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Q: My job interview was with a team of people. I was overwhelmed. What should I do next time?
A: “Smart job seekers do their homework,” says China Frazier, senior human resources consultant at Watson Wyatt, a management consulting firm in Sherman Oaks, California. “Find out who will be on your interview panel, their role in the organization and who the decision maker is likely to be.” Panels reflect the team–based culture we live in and accomplish many goals for the organization, adds Frazier. So get used to it.
Team interviews save time, cover everyone’s issues at once and test the candidate’s ability to focus. Besides that, you will most likely be working with that particular team, so they are interested in your “team spirit.”
This is an opportunity to shine. Introduce yourself and state the job you’re interviewing for. Make eye contact with everyone when answering questions. Keep answers short and when appropriate give examples of your accomplishments. Don’t be afraid to ask for clarification if necessary and have questions prepared. Bring additional resumes and, by all means, adds Frazier, maintain a sense of humor.