Ten Common HR Round Interview Questions & Answers
Congratulations! After completing two or three rounds of job interviews, you've made it to last phase of the job interview process.
The last step is the HR round. This is generally the deciding interview, during which you discuss your career milestones. In this round you either get your dream job or not. To help you prepare well in advance, we have listed the ten most common questions you are likely to be asked. Go through them and develop your strategy to crack the interview like a pro.
1. Tell me about you.
This question is asked in almost all job interviews. It sets the stage and gets you talking. Answer the question by simply talking about your relevant experience and education. No life history is required here.
2. Explain why I should hire you.
The first thought that comes to your mind is, “because I am the best,” but that is not best answer. Answer the question by talking about your talents and skills and how they match the job profile. Include two or three related work experiences and how you excelled at them.
3. What is the most enjoyable part of working in a company?
You can answer this question by saying that team work and individual contribution are the two things that you enjoy most while working in a company. Plus you can also mention that excelling at work and getting the right experience is the key to success.
4. What is important for you: money or work?
You many answer this question by saying that good quality work is very important to enhance your skill sets and knowledge base. But to lead a stable and satisfactory life, money is equally important. Plus, you feel good and productive when you get rewarded for all your hard work and dedication.
5. Why did you resign from your previous job?
Start by thanking the previous company for providing great learning experience and helping you enhance your skill sets. Then mention that there were no further learning opportunites in the company and you felt you needed more responsibility to showcase your talents in the most optimal way.
6. Why do you want to work for our organization?
This is the question where your prior research and homework about the company will come in handy. You might have already learned about the vision and mission of the company. Here is where you relate your long term career goals to those of the company. You can also talk about the job profile and help them understand your enthusiasm and passion about the domain you are stepping into. Showcasing your commitment to work is key at this step.
7. Why have you had so many jobs?
This is a tricky question and you need to answer it in a way that makes a positive impression. Generally they would pose this question to see if you are a job-hopper. While answering this question you should describe each job as part of your career goal. Remember that you should never blame any of your previous employers. If needed, you can even attribute your job change to conditions beyond your control.
8. Describe a situation when your work was criticized.
Answer this question by simply mentioning that you take criticism as a positive thing and don’t really get depressed or feel low. Instead, you try learn from your experiences—good and bad—and improve further and work to the best of your ability and knowledge.
9. May I contact your present employer for reference?
This question is generally asked to see your reaction. Stay calm and cheerful. Say with a smile, yes, absolutely. It's fine to add that your current boss is not aware of your job search and to ask them to wait until you are selected. Say that at that point they may call your boss for a reference and that you are sure they will get a positive response.
10. Are you applying for other jobs as well?
You can answer this question with honesty. Say that you have applied to some of the best companies and this company is on my priority list. Avoid discussing too much on this topic and try to divert their attention to something related to the job for which you are applying.
Some Other Tips to Keep in Mind for a Job Interview:
- Wear neat and modest clothing.
- Be aware of your body language.
- Speak clearly while answering the questions. Do not mumble.
- Keep your tone positive and enthusiastic.
- Maintain focus throughout the interview process.
- Bring a copy for your resume.
- Always arrive to the interview venue 10 minutes in advance.
- Always follow up with a thank you note restating your interest in the position.