Whether their goal is to impress you to test your resistance, or simply to save time, it is common for several recruiters to receive you at the same time for a job interview. Discover here how not to lose a foot and succeed this delicate exercise.
Although an interview with several people (panel interview) may seem intimidating, do not be impressed. This type of job interview will allow your recruiters to test your stress resistance, your listening ability as well as your sense of speech. Keeping a positive and serene mindset will allow you to succeed in convincing them. If, on the contrary, being a college pushed the juries to create a more convivial atmosphere, enjoy, but do not overdo it: be both relaxed and professional.
Identify each partner
In general, your recruiters will usually introduce themselves. If this is not the case, at the end of your own introduction, ask them. It is important to note the name and the function of each one of them: this will allow you to understand each other’s points of view and ask questions adapted to the function of each one. Knowing the job of your interlocutor will also allow you to better answer his questions: if it is an operational one, you can talk technical; If it is an HR, perhaps it is more prudent to avoid a very specialized language …
Give equal importance to each interlocutor
This is well known and yet too little applied: it is essential to share your view fairly between each of the people who is facing you. The traditional trap is to focus your attention only on the person who leads the interview and often holds the highest hierarchical position, forgetting the other recruiters. It is not because one person asks a question that the other person is not particularly interested in your answer. On the other hand, if these people receive you several, it is that the opinion of each one of them will import. Be careful, therefore, to pamper your recruiters evenly!
Organize your answers
Often, because of lack of organization or desire to destabilize you, you are assailed by questions coming from all sides and succeeding one another without you being able to reply to the previous one. In this case, take note of each question, state that you have entered all of them; It only remains for you to formulate your answers in the order in which the questions were asked or to indicate precisely which question you are answering.
A trick to getting your answers right: take a few seconds before answering a question. Indeed, in the course of an interview with several recruiters, one of them often brings some clarifications to the question of the other. So, a question that may seem a little blurry can become clear, which will facilitate your argument.
To face 2, 3 or even 4 people should not push you to let yourself be carried by the wind. Indeed, conducting an interview with several is not easy for recruiters: how to organize, who must raise, who asks questions? It is therefore not uncommon to observe blanks due to the fact that each recruiter rests on the other to restart the interview. So do not be unsettled in this type of situation, and in the case of difficulty on the part of recruiters, why not take charge and talk about a subject you would like to discuss? Similarly, if one of the members of the jury has stayed behind and has not spoken, invite him or her in the exchange.
You know all the rules for successfully interviewing hiring multiple recruiters. Apply them to the letter, create a link with each one, and convince them!