Panel interviews can be really nerve-wrecking. These eyes are on you! This article provides five tips on how to unwind and put your best foot forward in the panel interview:
Tip 1: Research.
There are various avenues for research before attending an interview. Ideally, much of the research could be undertaken even before you have filed your application. The balance could be undertaken when you know with whom you will be interviewed.
Your research may begin by finding out as much as you can about the business in addition to the industry in which it operates. You want to understand the essential facts about the business, as well as any potential problems it might face. You will also need to identify what opportunities the company might want to tap into. The deeper you take part in research on the business and the industry it operates in, the greater your ability to identify potential problems and opportunities for that corporation. From there, you can consider how your distinctive set of KSAs(knowledge, skills and abilities) can be utilized to help the company overcome its problems and tap into possible opportunities. This component of your research can be undertaken before you even submit your application. The discussion you might have arising from this element of your research will enable you to really excel in the interview.
Once you have been officially invited for an interview, you can request the names of every member of the interview panel. With this information to hand, you’re in a position to Google interviewers by title with a view to identifying any interests you may share. You may also want to identify accomplishments, publications and/or advocacy panel members may have been involved in. You can drill down into the facets you most admire about each panel member. The knowledge you pick up about each panel member will go a long way to building a bridge between them and yourself.
Tip 2: Rehearse
Rehearse the interview with a trusted friend, relative or career counsellor. Doing this will give you a great deal of feedback on how you come across in an interview setting. Knowing how you come across, and having the opportunity to hone your replies will go a long way to helping you remain calm in the interview setting.
Another way of honing your interview skills is by applying for roles that you don’t have any intention of accepting (i.e.,”practice interviews”). In so doing, you can focus on developing your interview technique in a secure setting: Safe, in the sense that you do not care whether or not you are offered the role. The skills you develop by attending clinic interviews will translate to being more comfortably relaxed and able to put your best foot forward at those significant interviews.
Prepare your outfit, materials and accessories the night before. This manner, you will feel more relaxed and calm, knowing that everything you need is all set. Whatever you need to bring with you on the day can be carried on the side, leaving your right hand free to shake hands on birth. Doing this will leave you feeling organised and professional and will make a positive first impression.
Tip 4: Calm and Relax Yourself
It’s useful to take the opportunity to do some quiet deep breathing before you go into the interview itself. If you are travelling on public transport, you can do this while you travel. If you are driving, you can do so after you have parked your car securely. All you need to do is place your hands in your lap and do some quiet deep breathing for 5-10 minutes. If you have enough time, you will find it even more beneficial to do it for 20 minutes. With each deep breath you take, your whole body receives extra oxygen where it counts. You’ll find that you feel more relaxed, calm, centred, empowered, invigorated and energised. You’ll also feel like the most powerful and most confident version of yourself. That feeling will carry with you into the interview room.
You will find it beneficial to smile at everyone you meet: The receptionist, each staff member with whom you cross paths, any contractors or clients that are onsite, the person who escorts you to the meeting room, in addition to each member of the interview panel. You will find that the more you smile, the more smiles come back to you. So, be certain to smile often. At the very least, you can smile before answering each interview question.
At the end of the day, you can feel calm and relaxed, no matter how many people are interviewing you for that highly coveted position.