In this article, we will be discussing how to answer some of the most asked HR interview questions asked in on-campus and off-campus interviews.
Be it a IT Service-based company, IT Product-based company or Analytics based company, the HR questions mostly remain the same. They focus on testing the candidate's communication skills, interest towards the role, enthusiasm to learn and basic work ethics. So keep these in mind and align every answer of yours accordingly.
However, do check out the below-mentioned tips to answers these HR interview questions.
This is the first and foremost question asked in 80% of the interviews. While the question sounds pretty simple, the answer to it is what can make or break the interviewer's perception of you.
So, now how do you go about answering it? Where should you start from?
The best way to go about answering this HR interview question is
Any interviewer for that matter wouldn't really be interested in knowing what exactly would you be up to after 1825 days. If so then why do they ask?
The major reason behind any interviewer asking this question is to know more about your career aspirations, goals and also to analyze how you would fit in the role. So you need to express your interest in succeeding in that role, so that interviewer believes that you are likely to perform well.
You need to honestly express your interest in the role and explain how it would turn out to be a great career move for you. Also, you need to carefully align your future goals with the current role that they have offered. For example, 5 years down the lane if you want to see yourself as a Business Development Manager then it is hard for any interviewer to believe that you would give your 100% as a software developer.
This question might be asked in two cases.
In both these cases, you need to handle this question well. If you do so, then in case 1 youll crack the interview and in case 2, the interviewer might give you another chance (impressed by your answer). So keep in mind the below things while you answer:
Have an answer in mind before you go for the interview. Else you will end up with thoughts like this.
Before we try to answer this question, it is good to understand the interviewers intent behind asking this question. He would want to understand your skills and interests which can help in their company's growth. So, you can give some strong examples demonstrating your worthiness.
A few examples are:
These are just a few examples of how you can strongly demonstrate each of your strengths and show them how much of value they could be to the organization. You can also highlight skills like
Note: Never reply back to this question saying Why not or Why do you think I am not a good fit for this role.
The toughest part of this question is to express your strengths without bragging and your weaknesses without making it sound terrible. You need to carefully answer this question based on the role you have applied for.
If you have applied for a role which involves a lot of teamwork, then demonstrating your ability to work with diverse teams and handle things with ease might be a plus.
If you have applied for a software developer role and has no interest in coding or being a developer, yet it is not advisable to convey this to the interviewer. Remember that being honest is good but no one would want to hire someone who isn't interested in the role.
Also, while you tell about your weaknesses, it is good to tell them what you have been doing to overcome them. Some weaknesses that people mention in the interview are:
Some strengths that people can mention in the interviews are:
This is a tricky question too. By choosing one of them, it is evident to the interviewer that you lack the other skill.
A lot of times candidates try to exhibit confidence in themselves and hence choose Team Leader. If you fail to justify your work as a team leader then you might end up messing your interview with your confidence. Unless you have some past experiences where you as a team leader achieved great success, it is never advisable to go with this choice.
The interviewer might assume you are bossy and overconfident.
A safe play would be to go with Team player as everybody loves a team player. When talking about your teamwork, keep these suggestions in mind:
The aim of this question is to test your background work about the company and its products. Anyone who is keen on working with a company would do a good amount of research.
You need to know in detail about the products. A rough idea as to the usage and advantages of the products would do.
This will also help you come up with some good suggestions as to what can be improved in the products and how can they be made better (this can be told if the interviewer asks for opinion about their products). But you also need to be careful while doing so.
Firstly you need to analyze if the changes or improvements you suggested are feasible enough. Every product made by a company involves a lot of thinking, background research work and so much of effort into building it as whole. So when you point out mistakes or changes then you need to be confident as to why they should be done. It is not necessary that you need to come up with suggestions. But it might just help add up a lot of value to your candidature.
For this question, you need to think of what are some of the skills that you have when compared to others. Also, you need to have proper justification & examples to demonstrate your skill. One such example is:
"My natural ability to organize effectively makes me unique. I also have the ability to relate problems with real-world experience and I will try implementing technical knowledge that I have so far in sorting it out."
This one again varies from person to person. But before answering this keep in mind that hobby is something that you do on a regular basis to enhance your skill.
If you are a puzzle lover you can go with this. I am a puzzle person. As of date, I am into speed cubing. It means, I like to solve various types of Rubiks cubes and other
puzzles within a time limit. I also love to solve Su-do-ku puzzles during train journeys. But most importantly, I am into programming puzzles in 10 languages on which I spend at least an hour daily. In order to polish my skills, I have taken up the bonus of conducting and arranging hackathons for my batch and for my juniors in the Computer Science Engineering department of my college. My friends call me Puzzle-man because of my hobby.
So, there is no particular question which is considered to be the best. But, please make sure you do not ask sensitive questions like regarding compensation, annual turn over etc.
One possible answer could be:
Thank you for giving me the opportunity. Yes, sir, I do have questions.
Some example questions are