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HR Interview Questions

Recruitment of the best candidates for a job or for admission is a huge responsibility and HR interview questions are an integral part of this process. Below is a list of possible HR interview questions that candidates can expect to be asked during their interviews. While the list may not be comprehensive, it gives a fair idea about what you can expect in such a screening process and how best to prepare yourself beforehand so that you can handle it to score above your competitors.

  1. What have your achievements been to date?
  2. Are you satisfied with your career up to now?
  3. What do you like most about your current employment?
  4. What were the main reasons why you left your previous employer?
  5. Tell us about a time when your work on an idea of yours was criticized. How did you handle it?
  6. Describe a situation that required you to work under pressure and tell us how you reacted.
  7. Tell us of a time when you were given a job or assignment where you had no prior training.
  8. Describe your three greatest accomplishments to date.
  9. Give an example of when your persistence had the biggest payoff.
  10. Give us an example of an important goal you set and tell us about how you managed to achieve it.
  11. What was the most satisfying goal you accomplished in your last job?
  12. Describe a time when you set your sights too high.
  13. What are some obstacles that you have had to overcome to get where you are today?
  14. Describe a situation when you found yourself challenged.
  15. Tell us about a time when you had to use your spoken communication skills in order to get across a point that was important to you.
  16. Tell us about a job experience in which you had to speak up and tell other people what you thought or felt.
  17. Describe the most significant written document, report, or presentation that you’ve completed.
  18. Tell us about a time when you recently had to deal with a difficult team member.
  19. Think about a difficult boss or other person who has challenged you.
  20. Describe the worst customer or co-worker you have had and explain how you dealt with him or her.
  21. Can you tell us about a time that you seized an opportunity?
  22. Give an example of a time you went above and beyond the call of duty to get a job done.
  23. Give an example of how you prioritize multiple demands on your time.
  24. Talk about the last time you were unable to report to work and how you completed that work on time.
  25. Have you ever performed duties that were beyond the scope of your job description?
  26. Give an example of a situation when you worked on an extremely difficult assignment with little or no resources.
  27. What personal qualities do you believe define you as a leader? Describe a situation when those qualities helped you lead others.
  28. Describe the toughest group that you’ve managed to get to truly cooperate.
  29. Have you ever had difficulty getting others to accept your ideas?
  30. Describe a situation when you had to change your leadership style to accomplish the desired impact?
  31. Give three specific examples from your work experience when you made something better or improved a service.
  32. Describe a time when you wanted to improve a system but were met with resistance.
  33. Have you ever recognized a problem before your co-workers did?
  34. Talk about a time when you presented a new idea to your supervisor.
  35. Tell me about your ability to work under pressure.
  36. What is more important to you-work or money?
  37. Pick three adjectives that best describe you.
  38. Are you willing to relocate or travel?
  39. What makes you angry?
  40. Give me an example of your creativity.
  41. How long would you expect to work for us if hired?
  42. Are not you overqualified for this position?
  43. Describe your ideal company, locations and job.
  44. What has been your biggest professional failure? What did you gain from it?
  45. Tell us about a work situation that irritated you.
  46. Tell us about a place you worked that made you feel proud to be part of the team.
  47. What do you believe sets you apart from all other candidates?
  48. What have you accomplished in the way of self-development in the past year?
  49. What question do you wish we had asked?
  50. What questions would you like to ask us?
  51. Do your skills match this particular job or some other job profile closely?
  52. What role will you play in a team?
  53. What things disappoint you most in any job?
  54. Which has been the most difficult decision that you made with regard to your job?
  55. Are you open to making sacrifices for the sake of your company?
  56. Which are the qualities you look for in your employer?
  57. Do you know any individual working for our company?
  58. Why do you wish to work in this company?
  59. Would you consider yourself successful?
  60. Are you willing to travel?
  61. What are your salary expectations?
  62. Why have you been out of work so long, and how many others were laid off?
  63. If employed, how do you manage time for interviews?
  64. How did you prepare for this interview?
  65. Where would you really like to work?
  66. Can you describe how you solved a work or school problem?
  67. Explain how would be an asset to this organization?
  68. How much salary do you expect?
  69. Where do you see yourself five years from now?
  70. On a scale of one to ten, rate me as an interviewer.
  71. If you were suddenly were given a deadline assignment while you were busy finishing another urgent problem, how would you handle the conflict?
  72. How did you organize your duties for your last job?
  73. How do you determine what the top priorities are at work?
  74. How do you plan out your day so that your work priorities are accomplished?
  75. How do you deal with situations when priorities need to be re-shuffled?
  76. Summarize a situation where you successfully persuaded others to behave differently so they’d work more collaboratively or to see another point of view.
  77. Give an example of a time when you used facts and reason to persuade another person to take action.
  78. How do you motivate people? Give a specific example of something that you have done in your career that helped build enthusiasm in others.
  79. What are ways you use to recognize staff?
  80. Discuss a situation when you took charge of a group and led it to achieve a desired goal.
  81. Talk about the riskiest decision you have made in your entire career.
  82. Tell us about a difficult decision you have had to make during the last year.
  83. Give an example of when you had to be extremely quick in coming to a decision.
  84. Give us an example of a time when you had to make a split second decision.
  85. Tell us about a time when you were forced to make an unpopular decision.
  86. Give an example of a time when you had to refrain from making a decision because you did not have enough information.
  87. Describe a decision that you made within the last year that is mention-worthy.
  88. What are your long term goals?
  89. Give me five reasons why I should hire you.
  90. How has your educational background prepared you for this career?
  91. What are your greatest strengths?
  92. What are your greatest weaknesses?
  93. Do you believe in being a team player?
  94. What are the two most important qualities that a manager should have?
  95. If you had to live your life again, what is the one thing you would most certainly change?
  96. What books and magazines do you enjoy reading and why?
  97. Do you have any other offer on hand?
  98. Are you planning further studies?
  99. What continuous improvement methodologies are you familiar with?
  100. Give me an example of the type of work experience you have had on a day-to-day basis with the public.

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