your head. You will then be able to refer to each person by name, which will make a big impression on the group.
Relax and be confident - While group interviews can be unnerving, your best bet is to take a deep breath, relax and have meaningful conversations.