I've often heard Mark and Mike recommend against using panel interviews (when you're an employer). But after having listened to all the podcasts in the backlog, I don't recall very much discussion of why panel interviews aren't recommended. Why are they?
I run our intern interview process, and we practice panel interviews with panels of 2-3 people. We don't create a high-pressure environment with interviewees firing off questions in quick succession, and we try to set candidates at ease so they're not too intimidated by several of us. We all read the candidate's resume, cover letter, and other application materials beforehand. So I hope we're avoiding some of the major reasons panel interviews aren't a good idea.