Here are some essential tips for acing your panel interview and getting the job you deserve:
No hair patches!
Easy on the makeup
Don’t marinate in perfume
Application: What you must include
Resume: What you want to include
Bring 7 copies of resume and OFFER to hand them out before the interview starts
Resume should be one page in length (exceptions for higher positions can include a four page color resume)
Don’t include high school stuff, personal information, or unrelated information
Don’t assume ANY of it will get read!
Beginning the Interview:
Strong, firm handshake
Don’t change your handshake if it’s a woman
Pronounce names CORRECTLY and use their rank. (Chief Smith, Captain Jones)
Ask to move the chair if needed
LISTEN to the question thoroughly
Pause for a moment and THINK!
Remember: Listen, Think, Respond!
SMILE as you begin (it’s almost always appropriate)
Come out and answer the question and then elaborate
Answer should be no more than 2-3 minutes in length
Relate the question to the position
Give an example where you can and only if it fits
Be passionate about your answers
Have a close to the question: “And that’s what leadership means to me.”
SMILE when you’re finished!
Video tape / record yourself doing panel interviews
Become self-aware of your bad habits and STOP THEM!
Practice your panel interview skills
Show some passion and enthusiasm for the job!
Have your opening memorized: 3-4 minutes only
Have your closing memorized 15 seconds – 1 minute only
Bring in your favorite quote / story (SHORT!)
Bring out information from your resume – assume it won’t be read
Know how you would answer a wide variety of questions, especially about YOU:
Why you want to promote
Why you should be selected over other candidates
Answer too quickly
Speak too low
Tell the panel how nervous you are
Spin in your chair
Ah and um your way through it!
BS your way through a question
Ramble on and on and on
Ask if that’s what they were looking for or if you answered it thoroughly enough
Turn on the water works (There’s NO CRYING IN PANEL INTERVIEWS!) – don’t even well up!
Give a bunch of personal information in the interview
EVER SAY “Wow, that’s a tough question…” or “Wow, that’s a great question.”
Ask to have every question repeated – once or twice is ok.
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