HR interview questions and answers

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HR interview questions and answers

1. Tell me about yourself?

This is the universal question asked at the very first of any interview. It sounds easy, right? But this is the most important question where the candidates fail to create an impression with the interviewer as most of the time they are not aware of what exactly needs to be said.

Sample answer:

I am an energetic person, an effective communicator, and a quick learner. I was also one of the top students in my batch while I was pursuing a B.E degree in the XYZ domain. I worked on various projects related to the software testing domain which provided me a great deal of technical exposure along with the importance of working in a team and the value of client satisfaction.

I have worked on developing various enterprise-level documents for helping companies solve problems like ensuring business continuity, market research analysis, etc. So, I believe I am a good fit for technology-centric roles in your company.

2. Why do you want to work for our company?

Another popular question asked by the interviewer to make sure that the candidate has understood the job requirements and help the interviewer understand the reason behind choosing their company for that job.

You should answer in such a way that the interviewer gets convinced that you are a great fit for the role.

Sample answer:

I feel that with my current skill sets and my experience in the XYZ domain, the job requirements this role presented are a perfect match for me. I could visualize myself in that role as it aligned with my career aspirations, skills, and expertise. Besides, I have researched your company and found that it has impressive and promising projections which made me excited to be a part of the amazing future.

I would take pride in working under the great leadership of this company and I found this place to be a perfect fit for utilizing my expertise along with the promising aspect of personal growth.

3. What are your strengths and weaknesses?

HR asks this question to get to know more about your characteristics and your suitability for the job. It is also one of the standards and most commonly asked questions.

Sample answer:

I think one of my strengths is that I am a great team player. I am also a self-motivated and quick learning individual. Whatever task that I set to do, I always give my best and complete it diligently well in advance.

My weakness is thinking I can handle more than is physically or mentally possible. At my previous job, I often felt like I was constantly busy and always trying to catch up.

4. Why are you looking for a change?

Yet another commonly asked question for experienced candidates, the interviewer wants to understand what made you look for different opportunities and identify if there are any red flags. Whatever is the reason for changing your job, do not talk negatively about the current employer.

Sample answer:

My skills and qualifications seem to be a perfect match with your company’s job requirements. Therefore, at this present time, for me, I wish to upgrade my skills and gain more exposure in a new industry your company is involved in.

5. Tell me about the gap in your resume?

Explaining gaps in employment is really just about knowing what reasons are okay to share, and which ones you should tell a white lie about or not share. And then being upfront and comfortable with your answer.

These are all good sample reasons for having a gap in employment:

  • Caring for a sick family member
  • Caring for a young child
  • Any medical or health issue
  • Taking time off to relocate and find a job in a new state/city
  • Pursuing further education or going back to school
  • Pursuing any other type of professional training
  • Taking time off to travel, study, work on a solo project, etc.
  • Trying to start a business or freelance career
6. How would you rate yourself on a scale of 1 to 10?

Best way to go about this is to give yourself a rating of 7 or 8.

The reason why the rating of 7 or 8 works is that you are actually showing your awareness of the fact that no matter how good you are at a particular skill but still there is always scope for improvement.

For example
You may answer “I would rate myself 7 out of 10 because although I am confident in my skills still I have a lot to learn from people who are much experienced and knowledgeable than me.”

7. What is your biggest achievement so far?

I have achieved several milestones to date in my career as a software developer. The most recent one is of the time when we were working on a critical component of a product pertaining to customer payments. We were working round the clock for around 2 months and I was a core developer. I was made a lead to this component for completing the task in another 2 months.

8. Why should we hire you?

I believe that my experience with technology, specifically in the software testing space, make me the best match for this position. In my previous job, I was responsible for maintaining and updating our company testing documents.

I truly enjoyed what I was doing, which is what drew me to this position with your company. I would love to bring the docuementation and content skills I learned there to this position.

9. Tell me about a time when you were not satisfied with your performance?

When I initially joined my job right after college, there was a point where I was constantly becoming dependent on the team members to get work done. I did not like this as I wanted to carry out my responsibilities in an independent manner along with working in a team.

