Guidelines for cracking the Toughest HR interviews

HR executive generally puts forth common questions and it is always best to be well prepared for these questions so that you can be successful in getting your dream job. We have compiled together some of the top interview questions that HR interviewers love asking at interviews. Read on further and get familiar with some of these questions to answer them comfortably without your interviewers doubting you.

1. Tell us something about yourself:
The most common question asked during an Interview is to introduce yourself and to tell them about you. This gives your interviewer and insight into the person that you truly are. It is best recommended that you follow the present- past – future formula. When you begin giving your reply to such a question it is necessary that you start with the present- what you do currently and where you stand. Then take your interviewer into your past and narrate some of your experiences got talents and skills that you acquired along the way and how it would be useful for the growth and development of the company to which you are currently applying for. You can also tell about your family background as well as educational qualifications. It is always good to include some of your major achievements both in the past as well as in the present. And finally, tell your interviewer about the future that you are planning to have and how excited you will be if you get the opportunity to work for them.

2. How are you doing?
This question is basically an icebreaker and makes you feel comfortable within your surroundings. When giving your answer to such a question, you need to flaunt a pleasant smile that indicates to your interviewer that all is going well with your life currently. However, if you wish to speak up honestly about your day and tell your interviewer that it isn’t going well, you can try to express it in a positive manner without getting your interviewer to judge you well before time.

3. Where you would picture yourself 5 years from now?
Make sure that you approach this question in a positive way and give it some real thought of where you wish to be five years from now. You can state what you are and say what the future holds for you, but you consider that this job is an opportunity which will play a vital role in your life in the next 5 years. Stay precise and to the point while expressing your views with honesty. When your interviewer asks you such a question, they want to know whether you are approaching this job opportunity with realistic expectations, whether the position that you are applying for is in sync with your goals, skills, talent, and growth, whether you possess the ambition to work in that particular position.

4. Mention one thing that you think you should improve upon?
This question is a tricky one. You need to express the negative straight while combining it with a positive twist and a hope and belief in yourself for the future. Mention one or two weak points that you think you possess. However, you should choose a weakness which does not affect the perspective of the company, their goals, and policies.

5. Tell us about your strengths?
To give the right answer to this question, you will need to personally know about the strengths that you possess are worth mentioning. You will also need to give an effective answer depending on the position that you are applying for. Tell your strengths only based on whether they are relevant to the job position that you are applying for. For example if you are applying for a position as a technical lead in the field of Java, then you will need to mention the various Java skills and the knowledge that you possess for coding in Java as well as the various skills that are required for handling and managing a team.

6. What do you do during your free time?
This is another most commonly asked questions at interviews. When answering this question, you will need to mention your hobbies and interest. Companies are on the lookout for applicants who have multiple interests and who are multifaceted. These hobbies and interests should be something which is different from academics. Never make the mistake of including hobbies like that of eating, sleeping and watching TV as it tends to give the interviewer an impression that you are a lazy person.

7. Why should I give you the job position?
By asking this question, the interviewer wants to know whether you are suitable for the job and on what grounds should he give you the job position instead of another candidate. A suitable answer will be one which explains your job profile, your work experience and expertise in the area as well as your strengths that would be of value to the company and the job position. You can also mention that you are flexible if it requires sharing responsibilities, rule changes, and any other changes that are required by the company or organization. You can also make a mention of your previous achievements at the other job portfolios that you held and worked with. Explain to your interviewer how you got to acquire the skills and how it would be useful to the company which hires you. In addition, you will also need to mention that you wish to develop your skills and that you are ready to face new challenges that come with the job.

8. Do you wish to pursue higher education in the future?
If you have any wishes of pursuing higher education and you are serious about it, then it is necessary that you disclose such educational aspirations with your employer before you get on to the job. However, if you are unsure as to whether to pursue your higher education, then you can mention to your interviewer that you are looking for to do further studies but not in the immediate future. You could mention that you would like to work and develop your skills and from they go on to higher education for better prospects and career progressions. Some companies and organizations encourage and support their employees to carry out for the education by supporting them with incentives and scholarships to pursue further. However if you have no idea about whether the company encourages further education, then it is best to align and answer that suits what the company is looking for.

9. Who inspires you the most?
The main reason behind this question is for the interviewer to find out not only who is your inspiration in your life but also the reasons behind it. So your answer should include not only the person who inspires you the most but also why he or she is your inspiration in life.

10. Are you comfortable with relocating elsewhere?
It is necessary to discuss this question with your family and loved ones before going in for an interview. If you are a fresher there is not much choice. A beginner will need to go places before becoming well experienced in the job position. There will be several compelling reasons and situation require you to relocate to another place far away from your home and family for work reasons. Freshers with flexible preferences are considered the best choice during an interview. If you say no to relocating elsewhere, then the interviewers are going to take it that you are denying an opportunity to develop your talents and skills at the site.

11. Are you willing to work flexible shifts?
Companies generally have different work shifts that have employees flexing and rotating their work timings around the clock. Generally, interviewers expect you to be flexible with the work hours and to be willing to work at different timings. However, if you have a genuine reason to avoid working during odd shift hours, then you should mention it at the earliest.

12. Why do you want to work in our company?
Start your answer by mentioning the job profile that you are applying for and then tell your interviewers that by working for them you would gain knowledge and get the right opportunities to grow in your career. Mention all the areas in which you would be an asset to the company based on the skills and professional talents that you possess.

13. What do you expect from the job?
It is necessary that you stay positive when answering this question. For freshers, you need to state that you expect to learn more and to develop the talents and skills required for the carrier. You can also state personal expectations and how it would be of help to the society if you got the job, or how it would help to reduce your burden in paying back heavy loans. You can also state any vision or strategy that you have for the company and which you would strive to work towards if you were given the job position at the company.
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