How to Answer the Top 10 Human Resources Interview Questions

When you are attending a job interview, you only have one chance to make a first impression. In addition to preparing for the interview by thoroughly researching the company to ascertain how you would be a good fit—you also need to be prepared for the questions. One sign that an interviewer looks for with regard to how a candidate scores on the interview is how well the prospective employee responds to questions. You need to be able to respond in a professional and mature manner to all different types of interview questions. The listing below details the best way to answer the top 10 human resource interview questions.

1. What Can You Tell Me About Yourself?

This is a question that is generally asked at the beginning of the interview. It is important to provide a clear and concise thumbnail description of yourself and a few key qualities. Resist the temptation to divulge your entire personal life story. You need to find a way to stand out from the other candidates by sharing some interesting tidbits without exaggerating or sharing too much. According to Michael Page from Career Center, “Tailoring your answer to the role offered by declaring the strongest benefit that you offer an employer will leave the interviewer compelled to know more.”

 2. What Are Your Reasons for Seeking Employment with Us?

This question is an important opportunity for you to demonstrate your knowledge of the company or organization. Michael Page advised that this type of question is a way for the interviewer to gauge how enthusiastic you are for the role. You can shine as a top candidate by responding with several exact reasons that working for this company appealed to you. It is good for you to focus on your skillset, specific strengths and what your accomplishments are that make you a great candidate for the position.

3. How Would You Describe Your Strengths?

The purpose of this question is for the interviewer to ascertain your specific strengths and whether or not those assets would be a good match for the position you’re applying for. The best way to respond to this question is by sharing your main strengths which you know are also requirements for the job. You can elaborate and share an example of how you successfully demonstrated those strengths in your previous work experience.

4. How Would You Describe Your Greatest Weaknesses

With regard to this question, the interviewer is trying to determine how self-aware you are and whether or not you truly know yourself. Everyone has weaknesses. However, the difference is that some people are completely self-aware and know how to work on improving their weaknesses. Mr. Page advised that “it’s best not to say you don’t have any weaknesses.” Instead, he suggested using the phrase area for improvement rather than weakness. Be sure to discuss weaknesses that are not vital for the position you’re interviewing for. Always show that you are prepared to continually improve and develop while facing your challenges.

5. What are Your Biggest Achievements?

This question is meant to determine whether or not you have the instincts to achieve great things. The interviewer is seeking individuals who have had accomplishments which could be advantageous to their company. You need to consider wisely which achievements to share which would relate well to the position you’re applying for.

6. How Have You Handled Your Most Difficult Situation at Work?

According to Michael Page, this question is used by interviewers to ascertain “your definition of difficult and whether you can show a logical approach to problem solving.” It is important to remember not to share a negative situation that you caused. Simply share how you handled a difficult situation and what logical steps you took to solve the issue.

7. What Factors Did You Enjoy or Dislike About Your Job?

With regard to this question, you should always remain neutral and not disparage your previous employer. The interviewer is seeking to ascertain your main interests and what types of tasks in your previous work experience you did not enjoy. Mr. Page suggests that you should focus more on the factors you enjoyed about the job. He advised that it’s always important to “draw parallels to the new role.”

8. What are Your Reasons for Leaving Your Current Job?

Again, do not share anything negative about your previous employer. It is important to be concise in your response. You must show how you are seeking new professional experiences that will challenge you and help you to develop as a person. Mr. Page advised that you should “explain how your current role can no longer provide you with these things.”

9. What Goals Do You Have for Your Professional Life?

People with purpose can motivate others toward accomplishing great things. Most employers will see someone like this as an asset to their company. It is important for you to be concise yet detailed in how you seek opportunities to be challenged so that you can grow. Mr. Page advised that you should “avoid blankly stating” that you simply “want to be with their company.”  

10. How Do You Handle High Pressure Situations?

This question is designed to ascertain your ability to remain calm under pressure. Again, when you explain how you have handled high pressure situations, do not share any that you may have caused. It is important to stress how well you handled the situation and acted to create an outcome that benefited everyone involved.

Receiving a job offer has as much to do with your experience as with how well you remained poised and confident during the interview process. Make every effort to be prepared for the interview and be concise and direct, yet professional in all your responses.


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