10. How do you deal with criticism?

I try to always work on handling criticism better. I think I’ve improved a lot over the years. In my last job, my supervisor walked my cubicle and was very critical of how messy it was in a very public way. He expressed concern that I was disorganized. I was able to respond calmly to his initial comment, promising to tidy up, and we made a time to meet and discuss concerns I had about paperwork in the office. We were able to devise a system that enabled me to stay on top of the paperwork.

11. Can you work under pressure?

I think there is no life without pressure and we must know hoe to handle it. And working under pressure provides us a differnt experience so that we can learn new things from experience and can also assess our abilities.

So if I face any pressure during my job, I try to control it in a positive manner.

12. Are you willing to relocate or travel?

Yes, sir definitely, it is a great opportunity to explore my skills, and knowledge and also know more about different working talented people and new places. It also enhances my adaptability skill.

13. How long would you expect to work for us if hired?

I would prefer to stay long-term, if possible. I like the flexible work hours your Company offers, which would work well with my other commitments, such as my studies (or children, family, etc.)

14. How much salary do you expect?

I am expecting 15 lakh per annum as per my experience.

15. Do you have any questions for me?

Yes, First of all, thank you for giving me this opportunity.

  1. I would like to know which areas I need to improve myself?
  2. Can you share more about day to day responsibilities of this role?
16. What do you know about this organization?

It is a fast-growing company, and l will learn more new skills in the future. I know it gives good facilities for staff.

17. Tell me about the most boring job you have ever had?

I think no job in this world is boring unless you don’t have an interest in the job. I would apply for the job in only those organizations where I feel that I will be interested in the job and will get the opportunity to prove myself. That is the reason I am sitting in front of you and I really take it as an achievement to present myself to you. Thank you sir/mam for giving me this opportunity.

18. What are your hobbies?
  1. Gardening
  2. Community service or charity work.
  3. Sports such as competing on a team or in a league, hiking or other forms of exercise.
  4. Creative arts, including writing, music, painting and crafts.
19. Where do you see yourself five years from now?

In the next five years, I want to see myself in one of the most responsible and knowledgeable people in my Organization and I want to achieve all my success in my life and a good person in life.

20. Why did you leave your last job?

After spending five years with my last company, I’m ready to take on a new challenge and grow my skills. I’m excited to learn something new, and I think this role will allow me to use my prior expertise while also gaining new knowledge.

21. Are you applying for other jobs also?

One of the most important things to remember in an interview is being honest with an interviewer can help establish trust between you and a potential employer.

I have not been actively seeking a new role but am passively looking at new opportunities that pop up on LinkedIn. Your posting was a recommended job, and it caught my eye. I have put out a few applications in the last while but am not pursuing anything that doesn’t excite me.

22. Don't you think that you are overqualified for this position?

I don’t think I am overqualified, I am just well qualified in this position. This will be my positive point because I will use my knowledge and experience I have gained from my qualification to perform better in the current job.

I believe that every task teaches a new lesson to someone. I am sure that if you offered this job it would further improve my skills.

23. How do you improve your Skills?

Generally I update my skills by the following methods:

  • By actively participating in my job responsibilities with our team members.
  • By joining a professional association
  • By reading technical books
  • By reading online tutorials
  • By hanging out with geeks.
  • By subscribing to technical magazines.


24. What makes you unique?
  • I have an unusual combination of soft skills that I feel makes me unique.
  • I’m constantly seeking to improve, learn from my mistakes, and challenge myself.
  • I’m exceptionally organized in terms of tracking my results, progress, and any trends in my work and output.
  • I’m able to find potential learning opportunities and lessons, spot potential problems before they become larger issues, and steadily improve.
25. Do you have any medical issues?

Not really a serious condition, but I do have certain allergies. Like I am allergic to nuts and garlic. So it is difficult for me to eat certain foods. And I have to carry some medicines with me. But this has never affected my work or job before.

26. What if we don't select you?

I’m going to be a little frustrated, but the disappointment won’t be carried out long time. I’m going to use this as an experience to correct my flaws and to attend more interviews with faith.

27. How do you prioritize your time?

I always like to organize my work based on priority and deadlines. I do this every time so that I can get the result more productive. By this, I can produce the highest quality work in the time I have.

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