How to Handle a Panel Interview

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Panel interviews are a lot easier to handle than you might think they are. Learn how to handle a panel interview with help from a public relations and human resources specialist in this free video clip.

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Hello, I'm Darryle Brown with Brownconsulting.org, and today I will share with you how to handle a panel interview. Interview panels involve multiple panelists of two or more. They will individually ask a question in which you will be scored based on your responses. Interview panels are some of the most common scenarios in job interviews. Here are several tips to assist you in preparing yourself for the panel interviews. Number one, upon entering the room, be sure to smile, give direct eye contact to each panelist when shaking their hand and wait until they offer you a seat before sitting down. Ensure proper posture by sitting straight and avoid leaning on the table when talking to the panelists. It's very important also to remember to bring your resumes with you in the event that they ask you about additional information pertaining to your resume and also to help you to prepare to ensure that you have all of the information ready to discuss at the time of the interview. Appearance is also important for the first impression so professional attire is recommended such as a dark business suit and professional dress. When asked a question by a panelist, ensure you give great eye contact, appropriate use of body language such as smiling or maybe perhaps appropriate body language to emphasize an important point pertaining to a question. Be sure to ask questions at the end to close the deal. This will enable the panelists to have a lasting impression of your interest and also your qualifications in becoming competitive in competing for that position. This concludes our presentation on how to handle a panel interview. I'm Darryle Brown from Brownconsulting.org. Thank you very much for watching.

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