The Introvert's Guide to Surviving a Panel Job Interview

The Introvert's Guide to Surviving a Panel Job Interview
From Recruiter - October 18, 2016

For an introvert, it doesnt get much scarier than a panel job interview. Speaking in front of a group of peoplecan get the sweat pouring. It may not be an easy feat, but there are some things you can do to reduce your stress and impress your jury of potential employers.

Try these tips to conquer your fears and shine during a panel interview:

Get Details

Ask for details about the interview before you arrive. Ask the hiring manager for the names of the panel members and their positions in the company. Then do a little online snooping to see what you can find out about their backgrounds.

This information will help you think of potential questions, and it will humanize the interviewers. Its a little less scary to interview in front of people who are no longer complete strangers. If you know the CEO attended the same college as your uncle or the top manager loves to travel, then you can use these points of commonality as icebreakers.

Practice, Practice, Practice

Many introverts fearfumbling over their words in front of a panel. Make sure youre ready for any scenario by doing some mock interviews in advance of the real deal. Search online for common interview questions and have a few peers or family members sit in front of you and ask them. Prepare answers so youre ready for anything.

Even the most thoroughly prepared person may be thrown by a curveball question during an interview. Think about how youll handle this situation so youdont find yourself in atailspin that ruins the rest of the interview.

Prepare for Small Talk

Introverts often feel uncomfortable with small talk, but its hard to avoid in the interviewing process. Prepare a few topics and rehearse with friends if it makes you more comfortable. Avoid hot-button issues like the upcoming presidential election or recent moments of civil unrest. Instead, focus onmore lighthearted faree.g., college sports, your hobbies, or places youve traveled.


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