Best preparation tips for Human Resource (HR) Interview

This article will give you a better understanding about Human Resource(HR) interview round, some quick preparation tips before the interview as well as while attending the interview. It also includes few sample HR interview questions and answers for freshers as well as experienced candidates.


Human Resource interview is basically designed to see how to represent yourself and show your behavior in front of experts. Here your strengths and weaknesses will be noticed. Another purpose of this round is to check through your background and know whether you are perfect for the job position or not.
Most candidates think that, HR round is just a formality to provide you an offer letter. It might be true for some cases, but in this current market scenario, it is not true with most recruiters. HR round becomes an important role to shortlist the right candidate.

What is Human Resource (HR) interview?

As per my knowledge, HR interview is held for judging the personality which includes character, behaviors, weaknesses, strengths, presence of mind, past working experiences and general compatibility with the organization. They may ask about your background to know about your upbringing, family background, previous educations, jobs, why you want to switch. It gives a little idea about your life, while switching jobs for better opportunities or just like that, and also about trustworthiness to an organization, your future plans. Finally, based on the feedback of the technical experts, HR manager's role also may be to negotiate salary with you.

Top Preparation Tips for HR interview

Tips before the interview

  1. Understand the job requirement: Look into the job profile that you have applied for or have an interview scheduled for to understand the role perfectly. Likewise, what are the organization's expectations, what are the skill sets required, what are the qualifications recruiters are looking for. Cope up yourself with all the details.
  2. Match the requirement to your job profile: Try to match your profile with the job requirement. Try to showcase your ability and capability to execute the tasks mentioned in the job description. Also, if you have skills that will be an added bonus to the job requirement, make a note of it.
  3. Go through your resume: Go through your resume thoroughly. Be truthful and confident about each and every details (skills,info) that have been mentioned there. Suppose, in case there is a break in education or if you had taken some time off work, be truthful and realistic to be ready with an answer that works in your favor.
  4. Properly know the company: Gather as many details about the company as you can. Go through the company website. Check out on Glassdoor review and LinkedIn profiles of CXOs of the company, also find out about their competitors.

Tips on the day of interview

  1. Express yourself: It is very important to be yourself. Do not pretend to be a successful or a confident person or anything negative. Just be yourself. That will be sufficient to establish as a right candidate who may be fit for the company.
  2. Dress properly and comfortably: Choose to wear clothes that make you feel comfortable and relaxed. You can either choose to wear branded clothes or might be picked up from a local store. It doesn't matter. What matters is how you carry your dress. The clothes should be simple.
  3. Matching accessories: It is recommended to limit within minimum accessories. Wear only as much as is required. For ladies, do not wear accessories that is unnecessary, like big earnings or bracelets etc. Overall, your appearance should be formal and professional.
  4. Carry a copy of your resume: Ensure that you carry 2/3 hard copies of your resume. It's also a good idea to keep a soft copy as well.
  5. Reach the venue on time: Always try to reach the venue 10/15 minutes in advance. So that at least you will have time to relax and make a plan.

Some tips while attending a HR round

  1. It is mandatory to respond to every question asked about you
  2. Keep your ego away
  3. Show your positive abilities towards the recruiter
  4. Answer clearly, loudly and to the point
  5. Be confident and tension-free
  6. Show your compatibility with the company
  7. Be calm, tension-free and try to feel at home
  8. Listen all the questions carefully and answer each of them accordingly
  9. If you do not understand a question, ask again. There is absolutely nothing wrong in it
  10. Answer to the point. Do not talk about anything which is irrelevant
  11. Be truthful in your answers. If you don't know the answer of a specific question, clearly say you don't know. If at any point you lie, you will be paying for it in future.
  12. Do not be arrogant while answering. Often, sometime, the candidates try to get the better of the interviewer. Refrain from that.
  13. Stay grounded and answer questions in a manner that gives them the confidence to pick you as a right candidate for the job.
  14. Asking questions about Company: Once you have finished answering all the necessary questions and the interview is going on well, you can ask questions regarding your role in the company, if you wish to.
  15. Asking relevant questions: You can ask about the company or any other questions which are in your mind. It is alright to ask questions. it will show that you are interested and serious about the job profile.

Before the interview, it is always a good idea to mentally ready. Think of some questions that are likely to be asked and prepare answers accordingly in front of the mirror. Some of the probable questions are:

Few HR Questions and answers for freshers

  1. Tell me something about yourself.
    Sample tips: Here, you can focus on your educational qualification, your family background, your aspirations, then your career growth. Always try to highlight your achievement details that will make the interviewer feel that you are suitable for the job, tell about your degree, certificates, achievements and work experience, mention about your hobbies and interests too.

  2. Why do you want to work in this company?
    Sample tips: Here, you have to show positive towards the company. Also, never talk negatively about your currently working company. If you have a genuine reason to change, say it, or else 'looking for career growth' will be a good answer.

