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Preparing for HR Interviews

Preparing for HR Interviews


Ever faced an HR interview before? In case you haven’t, I am sure that you might face one soon enough. It’s very easy to look at HR questions before an interview when preparing and think there isn’t much point and they are easy to answer in the heat of the moment. Remember when you see people freeze on TV on a quiz show…..this can also happen to you if you haven’t prepared what you might say. Don’t let this be the reason you don’t get your dream job and take a look at some of the most common questions and think about what you could reply with:


• Tell me something about yourself in brief
• Describe who you are or tell me about your background.
• What are your strengths and weaknesses?
• You have changed jobs/jumped ship too many times already, why so?
• What are your strong points? or What are your strengths?
• What is your greatest fear?
• If I call up your current or previous reporting manager now, what will be their opinion about you? What will they say that you need to work on?
• Did you ever have a conflict with your current/previous boss or professor?
• What do your friends/co-workers say about you?
• What did you do in the last year to improve your knowledge?
• What is your ideal company or workplace?
• What is the most difficult thing that you’ve ever accomplished? or What is the most difficult thing you have ever done?
• Where do you see yourself 3 years from now? or Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
• Give an example of a time you had to respond to an unhappy manager/ customer/ colleague/ professor/ friend.
• How quickly do you adapt to new technology?
• What makes you angry?
• What are your future goals? Tell me about your short term and long-term goals.
• What motivates you?
• What are your hobbies? or What are you passionate about?
• What are your biggest achievements till date?
• What are you most proud of?
• What has been your greatest failure?
• What do you always regret? or Do you have any regrets?
• How do you respond to change?
• Are you reliable? or Can I trust you with responsibilities?
• What are the three things that are most important for you in a job?
• What was the toughest decision you ever had to make?
• Give me an example of your creativity.
• What makes you happy?
• How do you work under pressure? Can you handle the pressure?
• Are you willing to relocate or travel?
• What do you know about us or our company?
• How long do you think you will work for us after we hire you?
• Are you applying for other jobs? Do you have any other offer in hand?
• Why do you want to work for us or our company? or Why do you want this job?
• Do you know anyone who works for us?
• What are your salary expectations?
• Your interview is more or less coming to an end when the interviewer asks you, “Do you have any questions for me?



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