Top 10 Most Commonly Asked HR Interview Questions

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As per the previous article on How to Face/Crack HR Interview for Fresher’s, it’s been made clear as to what you should do and what you should not do. Let’s just sum it up again for all of you in terms of Do’s and Don’ts in order to get into momentum again.

  • Don’t just rush into the room
  • Take care of your dress code
  • Make sure you greet every person in the room
  • Try not to be Fake
  • Carry all the Relevant Documents
  • Take care of your Body Posture

To understand the above points in detail, check out our article on How to Face HR Interview.

Now let’s come to the main part of the interview, the Interview itself, where apart from following the points above, you will have to answer everything while sitting in front of the HR panel, or if you are lucky, there will only be a single person to take your interview.

It’s been well observed with experience that in most of the HR interview, there are some set of common questions that are being asked and based on the answers that you give or utter in front of the HR, you can make or break your chances for that company. All of this comes through experience, and remember all the HR do ask these questions most of the time, because its not only you who will be prepared to answer all these, but also because they can understand everything with what you speak since they have been asking all these questions for a long time and can make it in just some time whether you are genuine or fake.

So, let’s get started with the most frequently asked HR interview questions:

1. Tell me about yourself:

Be careful when you answer this question. This is generally the first question that is being asked after your usual greetings, handshakes etc.

Answer:

Don’t hesitate to answer this question as this is the building block of your interview. Let’s see what all you should tell the interviewer:

There has been a lot of debate, as to whether you should specify your name or not to start with. There are few interviewers who check your presence here, since they have your resume, they already know your name and they check on this whether you are actually repeating it or not, while the other school of thought says that you should always begin by stating your name for this question. So, feel free to do anything with your gut feeling.

  • Mention where are you from.
  • Mention what all have you done in your school.
  • Mention all about your achievements in your school.
  • Mention briefly about your extra-curricular activities, sports, debates, elocution during your school.
  • Mention about your family.
  •  Mention few of your qualities, hobbies.
  • Mention what you have achieved in your college, the way you spoke about your achievements in school.

Healthy Tip:

Don’t get too involved in describing all of this. Make it brief, to the point and do it quickly. The interviewer sometimes gets bored while hearing all of this. Most importantly, remember all that you said, as this is the place where all your next questions come from. Again, don’t fake anything. Speak slowly and firmly on the subject or hobby or interest or achievement that you want to talk about more. Stress on it, so that interviewer is compelled to ask on those topic only.

2. Why should we/I hire you or Why do you want to work our Organization:

This is asked to see if you can come up with a different answer apart from that being answered by most of the candidates.

Answer:

For a smart answer, pause a bit, smile and then say:

  • “Well, I can only think of one reason, I think your organization/company has the track record of hiring the best and the smart people”. With this answer, you are praising their organization, but at the same time, you have stated that you are the best and the smart person. Most of the candidates hesitate with this.
  • If you are not comfortable answering this, then you can answer something that will make you feel strong. Come up with something positive about you like “I am a fresher with amazing learning abilities who is just looking for the right opportunity which I think your organization is famous for”.
  • You can also give some simple answer based on some facts and figures of the company by doing some research on the company and then praising about the company.

Healthy Tip:

All you need to understand is, you need to tell them that you are smart while throwing the ball in their court i.e. praise their organization in such a way that there is a hidden praise for yourself. Based on what you answer in your previous question, your next question is already formed. Example: If you say the first answer then your next question would definitely be:

“So, you are saying that you are the best, all right, then prove that you are the best and the smartest guy”. This is good, since you are already prepared for this question and you already have the answer for this one which will be “Well, I never said that I am the best and the smartest guy, but still you are here to judge me, I would not disagree if you say so, but you have the right experience to know that, I am just a fresher” 🙂

This is the best way to answer, as this is the way you take the driving seat and you drive the interview not the other way round. But you ought to be smart enough to have answers which lead to questions that you want them to ask 🙂

3. What are your strength and weakness:

This is a trick question. Everyone has some strength and weakness. All they want to know whether you can tell them about your weakness because everyone is comfortable speaking about their strengths.

