Wednesday, February 25, 2009

HR Interview Questions

Tips for HR Interview 
Entering the room
Prior to the entering the door, adjust your attire so that it falls well.Before entering enquire by saying, “May I come in sir/madam”.If the door was closed before you entered, make sure you shut the door behind you softly.Face the panel and confidently say ‘Good day sir/madam’.If the members of the interview board want to shake hands, then offer a firm grip first maintaining eye contact and a smile.Seek permission to sit down. If the interviewers are standing, wait for them to sit down first before sitting.

The interviewer normally pays more attention if you display an enthusiasm in whatever you say.This enthusiasm come across in the energetic way you put forward your ideas. You should remain cheerful throughout the interview.

A little humor or wit thrown in the discussion occasionally enables the interviewers to look at the pleasant side of your personality, It means to make a passing comment that, perhaps, makes the interviewer smile.

Eye contact
You must maintain eye contact with the panel, right through the interview. This shows your self-confidence and honesty.Many interviewees while answering, tend to look away. This conveys you are concealing your own anxiety, fear and lack of confidence.Maintaining an eye contact is a difficult process. As the circumstances in an interview are different, the value of eye contact is tremendous in making a personal impact.

Be natural
Many interviewees adopt a stance which is not their natural self.It is amusing for interviewers when a candidate launches into an accent which he or she cannot sustain consistently through the interview or adopt mannerisms that are inconsistent with his/her personality.Interviewers appreciate a natural person rather than an actor.It is best for you to talk in natural manner because then you appear genuine.

So be genuine and donot try to be oversmart or overact.
And all your answers must be in line with the company's requirements at the time of interview. You should show a positive and optimistic attitude.

Questions you must ask the HR
  Should you ask any questions from the HR during your job interview? If you go wrong then it may put your selection or placement in the company at risk? So you have to study and think about the questions which you must ask the HR interviewer in advance. Read more.

HR interviews form an important part of the test for placement in any reputed company. Ever wondered what questions you should ask during your HR interview for a reputed company?I will indulge into the situation and tell you some important questions which you must ask the HR. These will not only clear your doubts, make you more comfortable but also make a better impression in front of the HR. The important questions are as follows:

What kinds of assignments might I expect the first six months on the job?
How often are performance reviews given?
Please describe the duties of the job for me.
What products (or services) are in the development stage now?
Do you have plans for expansion?
What are your growth projections for next year?
Are salary adjustments geared to the cost of living or job performance?
Does your company encourage further education?
How do you feel about creativity and individuality?
Do you offer flextime?
What is the usual promotional time frame?
What do you like best about your job/company?
Once the probation period is completed, how much authority will I have over decisions?
Has there been much turnover in this job area?
Do you fill positions from the outside or promote from within first?
Is your company environmentally conscious? In what ways?
Is this a new position or am I replacing someone?
What is the largest single problem facing your staff (department) now?
May I talk with the last person who held this position?
What qualities are you looking for in the candidate who fills this position?
Is there a lot of team/project work?
Will I have the opportunity to work on special projects? Where does this position fit into the organizational structure?
How much travel, if any, is involved in this position?
What is the next course of action? When should I expect to hear from you or should I contact you?

You dont just have to flood the interviewer with your own questions but you should ask the interview the ones relevant to your situation. 

Ten Tough Interview Questions

Ten Tough Interview Questions and Ten Great Answers

1. Tell me about yourself. 
My background to date has been centered around preparing myself to become the very best _____ I can become. Let me tell you specifically how I've prepared myself . . . 

2. Why should I hire you? 
 Because I sincerely believe that I'm the best person for the job. I realize that there are many other college students who have the ability to do this job. I also have that ability. But I also bring an additional quality that makes me the very best person for the job--my attitude for excellence. Not just giving lip service to excellence, but putting every part of myself into achieving it. In _____ and _____ I have consistently reached for becoming the very best I can become by doing the following . . . 

3. What is your long-range objective? Where do you want to be 10 or 15 years from now? 
Although it's certainly difficult to predict things far into the future, I know what direction I want to develop toward. Within five years, I would like to become the very best _____ your company has. In fact, my personal career mission statement is to become a world-class _____ in the _____ industry. I will work toward becoming the expert that others rely upon. And in doing so, I feel I will be fully prepared to take on any greater responsibilities that might be presented in the long term. 