  3. Why should we hire you?
    Sample tips: Here you can have to explain about your skills, your past experiences, your past achievements and how you can bring new value to the role. Also, try to speak about your strengths, weaknesses (which indirectly shows positivity) and few related examples on how you added value to the team.
    Sample answer: I am a fast learner and hardworking person who can be very reliable and trustworthy to this company.

  4. Your greatest strengths?
    Sample tips: Here, mention truthfully your strength. You may have numerous of strengths, but focus on those which will help you to get this job.For example, if you are going to manage a team, show how past experiences, your strengths will enable you to be a better manager.
    Sample answer: I am a enthusiastic and highly motivated person. I do not stop until I finish the task.

  5. Your greatest weaknesses?
    Sample tips: Like strengths, mention your weakness truthfully. Try to make the weakness shows like your strength to a great extent. As you mention your weakness, always add few points how you plan to overcome it.
    Sample answer: People say I always try to be perfect. I attended seminars for that to learn the art how to manage myself well.

  6. Are you willing to work overtime/nights/weekends?
    Sample answer: I have no problem with it. Being a fresher, an extra effort means a chance to learn more and it is something for the company as well, I will be really happy to do it.

  7. What motivates you?
    Sample answer: My motivation is to go beyond my own expectations and dreams.

  8. What are your salary expectations?
    Sample tips: This can be a tricky one. Here, you may or may not choose the exact amount depending on the situation, fresher might be avoid to tell the exact amount, 'As per market standard' will be a better answer here.
    Sample answer: As of now, I have not figure out much about it. Now, I am more focused on learning the requirements for this position.

  9. Do you have any question for me?
    Sample answer: I would like to know what are the next procedures. also I am interested to know more details about the position I am applying for.

Few HR Questions and answers for experienced

  1. Are you willing to travel/relocate?
    Sample answer: Yes. I love traveling. Adjusting in new places and meet new people will be a wonderful experience for me.

  2. Why did you leave your last job?
    Sample answer: I left my previous job because I feel I want to learn more, to get a better future.

  3. Do you consider yourself successful?
    Sample answer: During my 5+ years career, I have learned to set goals(both short term and long term) and to make sure I meet each of it.

  4. What experience do you have in this field?
    Sample tips: Mention about specific programming languages, tools, frameworks, area, streams you have worked on.

  5. Are you a team player?
    Sample answer: Yes, definitely. Whatever job/task is assigned to me, I make sure it meets the expectation and goal. I also reach out to teammates whenever needed.

  6. What have you learned from mistakes?
    Sample answer: I learned that without proper mutual coordination, even the simplest task could cause problems in a project. I have faced this problem during my first job.

  7. Describe your ability to work under pressure.
    Sample tips: Give examples from your past experiences on how you have delivered successfully under pressure in-spite of tight deadlines. If possible, share with them few unique ways to handle pressure.
    Sample answer: Brief pauses or take a few minutes break in enough to get me charged again. I can manage stress well enough and does not decrease my productivity level due to that.

  8. What irritates you about co-workers?
    Sample answer: When I feel the other guy's negative attitude, I try my level best to approach him and talk things over. I always try to stay positive and transparent with every member around me.

  9. What role do you tend to play in a team?
    Sample answer: I try to be fine with co-workers. I always try to stay positive with people around me.

  10. What was the most difficult decision made by you?
    Sample answer: It was a time when I had to choose between a group of employees protesting some issues, and staying away from it. I ended up being a mediator between the employees and our immediate reporting manager, and I was really glad I made that decision because it ended up well and without further conflicts in the company.

  11. Are you applying in other companies as well?
    Sample answer: Yes. I have submitted my applications in some of the best companies like ___ through some job portals.

  12. Do you know anyone who works in our company?
    Sample answer: No. I found your ads in a popular job posting website.

  13. Would you rather work for money or job satisfaction?
    Sample answer: Job satisfaction is more important for me. Job satisfaction makes me stay positive, productive, money would naturally come along with it.

  14. Don't you think, you are overqualified for this position?
    Sample answer: I believe that I grow everyday when I talk to my team member, customers and managers. So, the learning process continues through out the life – I do not think I am over qualified.

  15. There is some gap in your work history. Why?
    Sample answer: Yes. I was feeling exhausted after years of work without proper break. So, I decided to take a break and spend some quality time with my friends and family.


Some of you might be already undergo some HR discussion, some might be not. Here, All types of questions are specified. Try to follow these tips and tricks, prepare all this questions and also practice to give better answers to the recruiter with confidence.

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Author: Swati Sarnobat28 Mar 2016 Member Level: Gold   Points : 3

To pass the HR interview, you must have good command over your language or should speak continuously without giving much thought. But, you must not speak in a hasty manner. You must be well-focused and firm about your future plan. Do not feel shy to answer frankly because you should decide about your future. If you are not able to commit as per interviewers expectation, then directly address that you are not able to abide by the rules because later on you should not face problems.

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