Ace a Panel Interview for a Professional Position

A panel interview is a performance, similar to giving a presentation—the same guidelines apply. Think of yourself in the role of an expert being asked for advice.


  1. Address the people interviewing you as if they are your clients or customers.
  2. Pretend that you are the expert addressing a group, and that the people questioning you want your advice and have no power over you.
  3. Keep your mind from wandering as you pay full attention to the questions asked of you.
  4. Give positive examples of your experience when asked.
  5. If asked about your weaknesses, offer an honest response and the way you have corrected that fault. Never state that your weakness is that you work too hard as the interviewer will realise that you are disguising a strength as a weakness and think you are unaware of your weaknesses and unable to work on improving your skills.
  6. If you are seated, fold your hands across your lap and place your feet flat on the floor.
  7. Be still—avoid jittery or repetitive movements.
  8. Relax during silence—speak briefly only after you are asked for information then stop talking and wait.



  • Wear comfortable shoes and make sure they are clean and in good condition.
  • Dress comfortably in loosely-fitting clothing appropriate for your job.
  • Smile


  • You may be asked the same question more than once in different words to see if you'll give a different answer. Preface your response with, "As I said earlier…" and repeat your answer from the last time you were asked this question.

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