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Most Frequently Asked HR Interview Questions and Answers

Most Frequently Asked HR Interview Questions and Answers

There are a lot of common myths about HR Interviews. Just the thought of being asked a lot of questions by random people in suits brings out the fear in candidates. Even though it is impossible to be prepared for an interview, it is better to be prepared for the usual set of questions you are most likely to be asked in your HR interview. In this article, we will discuss the most frequently asked HR interview questions and answers with some examples.

Q1: Tell Me About Yourself

Most probably, this would be the first question every candidate would have to answer. So be prepared to answer this question. A sample answer to this question is given below.

"My name is Akruthi. I am from Mumbai. I did my B.Tech in IT from SRM University. I have good listening skills and I can adapt to any kind of environment. I am willing to learn new things and I am a team player. I relish reading books and I also like photography."

P.S: You can also thank the interviewer for the opportunity to introduce yourself at the beginning of the introduction.

For more information, refer to our video on How to Introduce Yourself in an Interview.

 Q2: Tell Us Your Strengths and Weaknesses

This is the trickiest question in the Interview. First, let's see how you can put forth your strengths. For example, you can say that you are a fast learner, and then you can go on to cite an example or a situation where you capitalized on this strength of yours. Now, coming to your weakness, don't bluntly mention or state your weaknesses i.e., don't just tell them that you are lazy as that will give the interviewer a negative impression. You should ensure that you follow it up with the steps or measures that you have taken in order to overcome your weaknesses. If push comes to shove, you could be very honest and mention a weakness that doesn't really affect your chances of getting the job on offer.

 Q3: Why This Company?

In order to answer this question, make sure that you visit the website of the company and read about the services they provide, their achievements, their work culture and their values. Mention any specific detail about that company which is unique only to them. This will show the interviewer that you have done your homework. Ensure that you also go on to tell how the company is making a difference and how the company's goals are in line with your career goals and plans. You could also talk about their In-house projects and tell them how you will perfectly blend in given your skill sets and creative drive.

 Q4: What are Your Goals?

You could also be asked to talk about your short-term goals and your long-term goals or the panelists could also ask you the most dreaded question of all “Where do you see yourself in 5 to 10 years?”

It’s essentially the same question but it has been phrased differently. You should have answers which are well thought through for each of these questions. You will have to be very specific about your short-term goals which are basically a gist of what you aspire to be in a span of 1 or 2 years.

Here’s a sample answer:

I have learned that long-term goals are best achieved when they are broken into smaller chunks or smaller goals. My short-term goal is to find a position in a green-minded and booming company where I would gain experience and get to hone my skills. My long-term goals would depend on where the company goes. I would like to take up a leadership role where I can continue to contribute towards the company’s growth. You should give the interviewer the expression that you are planning on staying for a while.

You can expand this if required.

Q5: Why Should We Hire You?

The answer varies according to the post you are applying for. For instance, if it is an IT company, you can say that you are good at coding and can contribute to the growth of the company. But the key point to remember is that you should include your primary selling points or strengths which will convey that you are the perfect fit for the role.

Q6: What Are Your Salary Expectations?

This is one of the most important questions in an HR Interview. As a fresher, you shouldn’t be very picky about the salary or CTC. You should tell them that you are interested in learning and that you are in it for the experience and not for the money. So, don't mention any number. You can ask them to pay you according to the company norms and regulations. This is the safest answer you can give.

Q7: Are You Willing to Relocate Anywhere?

This question is put forward in every interview especially if the company is an MNC. A positive answer like "Yes, I would be willing to relocate" is expected for this question. Although if you have a strong and genuine reason for not being able to relocate, you should be very honest about it and disclose it then and there. It is better to be upfront about it than to cut a sorry figure later.

Sometimes just to check how you handle the pressure they can further ask you what you would do if your parents don't permit you to relocate. This is usually asked to check your composure and your ability to think on your feet. As long as you don’t say anything that can do serious damage you should be fine. But it would be great if you could tell them how you will be able to convince your parents or if it is otherwise, you should be able to justify your answer.

P.S. Don't answer this question or any question for that matter in a single word.

Almost all of the frequently asked HR interview questions are discussed here. For further interview tips and strategies, you can check out our website or YouTube channel.

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dinesh Kumar

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Sabari K E

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