Facing an Interview Panel

If you are looking for university jobs, at some point you may face an interview panel.  Here are some tips to help you sell yourself to a group of people as opposed to just one:

  1. When you come into the interview room, shake each interviewer’s hand firmly and repeat their name. Have a notepad with you, and make a note of each name and job title.
  2. Listen carefully to each question. Make eye contact with the person who is speaking.  Nod if you understand the question or ask for clarification if you need it.
  3. Take a moment to organize your thoughts before answering. Keep your answers concise, and make sure you answer completely.
  4. It’s okay to use humor when answering questions; just remember you are not there to entertain the panel but to show that you are the best candidate for the job.
  5. Throughout the interview, make eye contact with each panel member. If you avoid looking at one member, or if you focus on one member, the panelists will notice, and it will be a strike against you.
  6. Be aware of your body language- avoid seeming flirtatious or condescending. Be respectful to each member of the panel.
  7. The questions asked by the panel can give you some insight into their main concerns regarding the position. If you have a chance to ask your own questions, take the opportunity to show, not just how well you have listened to the interviewers, but how responsive you are to their needs. For example: If they have asked questions about your leadership style, ask what type of leadership style works best in their organization.

If you are respectful and responsive to all the interviewers, you will be closer to fulfilling your college employment dream.

Dindy Robinson is the Director of Compensation at Texas Christian University.

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