My name is Katherine Sergiovanni and I joined the Research & Advisory recruiting team in November 2019. I have been fortunate to be part of many candidate journeys from the initial outreach and introductory discussions to their final interviews. The last step of the interview process typically ends with a panel interview.
For the Research & Advisory team, the panel interview consists of a role-play exercise or presentation followed by questions from the hiring team. This gives you an idea of what to expect in the position you are applying for, as well as the hiring team an idea of how you interact with clients. You’ll also have an opportunity to ask your questions to make sure the role aligns with your strengths and aspirations.
Here are 5 tips to help you nail a panel interview:
- Leverage your recruiter. Your recruiter is your coach and has seen many panels unfold firsthand. Meeting them prior to your panel interview can help you prepare and alleviate any last-minute concerns. Read over the instruction guide carefully and ask plenty of questions. Your recruiter knows this might be a totally new experience for you.
- Prepare visuals. Hiring teams are always excited when a candidate shares slides because it shows they took the time to research and prepare ahead of time. Often, less is more when it comes to these slides. No fancy fonts or animations are needed. Keep it simple – we want to focus on you, your content, and your delivery!
- Practice out loud. Feeling nervous for a panel interview is completely normal. Most candidates are asked to present in front of Directors and VP’s, and this can be intimidating. To get some practice in, grab your significant other, your kids, your dog, or your cat and rehearse what you want to say in front of them.
- Watch the clock. Panel interviews are structured to mock client engagement calls. Hiring managers are testing to see if you can be mindful of our client’s schedules, so it is essential to keep the session within the agreed-upon timeline. Stay on task, be concise, and provide relevant details.
- Be ready to receive feedback. At Gartner, feedback is extremely important. Most hiring managers will ask at the end of your panel, “How do you think that went?” Being self-aware of both your strengths and weaknesses is key and will show the hiring team how coachable you are. Mistakes happen – and we know that because Gartner is a people business. Be yourself, learn and move on from mistakes, and have fun with it.
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