Often the panel will consist of a broad range of managers and directors from various departments that interact with the position. This process can be very intimidating. Before interview questions begin, give each panel member your business card with the expectation of receiving one in return. That way you will be able to address each person by name and also send thank-you notes after the interview. The best way to handle a panel interview is:
- When responding, look at the person who asked the question.
- If someone is unfriendly or discourteous to you, treat him or her with special respect. Ask questions to prompt him or her to relate with you.
- Monitor the panel with care and diplomacy. If the interview is with a panel of superiors and things begin to go downhill, don’t try taking control of the interview process even if needed.