What is a Panel Interview?
The panel interview can be intimidating! Know what to expect and prepare to handle the interview in a professional and winning way.
These type of job interviews are often considered a more time-efficient
process for the employer. A number of those involved in the
decision-making process from different parts of the organization can
interview the candidate at the same time, only one job interview is
How to Survive the Panel Interview
Find out what happens during this interview, how to handle it and be ready to face the panel.
What is a panel interview?
- Each panel member will take turns to ask questions relevant to their
interests and after the interview the candidate can be discussed and
rated from each member's perspective.
- Job interviews conducted by a panel are seen to be fair and valid as a
number of different opinions and views are taken into consideration when
making the hiring decision.
- These interviews are considered to be an effective way to determine how well the candidate handles stress and how the candidate interacts with a diverse range of individuals. Find out how to control interview anxiety
- These type of job interviews are more likely to be used in larger organizations where the position reports to a number of different people or has multiple supervisors.
- This interview tends to be more detailed, thorough and rigorous than a one-to-one interview as the candidate faces questions from different experts reflecting the different interests of each panel member.
Who will be on the panel?
Usually it is a mixture of relevant specialists - human resources,technical experts, line managers and can vary in number anywhere from 2 to 8 people.
- Try to find out beforehand who will be on the panel and make sure you know their names and job titles prior to the interview.
- Don't be afraid of phoning the company, usually the human resources department, and asking for this information.
- When preparing for a job interview do your company research to determine where they fit in the organization and what their perspectives and interests are likely to be.
- Each panelist will have a different role to play during the interview. For example, human resources will be checking that the candidate is a good fit with the company culture and people.
- The line manager will want to know about the candidate's ability to
perform in the job, the job-related skills and abilities that they bring
to the position.
- The technical experts will be determining if the
candidate has the necessary technical expertise.
How to prepare for a panel interview
These interviews tend to be formal and organized with a standard set of questions for all candidates.
- Prepare as you would for a one-to-one interview.
- Research the company, prepare good answers to common interview questions and formulate the questions you want to ask in the interview, keeping in mind the different individuals you will be talking to.
Panel interview questions and answers
In addition to frequently asked interview questions you can prepare for behavioral interview questions. It is advisable to spend some time on these as they can trip you up during your interview.
Use our complete behavioral interview guide with common behavioral questions and good interview answers to help you.
Competency-based Interview Questions and Answers
Essential panel interview tips
These interviews can be a challenge! Use these 7 excellent panel interview tips to help you succeed in your job interview.
These interviews are sometimes confused with group interviews. Find out the difference.
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