Answer:

Speak the truth, keeping in mind, whatever you speak might lead to the next question.

For strength you can say:

  • I am hard working, quick learner, have good communication skills, don’t give up under pressure, enthusiastic and punctual, make people happy around myself building a positive environment etc.

For weakness, you should state your weakness, as if it’s your strength like:

  • I am too responsible, I am too committed, and if I take up anything I always make sure that I deliver what I have committed. I am always exploring, something new all the time, I am too fidgety, I always seek for perfection etc etc.

4. What do you understand by confidence and over confidence?

Answer:

In most of the cases, it’s just a plain and simple answer, as you don’t want to be trapped in saying something else. So the best answer would be:

  • “I can do this work, this is confidence or if someone else can do it, then I can also do it.  ONLY I can do this work and no one else, this is over confidence.”

5. What is more important for you work or money:

This is a trick question again. They want to check whether you will be loyal to the company or not.

Answer:

Be honest if you feel something more about money, but there is a smarter way to tell them what you feel. Let’s be honest, we won’t only work, we need money more than our work for our daily lives. So, state it in this way only that it’s necessary.

  • Say “Good work always has its reward, and good work should always be appreciated. Money will always come and go, but if I have the knowledge, I can always make money and good knowledge comes with good work.”

6. Who is your inspiration and why?

Answer:

This is just to see about what you feel about life, what your attitude towards life is.

  • Most of the people state that their role model is their Father and tell them story of his struggle. This is the best answer, since the interviewer does not know your father and cannot question back, but if you will say something about some famous personality, make sure you have done your research, because the interviewer might or might not know about that person.

7. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Answer:

Common and one line answer is “On the other side of the table.”

But if the interviewer is smart, he can drag you into a lot of further question, maybe he got there in 10 years, and then you didn’t know that 🙂 So, you can also state:

  • “I will see myself learning something or the other for the knowledge, because I believe, if you work properly, you will always have to learn and keep yourself updated.’

8. What is your daily schedule going to be like when you work for our Organization?

Answer:

This question does not hold any importance, as the other person also does not know what type of work you will be given and under what circumstances or situation. How much pressure will be there etc etc. This question can be a trick question, where the interviewer might be giving you a slight hint that he thinks you are selected or deserve to work for their organization. Simple Answer should be:

  • I always want to work hard; I always want to learn something or the other all the time. At the end of the day, I should be satisfied with the kind of efforts or work that I have put in the whole day and I should be happy to earn the bread and butter for the day. I should not feel guilty of anything when I see myself in the mirror at the end of the day.

9. Would you lie for the Company?

This is a trick question, most of the people while working lie for their, but the organization does not ask you to lie. You need to be diplomatic here.

Answer:

Best answer would be something like this:

  • “I don’t think that I will lie for the organization, because in my point of view, you lie when you want to run away from things, when you want to escape from a situation mostly tough. I would rather face it today and would try to work hard to solve the problem.”

10. Do you have any questions for me/us?

This gives you an opportunity to show them your interest in their company.

Answer:

Most of the times, a candidate don’t ask anything when this question is posed in front of her/him. This is mainly because, the candidate feel that she/he may sound rude or over confident. But this is not the case, when the HR is asking you, if you have any questions for her/her, then you should always ask something.

Best and simple answer (in this case a question) would be:

  • If you are too confident, that the interview went well, then in a jovial way you may put “On a scale of 1 to 10, where do you think I stand with respect to this interview?”
  • If you have done some research on the company, then you may ask something about the company like “Who do you think is the biggest competitor in the market for your organization and why?”
  • But make sure, you ask something when it is expected out of you.

Healthy and Beneficial Tip For HR Interview:

This is one sort of interview, where if you are confident and prepared, you can drive the interview the way you want to. As per the experience, this is possible, all you need to do is prepare your answers and then answer in such a way that you force the interviewer to ask the question you want them to ask and not what they want to ask.

How to face HR interview

Studycrow_article_hr-interviewYes !!!! 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.

Please check out our article on The Campus Recruitment Process.

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.

Check out the article on The Most frequently asked HR questions with answers.