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Panel Interview Tips

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Jan 01, 2013 7:56 pm

Have a firm CB this week with several two person panel style interviews. Curious if anyone has any tips about how to handle these compared to standard one on ones.

In particular I am curious if it matters to spread time and questions equally between them even if it might not be organic (i.e. one is easier to speak to). Or if they are in totally different practice areas, to what extent would you spend time asking them about their personal business potentially running the risk of boring the other one, or leaving them feeling unengaged.

Sorry if this is neurotic, have to do my due diligence here.

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Re: Panel Interview Tips

Postby ph14 » Sun Jan 06, 2013 11:00 pm

Anonymous User wrote:Have a firm CB this week with several two person panel style interviews. Curious if anyone has any tips about how to handle these compared to standard one on ones.

In particular I am curious if it matters to spread time and questions equally between them even if it might not be organic (i.e. one is easier to speak to). Or if they are in totally different practice areas, to what extent would you spend time asking them about their personal business potentially running the risk of boring the other one, or leaving them feeling unengaged.

Sorry if this is neurotic, have to do my due diligence here.


It's kind of weird. Be sure to address the person who asked you the question, but also make eye contact and speak to the other person. If they're different practice areas, then it would probably be more natural to direct more questions to the person in the practice area you're in, but be sure to ask more general questions that can apply to both.

They can differ based on the dynamics of the interviewers. If one is a partner and one is an associate, the partner might do most of the talking. So you will have to see how it plays out.

Just relax though. I don't see how you would prepare or approach an interview any differently. Just be sure to have questions applicable to any 2 members of the firm (which you should have questions of general applicability anyways).




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