If you are wondering what HR interview questions you might face and how you can best handle your interview in the HR, you’ve come to the right place.
By the time you’ve finished reading this article you’ll not only know what to expect in HR questions, you’ll have some great tips to make your interview a real success!
Human Resources Interview Round: Facing the HR Round Interview
Here are 8 tips to a successful interview at the HR department:
- Arrive 10 to 15 minutes early. This gives you time to take a couple of deep breaths, relax, stop in the washroom to check your appearance, and gather your thoughts. It also looks good to the interviewer.
- Always greet your interviewer by his/her last name. If you aren’t sure how to pronounce it, you should find out from other staff in advance.
- Always let the interview be lead by your interviewer.
- Don’t be afraid to stress your achievements.
- Be enthusiastic, both verbally and with body language.
- When you are answering questions always answer in a manner that is relevant to the position you are applying for, and always emphasize what you can do for the company. Don’t be afraid to refer to your accomplishments, skills, and experience often.
- Have an extra resume with you.
- Try to avoid yes and no answers, instead elaborating your answer whenever possible.
Common HR Related Interview Questions
There are a number of HR questions that are almost always part of the interview process in one form or another.
Let’s have a look at some of those interview questions and the best way to answer them.
1. Tell Me About Yourself
This is usually the first question the interviewer asks.
Your answer should begin by telling the interview why you are qualified for the position and a good fit. Always match your skills, qualifications, and achievements to the position you are applying for. Think of this as your sales pitch. You need to sell the interviewer on why you would be the best choice.
2. Tell me Your Best Strengths
If you took some time before your interview to learn about what the company’s wants and needs were, you’ll be in a good position to answer this so that it benefits you the most.
Before the interview, you should have also taken time to make a list of your strengths so that when you are asked you can instantly answer.
3. Tell me Your Greatest Weakness
What you need to do here is disguise one of your weaknesses which is not related to the job (weakness that doesn’t have any impact on the job in question). For example – your accounting abilities, presentation skills or technical abilities etc.
You are showing one of these as a weakness and tell how you are handling to overcome it.
For more details, please refer to – What Are Your Weaknesses
4. Tell me something that has occurred that you are regret of
Never show your weaknesses or your faults, and never share a regret with an interviewer.
The best way to handle this is to pause like you are reflecting (lots of practice will make this seem natural), and then say something like I have no regrets because I work hard not to cause them to begin with, and while I’m not perfect I evaluate and learn each and every day.
5. Tell Me Why You are Leaving Your Current Position
Be honest. Tell them what you are looking for – more advancement, more challenges, more money, etc.
Also if you aren’t 100% sure you are leaving your current position be honest and tell them so, or if you aren’t working tell them.
For many more questions and detailed suggested answers refer to:
Human Resources Interview Questions and Best Answers
Behavioral questions that are regularly asked in HR interview
The HR personnel are practiced to ask behavioral question in order to evaluate the personal strength of the candidates.
You must practice answering work related questions that are asked to asses your performance in different situations. Here are the frequently asked situational/behavioral questions:
- Describe a stressful situation and how you have handled it
- Describe a time in which your judgment and course of actions were critical to solving a problem
- Describe a situation were your communication skills / presentation skills / sales abilities / ethics were come into effect
- Describe your decision making process or any difficult decision you have made in work related situation.
- Have you led / motivated / managed others? Tell success stories.
- Tell about any dispute / difficulties with team mates or coworkers you had to face in your previous workplace
Answering the above behavioral questions
It is recommend to practice your answers using the STAR approach –
- Situation/task: Describe the situation/problem or the task in details
- Actions taken: Explain why you decided to take specific actions and the process you followed
- Results: What were the results and what have you learned from that situation.
Mental preparation is also one of the keys for responding properly to the above questions.
This can be achieved by making a mockup interview and simply thinking thoroughly on your responses to the above.
You may also be interested in reading some competency based questions before the interview.
“Facing an HR interview is a bit like facing a kitten; it only feels like a Lion.”