Word ‘Interview’ is enough to freeze anyone even the experienced candidate. However, good preparation will prove very constructive. This post comprises of 20 top Interview Questions for HR round with answers.
Many times HR interview isn’t the selection process, it is just the shortlisting process, and where selected candidates from the previous rounds will be out. Besides concentrating to get selected, you need to focus more on NOT being rejected. Your first few minutes in the interview rounds are quite important. Interviewers don’t know much about you. So, the impression that you will make initially, will set the right tone for the whole session and plays a crucial factor
Disclaimer: There are no right OR wrong answers for most HR interview questions. Your answers should ideally reflect your personality and preferences. Interviewers usually check the cultural fit in the role. It is best that you remain true to your personality. This way, both you & the interviewing HR could see if you are a good fit for the role you are being interviewed for. Generally being positive & energetic works well for most HR interviews (Except when it is about salary negotiations 😛 ) Here’s a list of most frequently asked questions and what could typically be some good answers.
Tell me something about yourself?
This will be the first and common question asked by an interviewer and sometimes tough to answer the question for some candidates. The question puts pressure on a candidate. You must be well prepared to answer the question. Start with a confident tone and give your answer promptly in the right way.
With this question, an interviewer wants to know more about you beyond your cover letter.
Start by greeting your interviewer: “Good morning or afternoon, I am thrilled to introduce myself to you. I am XXX and belong to XXX city. I have completed my degree from XXX University.
I have 5 years of work experience at XXX. In my current company, I was responsible for the XXX platform. I perform better in the fast-paced environment.
Presently, I’m looking for the right opportunity to use my technical know-how and creative skills at the most innovative organization like yours.
What do you know about our company?
Make sure you have done proper research about the organization where you are going for the interview, you must check out the history, work structure, and style of working. Check the company’s website, social media handles and gather all the details.
We all know it’s the fastest-growing company in India. Facilities offered by the organization to their employee are the best. People feel proud of being a part of this company as it provides complete support to the employees in the work front. The professional environment of the company is amazing. And I was searching for such a company.
Why would you like to join this company?
It is one popular question asked by HR in an interview
I will feel very proud of working for this company with a history of strong leadership. I have done web research and truly believe that company’s products or services and future projections are quite promising and impressive. This is one perfect place where my abilities and background fit rightly and will be used, respectively.
What are your strengths?
One of my best qualities is my positive attitude towards work. It motivates me even in challenging situations. I get along very well with the people and learn new ideas and concepts quickly leading to trouble-free teamwork.
Do you have any weaknesses?
This question is to cross-check you. It will be suicidal if you counterclaim the strengths that you mentioned, or, say weakness that can be the important part of a role you are hired for. But, you can’t stay quiet or say you do not have any weaknesses. The best way is to put ahead of the weakness that is not related to your job or give information as to what you can do to overcome it.
I generally tend to eat plenty of sweets though I know it’s not good for my health.
What are your hobbies?
Make sure you declare your hobbies in such a way that provides priority to the hobby, which is closest to your job applied for.
I love writing and researching about modern technology and have also published some articles. You can check out my work at the XXX link. Besides that, I like playing XXX.
Why we must hire you?
In this question, you must tell your qualifications or highlight the points that make you different and unique.
If it is your first start, you can start with something like “I believe every fresher must get a chance to prove themselves, even I am looking for a platform where I can prove my skills and abilities. For me, this is the best company where I can explore my skills. I am looking forward to being an important part of the company’s growth. I will try my best.”
Will you go for further studies?
This question basically to check your commitment towards the company and job. Never get carried away & answer it by saying yes you wish to. You have to give a little confidence to an interviewer that you won’t leave their company for your further plans.
Doing a PG is great, but I believe in industry exposure for better involvement in this domain. This industry provides much better opportunities for growth and I am looking ahead for the same.
Why are you leaving your current job?
*The main point is to focus on the positives and stay future-focused, instead of focusing on the negative things about your past or present at the current role.
There are quite a few reasons I want to move from my present job and wanting to acquire a new skill in my career growth in a direction I am interested in.
How long are you willing to work for us?
I am not somebody who jumps options frequently. Thus, I am looking ahead to serving the company for a very long time. And, it is my dream company and the job role offers everything I am looking for.
How do you handle work pressure?
Working in pressure brings out the best skills in me. There’s the determination that makes me do things in the best way. During my college time, I had to complete my presentation and had to complete multiple assignments at a given time. I broke down my project task in the right format and submitted my assignment on time.
How do you differentiate hard work & smart work?
Hard work involves plenty of efforts to acquire a certain goal. And smart work will take very little effort to achieve a similar task. However, both the work goes together because many areas that are new need hard work and some areas that are already tried have to be handled smartly.
How will you feel if you fire an employee?
It is a tricky HR question. You may have not done it or will never want to do it too. But ensure you put this right by reasoning out why to do so.
Firing is the last option I will consider. However, if there is not any way out, I may have to do it just by my organization’s rules. Frankly, I will feel terrible doing it.
What’s the difference between a group and a team?
The team involves people having the same skills and common goals they are focused to achieve and the group comprises team members of different interests and skills.
From scale 1 to 10, how will you rate yourself as per the skills required for the position?
It is a question to check your confidence level. Don’t fear to give the rating that justifies your skill levels.
From a scale of 1 to 10, I will rather give myself 8 for the technical skills since I can do XXX well. But, I definitely will work a bit harder in the areas of inexperience and improve myself.
Where will you see yourself after 5 years?
I am sure after 5 years, I will grow my skills and knowledge and find myself at the senior level position in your company serving better.
Why do I consider you over other candidates?
I find myself unique among the rest of my work-related and interpersonal skills. I give full commitment to my job and ensure I finish my tasks within a given time frame.
What is your salary expectation?
At present, I have not thought much about this area. I am a bit more focused on learning the essential requirements for the position I have applied for.
Do you have any future goals?
My first goal is to join the organization similar to yours and enhance my knowledge and skills thus serving as an important asset in return. Over a progressive note, I want to become XXX in the domain and ensure I keep this organization at a topmost in this industry.
What would you do if you are not selected for this job position?
I am quite sure that I will get hired. If the table turns other way around, then I will need to move on & look for another job.