In particular, I am seeking a solid list of questions and answers (or best practice) most often asked to Human Resource professionals. Thank you.
Almost every question is the same: Why should I hire YOU? Tell me about YOURSELF, i.e., what makes YOU the right person for this opportunity? Tell me about a time when YOU...succeeded in doing what this opportunity will require YOU to do? Learn and use the STAR method of answering questions: What was the SITUATION? What TASKS were required in the situation? What ACTIONS did YOU execute in the situation? What were the RESULTS of YOUR actions? Regardless of the question, you should be able to provide a real life example from your background that demonstrates (not just tells) the answer. Whether you are talking about you skills, strengths, weaknesses, successes, etc. be prepared to answer with an example--using the STAR method.
The one question I was asked was more of a statement. Tell me a time about a stressful situation you have been through, and how you reacted and handled that situation. Which to me is asking about how well you are able to solve problems quickly, calmly, and decisively when the need occurs.
Glassdoor has a function where people post the questions they were asked in their interviews. Simply choose a company you're interested in and select the 'interviews' option.
Most questions are typically template asking about skills and past employment.
To differentiate yourself in answers, always give a measured result of success.
Example - project lead resulted in finishing contract before deadline, generated growth 3 months after launch, company received vendor participation award from client. etc etc.
We tend to go on and on about what we do, our strengths and weaknesses and not the positive results.
Prior to an interview prep yourself to make them feel they would be grateful to have you on the team versus you being grateful for a job. Business can't survive without great people that bring great results :)
Be prepared for open-ended questions that will make you think. Here are some examples:
- Tell me about a time you made a mistake, and what you learned from it.
- How would you handle it if you disagreed with your boss? With your co-worker?
- Which of your accomplishments makes you the most proud, and why?
- Which aspects of this position excite you the most, and why?
- Describe your perfect work day.
It is not easy to prepare for this type of question, since you don't know what it will be! But try to think of your experience from a behavioral aspect, as Damin mentioned, and come with ideas or incidents you want to share. If the interviewer doesn't ask anything like this, you can also be ready to offer it if they ask whether there is anything else you'd like to add. It shows that you have analyzed your work history in order to learn and grow.
Of course, you will probably also encounter more standard questions, such as:
- Why did you leave this position (or the military)?
- What are your strengths? Your weaknesses?
- What do you hope to accomplish in the next 5 years?
Ben, I hope these potential questions have helped. Feel free to contact me at email@example.com if you need any further assistance, or if you would like me to conduct a mock interview over the phone to give you some training and feedback.
Most asked by HR professionals? or what do most candidates ask HR professionals? I am assuming the first question-- you can be prepared for almost anything as Damin replied. What skills do you bring to the table? what are your weaknesses (your response: describe an event in which your weakness turned in your favor, or was actually a strength--- i.e, when encountering a situation in which you are did not feel competent, asking for help not only taught you how to do it better but also teamwork accomplished it better than if that person did it alone, because you brought other needed skills to the table..... or describing a weakness in terms of a strength-- sometimes I work over, because I want to make sure it's done right and have to check it twice. etc. )
Hi Ben -
The answer depends on what type of interview it is. Some companies do behavioral interviews where they'll ask about specific situations you were in rather than just ask about your resume. I'd say you can count being asked the question 'What qualifies you for this position' or something similar. Outside of that, it varies widely.
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