Preparing for a job interview can be tough but it is even harder to prepare for an interview for a HR related position. Many candidates seek help in preparing for an interview and we have comprehensively covered the important questions asked during an interview in previous newsletters. However in an interview for a HR position the employers ask questions that are quite different from the questions asked in any other interview.

If you are planning to apply for a HR related position, here are some questions which you need to make sure you can answer and be prepared for them.

What are your qualifications as a Human Resources Professional which are applicable in this position?

This is the most basic question that all employers ask any candidate who applies for a HR related job. You need to be specific in answering this question and mention those qualifications and experiences that are relevant to the job specifications mentioned by the employer. This helps the employer in judging how you can be useful to their organization. Also experience in taking interviews, screening applications, payroll, policy making and other hiring tasks is important for any HR related job.

What do you wish to achieve from this job?

This question helps the employer determine your dedication to professional life so don’t ever answer in term of monetary benefits as that will give the worst impression. Instead, talk about learning experience and career growth which is a result of working for an organization like the one you are applying to.

What was the most difficult presentation that you’ve had to make?  How did you overcome the difficulty?

HR professionals have to give presentations not only to the directors but also to the employees and sometimes even the clients. So having good presentation skills and being able to handle difficult situations during the presentation make you a good candidate for any HR related position.

Have you ever imparted training to any employee? If so, how was the experience?

Since HR professionals are often required to train newcomers and guide them about the various office trends, it is important that the person hired at a post related to HR can train employees.

Have you been involved in any recruitment efforts at your previous jobs? How do you deal with particularly difficult recruitments?

The most important task of a HR professional is to help the organization in its recruitment efforts by streamlining the process for the CEO or the director. The HR department is responsible for short listing the ideal candidate for any given job and helping the organization in making the right decision. So you need to be able to provide references of the recruitment assignments you have undertaken in the past and the success ratio of the candidates that have been hired as a result of this recruitment drive.

What do you think is most important to ensure employee satisfaction?

The HR department is responsible for making and upgrading company policies. Most of these policies affect the employees directly or indirectly and hence have an impact on the general employee satisfaction. If you are applying for a HR related position it is important that you are aware of which factors affect the satisfaction level and how can you boost the satisfaction level of these employees.

How good are you at handling conflicts at work?

Handling conflicts at work is an integral part of HR and a person who is good at handling conflicts at work can be an asset to the team. There is no organization where there are no conflicts between employees, management and clients. So you need to know how to handle a conflict at work without letting it have any effect on the working of the organization.

When answering this question during an interview, make sure that you can quote an actual example of a conflict which you helped resolve in the past and how that improved the working situation.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

This is a pretty standard question that all employers ask the candidate whether he is applying for a HR related position or any other. The main purpose is to find out if you are planning to stay with the company for a considerable time in order to meet your long term goals or if this is just a temporary stop till you find a better job.

Make sure that you have a list of the long term goals and see where you actually want to be in five years. You can tell where you started from, what you have achieved so far and where you want to be in the next five years so that the employer gets a sense of commitment from you.

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