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Frequently Asked HR Questions

Published On: 18 Apr 2011 | Last Updated On: 29 Nov 2012

HR Round is the most important round in an interview and it is quite important that one prepares well for it.  In the HR round the concerned person evaluates a potential employee to analyze his fitment to the organization structure. Often, parts of the interview may seem to have little or no bearing on the job in question. At times, whatever is asked in the HR round has very less connection with the prospective job but essentially the candidate’s behavioral aspects are judged in the HR round. The HR mainly checks the candidate’s capability to handle tough situations.  What is mainly judged in this particular round is one’s capability to handle responsibility, whether one is a team player or if one has the capability to take quick decisions.  

The most commonly asked questions are:

Q: Tell me something about yourself?

This is the first and a very basic question asked in any interview. Usually, whenever this question is asked one needs to talk about educational qualifications, family background and hobbies. If one has any achievements such as topping the college one should make sure to mention it. One should be very careful as well as prepared while talking about hobbies. If a candidate says I spend my free time reading books, the interviewer might just ask him that who is his favorite author or what kind of books one likes to read.  

Q: What are your strengths and weaknesses?

The candidates are required to talk about their strengths along with examples. Each strength of the candidate should be backed by an example. The candidate should project himself as a hard working, dedicated, committed and a good team player with excellent communication and problem solving abilities.
Whenever the candidates are talking about their weaknesses, one should be sure that one has a solid plan of overcoming their weakness.

Q: What can you contribute to this organization if hired?

This is a very common question asked in most interviews. The question requires the candidate to market himself and exhibit his skills and experience to the interviewers. The candidate is supposed to talk about the value addition done by him if he is hired. As more and more detailed version of what one can offer to the organization is quoted, the chances of getting selected in a particular position becomes higher. The candidates are required to summarize all their accomplishments and relate it with how advantageous it’ll be if selected for the particular position.

Q: Why are you looking for a change?

This question is essentially a very tricky question and more of a question that checks the attitude of a person. The big NO-NO for such questions is talking negative things about your present organization, co-workers or staff. The reason for looking for change can be anything from compensation to odd timings. Whatever the reason may be one should never speak negative about his/her present company. Most of the times the candidates should frame their answers in such a way that the prospective employer feels that the candidate is looking for new challenges and wants an opportunity to utilize his skills and experience differently than what he is doing now.

Q: What is that you like or dislike in your current organization?

By asking the above question the interviewer is essentially trying to check the compatibility between you and your prospective company as well as position. The candidates are advised not to express feelings of dislike towards issues such as overtime, management, manager and deadlines. Candidates can express views such as one looks forward to challenging situations or that one wants to grow into a particular function.

Q: Can you handle stress and pressure well?

This question is mostly asked the candidates to understand whether they can handle pressure and jobs with stress. So, one has understand that all companies have deadlines and sometimes it is very important to work under pressure. So, answers that express a very strong dislike towards stress and pressure is a strict NO-NO in an interview. One is required to give express opinions such as one likes to work in challenging situations and can work better under pressure.

Q: Where do you see yourself down the line in 3-5 years?

In such questions mostly the interviewer wants to hear about a candidate’s career goals. The candidate is expected to give realistic goals to the interviewer. For instance, a person with 1 year of experience cannot have a goal of becoming a Vice President in the next 3 years. The person with 1 year experience can set as well as express realistic expressions such as team lead or senior developer.

While answering questions, the candidate is required to give as many as relevant examples from daily life and always focus on expressing himself as a team player. A person who reflects a go-getter and a positive attitude in an interview will always have more chances of getting selected over a person with much more relevant experience though has a negative attitude. So, the only success mantra of clearing HR Rounds is being positive.

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