Yes !!!! yes !!!!… I have cleared my technical round. Now, I am through, I am sure I have got the job offer. My work is done. HR interview is going to be a formality now as my ( brother / senior / cousin / everyone ) told me that once you clear your technical round, HR round is a cake walk, you don’t have to worry about it.
Is this your mindset while preparing for your interview? If yes, then you are living in the world of fantasies my friend. Today, HR round is as important as the technical round. Equal amount of marks or importance is given to HR round and there is a reason for it which is a very important reason. Yes, its good that you have cleared you technical interview.. kudos to you.. your are a techie.. that’s nice.
Now a days, companies are not looking only for technical guys, they come and go every time. Nonetheless, companies have people/mentor a dedicated team, which will groom you with respect to the technology that they want you to work in. But there is a scarcity of clever and smart guys in the corporate world.
Now, to be smart its not necessary, that you have to own a lot of certificates in debates, paper presentation, neither it is necessary that you need to an IIM graduate or any of that shit thing that is been told you. You need to be street smart, you should know how to get your work done. None of us who are working in corporate as technical guys know everything with respect to the technology. Sooner or later, we tend or need help from someone or the other. There comes this skill. You need to interact with clients all the time, there comes this skill and this is what HR interview is all about.
In this article, we will guide you with HR (Human Resources) interview preparation covering the following points:
- What type of questions are asked in HR interview.
- What is so difficult about HR interview that people are scared about it?
- Top Interview questions and answers for freshers.
Below are the few tips to be successful or clear your HR interview for any company irrespective of which domain / technology or vertical you are giving your interview for.
So, without wasting anymore time, let’s get started….
First of all, understand one thing that in any interview, be it HR or technical, the person who is taking the interview (the Interviewer) is there to hire you, all you need to do is make sure that he is not wasting his time and you are worth his time.
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We will discuss all about the most common HR interview questions later in this article. First, let’s see what you need to do the minute you enter the HR interview room because keep in mind “Your HR interview starts, the minute you walk in the room”.
Don’t just rush into the room. Keep in mind that the person who is sitting on the other side of the table or the room will watch this as his first remark which he is going to put against your name as his points. As a good gesture, ask for his/her permission to enter the room.
Take care of your dress code. You need to make sure that you are wearing a proper attire for the big day. Make sure, your shirt is tucked in and you are wearing a tie, a belt and polished shoes unless it’s been told not to do as part of your recruitment process by your recruitment head. There are people, who think that all of this is not required, but remember, these are small things, that they notice.
Make sure you greet every person in the room. This is a common scenario, where a candidate gets a bit tensed when he sees someone who is there to take his interview. No, you don’t have to get tensed, be in one person or any number of people in the room for you interview. As we said, they are there to hire you, show them your worth. If there are more than 3 members in the HR interview panel, then don’t greet everyone one by one. Just say a casual “Good Morning Sir/Mam or Good Morning everyone”, morning or afternoon as per the time of the day. Most of us fear, that if we do this, than we will not get selected. Ask yourself why? You know when you greet everyone at the same time, it shows that you are full of confidence, just make sure that it does not turn into over confidence.
Try not to be Fake. Be genuine. People who form the HR interview panel, have quite a lot of experience, and they will notice whether you are genuine or trying to be fake with just one question. So, don’t be nervous and don’t be fake, show then your own worth. If they want you to be someone else, they would probable hire actors. Right?
- First thing that they will notice is whether you want a hand shake (this is very common). Never initiate it from your end until and unless the person offers you for the same.
- Second, the interviewer will always ask you about how have you been or how are you. Answer them politely, that you are doing good or you are fine. Now, you need to counter the same question to the interviewer. Most of the time, we get nervous, we think that it will be a sign of over-confidence if we ask them how are they doing. No, it does not happen like that. Remember, being genuine? What will you do, when you meet any of your friend? You shake hands, and both of you ask each other as to how each of you is doing. So, ask the interviewer the same. He is just a human being, and he also gets tired by taking interview from morning to night asking the same questions again and again.
- What the HR is looking for is: Someone who responds, who surprises them, dazzles them and when you do this, you have an extra edge on others.
Carry all the Relevant Documents. This is one of the most important points that you need to take care of. You should always have all the relevant document, properly organised in the folder that you are carrying with you in the interview room. What do we mean by properly organized? It means, that if the interviewer ask for a document, you should not search for it. You should now, where exactly is the document in your folder.
Healthy and Beneficial Tip:
- “Always carry at least 5 copies of your resume and 2-3 copies of each and every document”. It’s a trick, most of the time, when there are more than 1 person in the HR interview panel, they do it purposefully, to check how responsible you are, how smart you are, how much can you think out of the box, how much are you prepared, and therefore all of them will ask you for your resume / CV. You don’t want yourself to be embarrassed in front of them or tell them that you don’t have so many copies. So, be prepared.
- Make sure that you resume does not have grammatical or spelling errors. It should not look very lazily written. Important information should be highlighted and all the points should be put in numbers. Avoid repeating the same thing again. Make sure to use the proper format all throughout the CV/resume.
Take care of your Body Posture: Your body language says a lot about your own personality. So, always take care of your body posture while you are appearing for any sort of interview. This is an important factor but most of us don’t pay too much attention on this. Sit, straight. Don’t have a hunch, or don’t be full of lethargy. Show them the spark, be confident. With the correct body posture, comes all of this. Also, do keep in mind that you need to look good, you need to be clean shaven with hair trimmed. This always creates a good impression.
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