Hi and good luck! When our unit has many applicants we occasionally use this method. Basically a panel interview consists of different people (the makeup can vary) all being given the opportunity to hear your answers to various questions at once. It's the questions that I think you really need to be on the lookout for, because if the panel is not given a "set" of questions to choose from, their questions will all reflect what their particular roles are. A doctor might ask you a very fact based " how would you handle this communication from me" question, and a manager might ask a " how would you handle conflict?" Question. So you REALLY want to be prepared with answers. I personally love seeing a prepared nurse come in to interview, even someone who has their answers to questions written down for reference! It speaks to their willingness to do some work to get the job.
Here's some of my "do's"
1) do know as much as you can about the position and the institution. Use the hospitals website, and refer to it. "I saw and your website that you are a magnet hospital. I really respect the work that must have gone into getting that prestigious certification." Call hr for info, ask people that work there, etc.
2) this one goes without saying, but please DO look professional. It's amazing to me how many people come in in frumpy clothes or scuffed up shoes or hair in ponytails.
3) do spend time thinking about your answers. It's ok to give questions thought or even ask if you can come back to a question in a few minutes.
4) do have the basics down, strengths/weaknesses, why you want the job, what can you bring to it
1)don't ever bash in any way another manager or coworker, no matter what
2) don't be so anxious that you don't ask questions when you're asked. My favorites are; tell me about your orientation, what are you looking for in a candidate, and how are your nurse to patient ratios. Those are safe, easy questions for the interviewers to answer but still show you came prepared.
3) don't use cookie cutter answers. I can't tell you how many times I've heard, " my weakness is that I try to be TOO perfect, or too thorough, etc etc." I want to hear a REAL weakness, and what you plan on doing about it. Time management isn't a good one, every new grad is working on time management. A good one might be that you are working on reviewing pharmacology or physiology, or making sure your communication is clear during report, etc.
4) dont work yourself up to the point that you almost cry. This actually happens a lot. You'd be better off asking for a break to the restroom to collect yourself. Take a deep breath and slow yourself down. The more prepared you are, the less nervous you'll be!
Good luck, I hope this helped a little!