Friday, August 23, 2019

Top 10 HR Interview Questions & How To Answer Them

These are top 10 HR interview questions and will help you in preparing for the interview. when responding to HR interview questions keep your answers brief and to the point.? If you are faced with a difficult HR interview question, make sure you stay calm, don’t get defensive, and take a moment to think about your response before you answer the interview question.

Remember, the responses below are only suggestions when attending an HR Interview. Try to personalise your response as much as possible.

Tell me about yourself.

Answer: Identify some of your main attributes and memorise them. Describe your qualifications, career history and range of skills, emphasising those skills relevant to the job on offer.

What have your achievements been to date?

A. Select an achievement that is work-related and fairly recent. Identify the skills you used in the achievement and quantify the benefit it had to the company. For example, ‘my greatest achievement has been to design and implement a new sales ledger system, bringing it in ahead of time and improving our debtors’ position significantly, saving the company ?50,000 a month in interest’.

Are you happy with your career-to-date?

A: This HR interview question is really about your self-esteem, confidence and career aspirations. The answer must be ‘yes’, followed by a brief explanation as to what it is about your career so far that’s made you happy. If you have hit a career plateau, or you feel you are moving too slowly, then you must qualify your answer.

Constantly talking isn?t necessarily communicating.- Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) ? Joel Barrish (Jim Carrey)

What is the most difficult situation you have had to face and how did you tackle it?

A: The purpose of this HR interview question is to find out what your definition of difficult is and whether you can show a logical approach to problem-solving. To show yourself in a positive light, select a difficult work situation which was not caused by you and which can be quickly explained in a few sentences. Explain how you defined the problem, what the options were, why you selected the one you did and what the outcome was. Always end on a positive note.

What do you like about your present job?

A: This is a straightforward HR interview question. All you have to do is make sure that your ‘likes’ correspond to the skills required for the job on offer. Be enthusiastic; describe your job as interesting and diverse but do not overdo it – after all, you are looking to leave.

What do you dislike about your present job?

A: Be cautious with this answer to this HR interview question. Do not be too specific as you may draw attention to weaknesses that will leave you open to further problems. One approach is to choose a characteristic of your present company, such as its size or slow decision-making processes, etc. Give your answer with the air of someone who takes problems and frustrations in your stride as part of the job.

?What are your strengths?

A: This is one HR interview question that you know you are going to get so there is no excuse for being unprepared. Concentrate on discussing your main strengths. List three or four proficiencies e.g. your ability to learn quickly, determination to succeed, positive attitude, your ability to relate to people and achieve a common goal. You may be asked to give examples of the above so be prepared.

What is your greatest weakness?

A: Do not say you have none in response to this HR interview question- this will lead to further problems. You have two options – use a professed weakness such as a lack of experience (not ability) on your part in an area that is not vital for the job.

Must Read:?Use Coworking For Networking

The second option is to describe a personal or professional weakness that could also be considered to be strength and the steps you have taken to combat it. An example would be: “I know my team think I’m too demanding at times – I tend to drive them pretty hard but I’m getting much better at using the carrot and not the stick”.

Why do you want to leave your current employer?

A: in response to this HR interview question state how you are looking for a new challenge, more responsibility, experience and a change of environment. Do not be negative in your reasons for leaving. It is rarely appropriate to cite salary as your primary motivator.

Why have you applied for this particular job?

A: Through this HR interview question the employer is looking for evidence that the job suits you, fits in with your general aptitudes, coincides with your long-term goals and involves doing things you enjoy.? Make sure you have a good understanding of the role and the organisation and describe the attributes of the organisation that interest you most.

It is not our abilities that show what we truly are, it is our choices – Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002) ? Dumbledore (Richard Harris)

Thanks

Jappreet Sethi

Jappreet Sethihttp://humanresourcesblog.in/
I am a HR & Business Strategy professional with experience of leading HR & People Consulting practice of multinational professional services firms. I specialize in designing & delivering dynamic learning experiences in service of human development. I have over a decade of experience across various facets of HR and Process Consulting. I am a Six-Sigma Black Belt along with a certification in using Lean for process improvement. I am also a certified user for psychometric instruments like MBTI, FIRO, CPI & Saville Consulting Suite; I am among the few in India who specialize in using Art and Drama for Leadership Development and Personal Counseling. I have been rated twice as one of the Top 100 employee engagement experts in the world by a New York Times bestselling author.

Related posts

Project Manager interview Questions & Answers

Are you planning to interview for the Project Manager Job, the role of Project Manager...

Building Architect Job Interview Questions and Answers

Here are the top Interview Questions & Answers for Building Architect Job What is the role...

Urban Planner Interview Questions and Answers

Here are the top Interview Questions & Answers for Urban Planner Job, an urban planner...

Conservation Architect Job Interview Questions and Answers

Here are the top interview questions & answers for a Conservation Architect Job What is the...

Share this post

Most popular

How To Race Ahead In Your Career

Its easy to get cynical and believe that successful people are political or sell out, suck up, stab people in the back, use their contacts and so on. The facts are dramatically different from this;

Want to stay on track with your New Year resolutions?

Last week I met up with a former client who I had not seen for...

Five Leadership Tips for Women in Organizations

"Careers are a jungle gym, not a ladder," writes Sheryl Sandberg in her new book,...

Career Lessons From Warren Buffet

Buffet says, ?Success is getting what you want, happiness is wanting what you get. I won the ovarian lottery the day I was born and so did all of you. We?re all successful, intelligent, educated. To focus on what you don?t have is a terrible mistake. With the gifts all of us have, if you are unhappy, it?s your own fault.?

Three Things Bill Gates Has Learned From Warren Buffett

Last month, I went to Omaha for the annual?Berkshire Hathaway?shareholders meeting. It?s always a lot...