Questions to be Prepared – Before Your HR Round


1) Focus on developing good communication skills.

It goes without saying that for any kind of interview round, you must be able to present yourself with confidence and communicate in an effective manner. Communicating does not mean only speaking. One must stay attentive and focus very well on what interviewee is talking or questioning about. Rather than answering instantly, one must take a few seconds to pause and think before answering. Maintainig composure is very important. When you speak, make sure your thoughts and words are well organised and that you speak loud and clear. If you are genuinely convinced and confident about what you are saying, it will reflect. Hence, you must stay absolutely honest during an interview. Another important point is if you do not understand a question, do not hesitate in asking them to repeat. It will always be better than misinterpreting the question and answering wrongly.

2) Make sure you know well about the company

To a huge extent, your interest in the company gets reflected by how much you really know about it. Make it a point to read about the company very well before sitting for interview. There are very high chances of questions like ‘What do you like about our company?’ or ‘Why do you want to be hired for this role?’. Make sure you have the answers to these questions. There might be a question like ‘Is there anything that you would want to know about the company?’. It is recommened that you answer in affirmative and ask a question as that shows your willingness to know the company better. It will also be better to know recent news about the company. Asking questions related to that may impress the interviewee as that will reflect that you have been following updates about the company closely.

3) Keep answers to certain questions ready in your mind

The reality is that there are certain HR questions whose answers might be hard to give in thought on the spot. For instance, pointing your own strengths and weaknesses may be challenging if you have never put a thought to it before.

There are certain questions you must have answers ready for:

  1. Tell me something about yourself.
  2. Why should we hire you for this role.
  3. How do you usually handle criticism. Give an example of such a situation.
  4. Do you have experience of working in this sector?What did you learn from your previous experience?
  5. What do you like about our organisation?
  6. Do you have offers from other companies?Have you applied elsewhere?
  7. What are your strengths and weaknesses? How do you overcome your weakness?

4) Practice situational questions

In many cases, interviewee creates a certain situation example and asks you how would you deal with it or what are the steps that you will take. There is no common answer of dealing with such questions but one needs to remember that in your answers they are looking for skills like team building, leadership, willingness to help others and willingness to take help from others, confidence and ability to work and coordinate in a group. An example might be ‘What will you do if a person in your project group is performing inefficently and not meeting deadlines because of which your overall performance is suffering?’

Remember to stay real and not pretend at all because these employers have years of experience and can easilty understand if you are trying to manipulate a situation.

5) Learn to stay calm and cool-headed

This point will help you sail through all situations in an HR interview, In many cases, the interviewee tries to create presssure. He/She might purposefully not seem pleased with your answeres or try to discourage your point of view. In these cases some people lose their confidence and some become irritated. It must be kept in mind that you are there to present your point of view and answer their questions. Their liking or not liking it is not in your control. Just focus on being your best. Make sure that your body language is good and you maintain a positive and enthusiatic mood throughout the interview.

6) Stay Balanced

When asked for an opinion on any issue, make sure you represent a balanced point of view. These questions are asked only to understand your way of thinking. For instance, if they are asking you your view on Gay Rights, what they are really trying to know is how open minded you are, how much knowledge you keep about what is going on around the world and how your percieve things. So present views of both people. People who support it as well as those are against it. You should not come across as a person who is limilted to his own views. Open-mindedness is always appreciated.

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