4. How has your education prepared you for your career? 
As you will note on my résumé, I've taken not only the required core classes in the _____ field, I've also gone above and beyond. I've taken every class the college has to offer in the field and also completed an independent study project specifically in this area. But it's not just taking the classes to gain academic knowledge--I've taken each class, both inside and outside of my major, with this profession in mind. So when we're studying _____ in _____, I've viewed it from the perspective of _____. In addition, I've always tried to keep a practical view of how the information would apply to my job. Not just theory, but how it would actually apply. My capstone course project in my final semester involved developing a real-world model of _____, which is very similar to what might be used within your company. Let me tell you more about it . . . 

5. Are you a team player? 
Very much so. In fact, I've had opportunities in both athletics and academics to develop my skills as a team player. I was involved in _____ at the intramural level, including leading my team in assists during the past year--I always try to help others achieve their best. In academics, I've worked on several team projects, serving as both a member and team leader. I've seen the value of working together as a team to achieve a greater goal than any one of us could have achieved individually. As an example . . . 

6. Have you ever had a conflict with a boss or professor? How was it resolved? 
Yes, I have had conflicts in the past. Never major ones, but certainly there have been situations where there was a disagreement that needed to be resolved. I've found that when conflict occurs, it's because of a failure to see both sides of the situation. Therefore, I ask the other person to give me their perspective and at the same time ask that they allow me to fully explain my perspective. At that point, I would work with the person to find out if a compromise could be reached. If not, I would submit to their decision because they are my superior. In the end, you have to be willing to submit yourself to the directives of your superior, whether you're in full agreement or not. An example of this was when . . . 

7. What is your greatest weakness? 
I would say my greatest weakness has been my lack of proper planning in the past. I would overcommit myself with too many variant tasks, then not be able to fully accomplish each as I would like. However, since I've come to recognize that weakness, I've taken steps to correct it. For example, I now carry a planning calendar in my pocket so that I can plan all of my appointments and "to do" items. Here, let me show you how I have this week planned out . . . 

8. If I were to ask your professors to describe you, what would they say? 
I believe they would say I'm a very energetic person, that I put my mind to the task at hand and see to it that it's accomplished. They would say that if they ever had something that needed to be done, I was the person who they could always depend on to see that it was accomplished. They would say that I always took a keen interest in the subjects I was studying and always sought ways to apply the knowledge in real world settings. Am I just guessing that they would say these things? No, in fact, I'm quite certain they would say those things because I have with me several letters of recommendation from my professors and those are their very words. Let me show you . . . 

9. What qualities do you feel a successful manager should have? 
The key quality should be leadership--the ability to be the visionary for the people who are working under them. The person who can set the course and direction for subordinates. A manager should also be a positive role model for others to follow. The highest calling of a true leader is inspiring others to reach the highest of their abilities. I'd like to tell you about a person who I consider to be a true leader . . . 

10. If you had to live your life over again, what would you change? 
That's a good question. I realize that it can be very easy to continually look back and wish that things had been different in the past. But I also realize that things in the past cannot be changed, that only things in the future can be changed. That's why I continually strive to improve myself each and every day and that's why I'm working hard to continually increase my knowledge in the _____ field. That's also the reason why I want to become the very best _____ your company has ever had. To make positive change. And all of that is still in the future. So in answer to your question, there isn't anything in my past that I would change. I look only to the future to make changes in my life. 


• Do not reproduce the answers verbatim.
• Do not repeat the same answer in each and every company, as this might put you in a tight situation. Research the company well before attending the interview.
• If possible, try to know the area in which you are expected to work and model your answers accordingly.
• Give a small pause before you start answering a question and also in between your answers. This conveys a fact to the interviewers that you are thinking before answering, and not just blurting out the mugged up answers. 

If this work of mine has really helped you in any way or if you think this is a very useful reference tool, please send me an e-mail. I will be looking forward for all those gratitude mails. BYE.

Best Of Luck


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