In a panel interview (also called committee interview), you will meet with several individuals at one time, typically sitting around a conference table. Many of these interviewers will be your supervisors and colleagues, they may take turns asking you prepared questions. And generally, other candidates will be asked the same questions so that their answers can be compared. Panel interviews were first used in academia and health care industries, but are becoming more popular in corporate sector nowadays.
The advantage of panel interviews is that they are more reliable and job-related since panel members are accountable to each other, and interviewer can make their decisions on the same sample of behavior. To the applicants, the panel interview is less time-consuming, and can give you an opportunity to see how the staff works together. However, it can be more stressful since several interviewer are involved and the interview questions may be more rapidly paced.
The following are some tips for panel/committee interviews: