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Geetanjali | HR Interview Questions & Answers | 02 Jan 2019

Ever faced an HR interview before? In case you haven’t, I am sure


that you might face one soon enough. In order to help you prepare,
we have curated this blog which covers some of the most frequently
asked HR interview questions and answers.

1. Tell me something about yourself in brief

2. Describe who you are. or Tell me about your background.

3. What are your strengths and weaknesses?

4. You have not done your PG yet. This is not a drawback, but
don’t you think you should get a PG degree asap?

5. You have changed jobs/jumped ship too many times already,


why so?

6. What are your strong points? or What are your strengths?

7. What is your greatest fear?

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you need to work on?

9. Do you have any serious medical issues?

10. Did you ever have a conflict with your current/previous boss
or professor?

11. What do your friends/co-workers say about you?

12. What did you do in the last year to improve your knowledge?

13. Explain the difference between group and team. Are you a
team player?

14. What is your ideal company or workplace?

15. Have you ever had to fire anyone? How did you feel about
that?

16. What is the most difficult thing that you’ve ever


accomplished? or What is the most difficult thing you have
ever done?

17. What is the difference between hard work and smart work?

18. How do you feel about working weekends and night shifts?

19. Where do you see yourself 3 years from now? or Where do


you see yourself in 5 years?

20. Give an example of a time you had to respond to an unhappy


manager/ customer/ colleague/ professor/ friend.

21. How quickly do you adapt to new technology?

22. What software packages are you familiar with?

23. On a scale of 1 to 10 how would you rate yourself as a leader?

24. What makes you angry?

25. Are you open to take risks? or Do you like experimenting?


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27. What motivates you?

28. What are your hobbies? or What are you passionate about?

29. What are your biggest achievements till date?

30. What are you most proud of?

31. What has been your greatest failure?

32. What do you always regret? or Do you have any regrets?

33. How do you respond to change?

34. Are you demanding as a boss?

35. Are you an organized person?

36. Can you describe your time management skills?

37. What’s your absenteeism record like?

38. Are you reliable? or Can I trust you with responsibilities?

39. What are the three things that are most important for you in a
job?

40. What was the toughest decision you ever had to make?

41. If you won a Rs.10-crore lottery, would you still work?

42. Give me an example of your creativity.

43. What makes you happy?

44. How do you work under pressure? Can you handle the
pressure?

45. Are you willing to relocate or travel?

46. What do you know about us or our company?

47. How long do you think you will work for us after we hire you?

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49. Why do you want to work for us or our company? or Why do


you want this job?

50. Do you know anyone who works for us?

51. Why should we hire you? or Why should I hire you?

52. What are your salary expectations?

53. Your interview is more or less coming to an end when the


interviewer asks you, “Do you have any questions for me?”

The job selection process, especially in India, comprises of the


following rounds.

1. A written test

2. A group discussion

3. Personal interview with a panel

4. Technical/Role-specific interview (this might take place


before the personal interview sometimes)

5. HR interview

Once the first four rounds are done, your HR round comes into the
picture. As a candidate, here you are supposed to give a brief
introduction, answer a few HR interview questions and answers
about your job role or career and in the end, discuss salary, perks,
benefits, deductions, company rules and regulations, conditions etc.
with the HR person.

Getting nervous is perfectly human, but how to ensure that the

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selection? To help you, we have gathered some of the most
frequently asked HR round questions and answers (with multiple
versions). You can also check out specific list of interview questions
and answers for freshers. Also, read how to get a job as a fresher.
Related: Questions to ask in an interview

Go through this blog thoroughly to prepare for HR interview


questions and answers confidently.

Note: Please make sure that you talk about relevant skills and
certifications, wherever needed.

Tell me something about yourself


in brief
This is one of the most frequently asked questions during an HR
round interview. Your answer has to be short, crisp and to the point.
Here are some possible high-impact answers to help you leave a
great impression.

Here are some possible high-impact answers to help you leave a


great impression.

Possible Answer #1:

“Thank you, Sir/Ma’am for this opportunity. I am from XYZ


City and belong to a nuclear family. My father is a Central
Government Employee and my mother is a Vice Principal at
a private school. My younger sister will appear her CBSE

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conscientious and hardworking individual. I carry out any
task assigned to me without hesitation, provided the
instructions are clear. In the case of doubts, I never hesitate
to put forth my questions. I have always been a fast learner,
and I love to keep up my process of learning to figure out
better ways of solving problems. Moreover, I love to
compete with my own past performances than competing
with my peers, as I believe that improvement is always
better than perfection!”

Don’t make the mistake of sharing too much personal information in


any of your HR interview questions and answers round. You will not
be left with enough time to sell your experience and relevant
technical skills.

Possible Answer #2:

“Well, I am a confident, hardworking and a very


professional individual. I have always carried out all the
tasks assigned to me without hesitation, provided the
instructions from my Reporting Managers or seniors were
clear. I have also been a good mentor to my juniors and
never hesitate to guide them. On the other hand, I am a
creative person and I love to test my boundaries. In order to
do so, I keep pushing myself to think out of the box!”

This is another version of frequently asked HR Interview questions


and answers, for the same question.

Possible Answer #3:

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that I have gained across multiple industries and sectors


such as financial services, IT, Telecom, retail, and media. In
my current job role, I am responsible for business
development activities. In the last financial year alone, I
sold projects totaling INR 40,00,000 to clients. On a daily
basis, I handle a 10-member strong team of consultants and
junior consultants. Besides being a management consultant,
I am a fair and independent individual. I try not to be
judgmental and always absorb constructive criticism, listen
to my boss' inputs, my client's complaints as well as address
my team members' issues, to my best possible abilities.”

Read more answers here.

Describe who you are. or Tell me


about your background.
In an HR round, you will surely face this question among all other
HR interview questions and answers asked to you, and I am sure you
treat it as the easiest of all questions. Well, it’s not! Never
underestimate the possibility of scoring better points with a crisp
answer, if you feel confident. It can become a fate-changer for
applicants having fewer than 5 years of total job experience.

If your degree is obviously related to the job you’re interviewing for,


you can give this answer.

Possible Answer #1:

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“I am
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also have an MBA or I have completed a certification course


in Digital Marketing from ABC Academy. What else would
you like to know?”
In case your degree is not as relevant as it should have been, but you
feel that you have the potential to shine through, you can give this
answer. This is a useful tip for HR interview questions and answers.

Possible Answer #2:

“I have worked on an independent project work with 2 other


students on Soft Skills. I have also participated in several
paper presentations on Business Communication.”

Do not forget to talk about your major subject in your UG/PG at the
University and also about subjects/papers, that are relevant to the
job, that you have applied for.

Possible Answer #3:

“I have scored an A in Professional and Technical Written


Communication in English, in my first semester. Here’s my
marksheet.”

Here you will expect a new HR interview question, and the answer to
this one will be more relevant to your education. In case there is an
odd pause, start talking about cocurricular activities that you are
good at. For example, you can say this.

Possible Answer #4:

“I am a music enthusiast and a beginner level guitarist. I


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place.”

Such an answer will add a light mood to the interview and make
things more positive. Professionals can also cite the above answer
and highlight certain awards and accolades which they have earned
during their school/college or university years.

Possible Answer #5:

“I was a good orator and always stood first in debate and


elocution competitions during my school and college days.”

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What are your strengths and


weaknesses?
This is a very common question asked by HR personnel to
candidates. Remember that interviewers these days hardly ever get
impressed by flowery responses. So be careful while tackling this
one.

Possible Answer #1:

“I have several strengths namely – I am patient, committed,


honest and self-motivated. I am the biggest dreamer I have
ever come across! I forgive easily and hate to keep grudges
in my heart. My greatest weakness is that I don't like getting
interrupted when I am seriously into something. Another
one of my weaknesses is that I trust people very easily. As I
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working on this lacuna.”

Possible Answer #2:

“I am impatient which is the reason why I am a quick


learner. But I honestly believe that being impatient is a real
weakness. I expect my team members to prove themselves
and start delivering on the very first assignment. In case a
particular resource fails, I have a tendency to stop
delegating work to them and pick up projects on my own. I
am working on this attitude and in my previous
organizations, my peers helped me cope up with this to a
great extent. To compensate for my own weakness, I prep
my people about my exact expectations. Then I give them a
complete scope of the assignment followed by various
“checkpoint” dates, where they can update me about their
progress, with a demo/presentation if applicable. In my
previous job as a Project Manager, I was handling a 15-
member team of both individual contributors and Business
Managers like Lawyers, Web Designers, Graphic Designers,
SEO/SEM Consultants, Editors, Writers and Callers. I used
to break the entire task down into manageable chunks for
each employee, followed by stringent timelines about when
they would circle back to me. This process worked
brilliantly, helped me stay within the assigned budget and
helped everyone achieve their individual targets, as they
learnt.”

Tip: In your HR interview questions and answers round, avoid


confusing answers such as this one. It might spark a war of words.
Instead of this, you need to highlight a skill-set which you feel has
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been doing to improve the same. The takeaway here is that your HR
round interviewer is not interested to know about your weakness.
Rather s/he is interested to see how well you handle the situation!

Possible Answer #3:

“I am a perfectionist and that is my main weakness, which I


also think is my strength.”

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You have not done your PG yet.


This is not a drawback, but don’t
you think you should get a PG
degree asap?
Other variations of this question are as follows:

Do you want to complete your Masters/Post Graduation in


near future?

Do you aspire to pursue higher studies?

Don’t fall into the interviewer’s trap. This question is shot at you to
check your confidence level. So, do not feel unarmed or look
surprised. Keep your calm and answer smartly with a strong and
indestructible logic.

Possible Answer #1:

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the real world. It’s not that I am a total novice. I have


undergone 3 internships, of which 2 are paid from reputed
organizations. This credential has helped me land an offer
from one of those firms. I sometimes wonder whether I
should have first completed my post-graduation. Had I done
so, I wouldn’t have been able to develop my complete
portfolio. And I am hoping that my track record will help me
get selected for this position in your esteemed organization.”

Possible Answer #2:

“Having a PG degree is important, but I don’t think it is


mandatory. Most job seekers out there have similar degrees.
In order to differentiate, a PG degree from a reputed
university along with the total experience can obviously help
me stand out. I am aware of this and as soon as I get a call
from any university about an executive program with
weekend classes, I will surely enroll for the same. As of now,
I have a lot of responsibilities back home, which is why I
don’t think it will be wise on my part to enroll myself into a
full-time PG program.”

You have changed jobs/jumped


ship too many times already, why
so?
This question is asked exclusively to experienced professionals who
have switched jobs more than two times in their entire career.

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Possible Answer #1:

“You may label me a ‘frequent career-changer’ but I


genuinely feel that today I am a far better employee. My
switches have helped me develop better interpersonal skills,
gain diverse skills and adapt to rapidly changing business
environments. I can solve problems more efficiently and
creatively, as I have learned to live with ambiguity and
uncertainty. My first job helped me develop patience. My
second job helped me master spreadsheets and numbers. My
third job helped me develop better people skills and also
adjust amidst culturally diverse and geographically
dispersed teams. All in all, I feel that my varied background
makes me an ideal candidate for this job role today.”

Possible Answer #2:

“I never expected to work with so many companies in these


few years. The companies that I worked for were small and
one of them was going through a really bad patch. But
honestly, my journey has been a rewarding one. I can now
confidently walk into a new situation and successfully figure
out ways to make a difference. This was truly meant to
happen and I wouldn’t exchange all the experience I’ve
gained from my switches, for anything! But I am seriously
looking forward to not having to do this, any more in the
near future. I want to make a stint that lasts for 5 to 10
years with a reputed organization, such as yours. This will
make my career a stable and a fruitful one in the long run.”

Read more answers here.


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What are your strong points? or


What are your strengths?
Don’t just talk about your strengths, your interviewer genuinely
wants to know about your strong points.

Possible Answer #1:

“I am passionate towards my work and also a good listener,


which means, I take my instructions seriously. I am not a
person who leaves things midway. I never lose focus, even if
I am under stress or have stringent deadlines to meet. I like
to finish every single task on my to-do list completely.
Optimism, energy and my ability to learn quickly let me hit
the ground and rapidly solve problems. I also have good
communication skills which means I can deal fairly well
with my business clients as well as with the members of my
internal team, in the future. Based on my skills, abilities,
and experience, I know I would be a great addition to the
team.”

Possible Answer #2:

“I have the requisite skills to make your risk worth it.


Chatting less and letting my work do the talking, is my
motto. In the past, whatever project was assigned to me was
delivered on time and also at par with all the quality
standards.”

Possible Answer #3:


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“I’ve been told that I’m a very good manager. My team tells
me that I give them a lot of freedom in how to do their work,
which they really appreciate. They also say that I’m really
enthusiastic, so when we’re faced with too much work, they
tell me that my manner really helps to keep them motivated
and calm. My boss also tells me that I’m very innovative in
terms of finding new ways of working that cut out
inefficiency.”

What is your greatest fear?


Remember that this is a stress test question.

Don’t simply talk about your weaknesses, your interviewer genuinely


wants you to talk about your loopholes! Try to resist the urge to give
him/her more points to reject you. Answer diplomatically.

Possible Answer #1:

“You might think that since I have never worked in my life,


and this is only my first job, my inexperience is my
weakness. But I beg to differ. I am a fast learner and very
open minded. I assure that I do not carry any pre-conceived
notions regarding how I feel I should perform my job.”

Possible Answer #2:

“I work too hard sometimes and care too much about my


work. I take my tasks back home and work even during the
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always points out that this is not right. Slowly and steadily I
am realizing that speed and working smartly are the key.
So, I have begun to reach out to my colleagues for ready-to-
use workarounds so that I can give more time to my family.”

If I call up your current or


previous reporting manager now,
what will be their opinion about
you? What will they say that you
need to work on?
Freshers with no internship experience can move on to the next
question to prepare for HR interview questions and answers.

Possible Answer #1:

“I used to get nervous while speaking in front of large


groups. You can say that I had stage-fear, and I believe that
I still do. This is partly because I am shy by nature. No
wonder that I have been always assigned Individual
Contributor roles. My current manager might cite this as
one of my weaknesses, and he has actually helped me to
overcome my shyness. Thanks to him, today I am an active
member of Toastmasters International and my journey with
them has been great so far! I am working to improve my
public speaking, and leadership skills and I am sure my
future employer will witness a blatant change in me.”

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“Interesting. During my last performance review, my boss


did not list any areas of improvement and gave me an
outstanding rating. However, if I were to think of one, I
would guess that I need to speak up more during meetings. I
always have good ideas and contribute my thoughts to my
current project. But I discuss these ideas with my boss and
let him do all the talking during meetings. I should work on
speaking up more during brainstorming sessions.”

Do you have any serious medical


issues?
Note: Please make sure that you talk about relevant health
conditions, wherever needed while having a discussion during your
HR interview questions and answers round. A “serious health
condition” generally includes pregnancy or any chronic disease such
as epilepsy and cancer.

If you do not have any of the above, do not give out too many details
about your illness. For example, if you are suffering from cold flu,
say so. Do not exaggerate the situation as it might create a negative
impression wherein your HR will start to anticipate your absence in
the near future. If you do so, you might bid goodbye to goodies such
as travel opportunities, promotions, hikes and even ripe leadership
positions.

It is permissible for your future employer to question you. Some


might ask you to get a complete medical check-up done and submit

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summarize the health condition in a few short sentences.

Possible Answer #1:

“I am partially color blind. Sometimes I face difficulty in


distinguishing between colors. For example, I cannot see
shades or tones of the same color. But for your information,
no adjustments would be required on your part to
accommodate this minor disability. As you can see from my
resume, it does not have any impact on my ability to get the
job done.”

Possible Answer #2:

“I do not have severe health issues, but I do have a migraine


issue. I have never disclosed my condition on a job interview
before or on a pre-employment health questionnaire, as I
was afraid that it might jeopardize my career. But I am
undergoing both acute (abortive) and preventive
(prophylactic) therapies and most of my colleagues know
about it. The situation is completely under control and I
have been almost cured.”

Possible Answer #3:

“I do not have any serious medical issues.”

Did you ever have a conflict with


your current/previous boss or
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“Recently I had a disagreement with one of my professors


about a question that was out of syllabus in one of the
semester exams. It was not a major one, but yes I will label
it a ‘conflict’. Most of my friends and peers did not attempt
this question due to ambiguity. When I brought the cause
into my professor’s notice in private, he remained cold and
unconcerned. So, I and my batchmates had a discussion
following which, we went to him together. At that point, our
professor agreed that the question was ambiguous, but he
refused to give us grace marks for the same. I felt
disappointed because he did not appreciate the fact that I
brought the situation earlier, into his notice in private.
Besides, he did not suggest an alternative paper or project
work, with which students could make up for the lost
marks.”

Possible Answer #2:

“I was managing the creation of our new company


presentation, flyers, standees, brochure, and emailers. My
team had to meet a very tight deadline because everything
had to be delivered on time. I was in charge of the
deliverables and had to manage all my team members
which included Marketing, Sales, Graphic Design, Events
and Product Management. My designer was very talented,
but he, unfortunately, missed a deadline. When I
approached him about the same, he started bad-mouthing
me. I was taken aback but explained my reasoning again.
Eventually, we decided to speak to our AVP about how
important and time-consuming this project was. The AVP
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another graphic designer. This took pressure off my team
and then we focused on our priority. Later my designer
apologized for the blow-up and his behavior. He also
thanked me for my help.”

What do your friends/co-workers


say about you?
Possible Answer #1:

“I recently completed my internship at Tata Steel Ltd., Tata


Center, Kolkata. My project lead told me that in the
beginning, I was a little lost, but by the end of the summer
internship program, she knew that she could count on me.”

Possible Answer #2:

“Since I like to build strong professional relationships with


my teammates, most of them have become great friends. We
have been spending eight hours a day, five days a week for
several years now. So, I am sure that whatever they say,
will be realistic and not made up. One thing that they will
surely mention about me is my love for food! The rest is up
to you to find out.”

What did you do in the last year


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to improve your knowledge?


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Possible Answer #1:

“In 2016, I was in the final year of college. During that time,
I did three things to improve my knowledge. 1. I got myself
enrolled in Aptech for the Sun Certified Java Programmer
course. I will appear my exam soon. 2. I have bought
magazine subscriptions such as Dataquest. These magazines
help me to stay well informed about new topics in the IT
world. 3. I completed my final year application project
based on Java. The topic was Centralized Remote Based
College Information Scheme.”

Possible Answer #2:

“Being an L3 or senior level Windows/Linux Administrator I


have mastered my virtualization experience on VMware,
KVM, Xen, Hyper-V etc. I made sure to understand storage
and networking better last year. I picked up PERL scripting
last month and plan to pick up Ruby and Python in the next
3 months. I am also a beginner level programmer as I learnt
C++. I mastered Chef on job and have deployed Amazon
AWS to understand cloud better. I also earned my Red Hat
Certified Engineer (RHCE) license and I am targeting RHCA
by the end of 2017.”

Note: Remember, certification is the key to land a job in an IT firm.


So, get certified asap in your core skills.

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Explain the difference between


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group and team. Are you a team


player?
Possible Answer #1:

“Yes I am. During my summer internship at Cadence, me


and my friends were working together. Ours was a mixed
group with varied skills and we produced results which
would have been impossible to produce individually. I had to
keep all my communication channels open at all times to
ensure that the project stayed on track. I was responsible for
my part of the code and also for the collective delivery of the
entire project. I worked closely with senior key team
members to keep my deliverables on track. In the end, I was
able to deliver on time and within budget.”

Possible Answer #2:

“Yes, I am. Though I am currently in an IC (individual


contributor) role, I like working with others as personally, I
am social and outgoing. I like to nurture and build team
spirit. At least once a month we go for team lunch or host
team parties and generally, I am in charge of the fiancés
from the pool fund. In case there is no budget left in some
month, I ensure a potluck lunch. Being a senior in the team,
I keep my eyes and ears open to understand the needs of all
the others, especially my juniors and freshers. We help each
other focus on what really matters, instead of getting
bogged down with irrelevant pressure. My strong
communication skills help me coordinate between different
team members and resolve further issues.”

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What is your ideal company or


workplace?
Possible Answer #1:

“My ideal workplace or company is a fair one that values


my contributions even as a fresher and encourages me to
speak up and share my ideas. It is a place where I can be
myself, while working towards a greater goal.”

Possible Answer #2:

“My ideal company is the one which can bring forth exciting
challenges. Such opportunities will bring out the best in me
as I can use my interests and experiences to grow. I like my
present workplace as it offers all this along with a clean and
professional work atmosphere, and more. But I am looking
forward to a company that is actively involved in social
welfare, and your organization does exactly that.”

Have you ever had to fire


anyone? How did you feel about
that?
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and above level interview candidates are asked this question.

Possible Answer:

“Yes, I have and believe me it feels horrible. But I know how


to keep emotions at bay, while I am at work. Firing comes at
the very end of road with me. When I set up a team, I do so
very carefully after considering the past feedback and
history of every single team member. But it is not always
possible to choose your team. Sometimes, you have to work
with a few rotten potatoes and it is essential to remove them
from the basket, to save the rest. I have a tendency to spot
poor performers within two to three months of them or me
joining a new team. Last time I spotted one, I consulted my
peers and other team members. Then, I had to set up a one-
on-one meeting with the person and gave him several
warnings, both written and verbal, over a 30-day period. I
helped him prepare a list of work and behavioral goals, that
I decided upon after consulting the rest of the team.
Eventually I had to fire that person because he showed zero
signs of improvement, drive and motivation. That firing was
for a cause and I had no other resort left in my rule book.”

What is the most difficult thing


that you’ve ever accomplished? or
What is the most difficult thing
you have ever done?
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Possible Answer #1:

“I have never been a great public speaker. The very thought


of facing a crowd used to make me nervous. When I started
college, my best friend advised me that I had to get over this
roadblock to shine through. So, last year, I took the bold step
of trying my hand at public speaking. I joined the Debate
Club in my college. Since then, I have participated in
multiple contests. Initially, I stammered, forgot my lines,
dropped the microphone once due to my sweaty palms and
even got booed at or scolded by the judges. Yet, I kept on
participating. Last month, for the very first time in a year, I
won the third prize. It was a great boost to my self-
confidence. I believe that it is my greatest feat so far, even
bigger than my AIEEE rank.”

Possible Answer #2:

“I have helped my father set up his business from scratch.


This is our family business and a startup as well. The initial
days were really very tough as I had to learn and apply
everything at once. Be it sales, marketing, leadership,
management, finance, finance, human resources etc. I
became a jack of all trades overnight. It was really difficult
to running and grow the business. Nothing was so difficult
or stressful as this one, midway I even slipped into
depression and anxiety. I even made up my mind to quit my
job and focus entirely on my father’s dream, but thankfully
the business took of due to our collective efforts and today, I
am free to focus on my career once again, and do what I
love the most. The accomplishment bit here is that I feel

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smoothly and my career is undisturbed.”

What is the difference between


hard work and smart work?
Possible Answer #1:

“Hard work is what every breadwinner does today,


including a rickshaw puller or a daily wager. Smart work is
what the educated masses like us are supposed to do, and
some of us are actually doing it, like my father. A well-
balanced combination of both hard work and smart work is
the secret formula to success. I have friends who study all
through the year and yet have 10 back papers to clear. They
do not have any interview calls in their kitty, and what do
you think is the reason behind this? It is their lack of
understanding about smart work. All year through, they
were only working hard, but not smartly. They did not
prioritize their goals properly. Again, there’s me, I do not
have any back papers and have a decent CGPA. I am also
attending this interview today. Whatever might be the
outcome, I feel I have prioritized my goals correctly and
have worked both hard and smart. That is the difference
between hard work and smart work.”

Possible Answer #2:

“Hard work is delivering work on time with more effort and


smart work is delivering work on time, with lesser effort. I

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corporate world, I feel a combination of both is needed to


attain excellence.”

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How do you feel about working


weekends and night shifts?
Possible Answer #1:

“I am a fresher and I hardly have any exposure of the


corporate world. Back in college, weekends were no
different from weekdays for us. The assignments, tasks and
projects had to be submitted within deadlines, and to do so,
we would study during the weekdays. As far as night shifts
are concerned, I would like to say that I am a nocturnal
person and I like to do my studies generally at night. I have
no issues working during weekends and at night, provided I
get enough compensatory offs to relax and wind down.”

Possible Answer #2:

“Sir, my body clock has got tuned into regular weekday


shifts from 9 to 6. I am not comfortable working nights and
weekends on a regular basis, unless there is some urgent
deliverable or a resource crunch in the team, I will surely
pitch in. But working odd shifts is not good for the mental
and physical health of employees and I hope you understand
the same. Yet, if the company needs my presence

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growth and success, I will definitely work for it.”

Where do you see yourself 3


years from now? or Where do you
see yourself in 5 years?
Possible Answer #1:

“My current goal is to find a career spot that ensures


continued growth alongside new challenges daily. 3 years
from now, I see myself as an experienced and reliable senior
in the team and 5 years from now, I assume that I will be
ready to take up managerial responsibilities like product
strategy. I want to have a stable career in a single
organization and hope I will get the same wherever I start.”

Possible Answer #2:

“I see myself working for a reputed organization, at a


strategic position with budgeting power, good
remuneration, and minimal interference.”

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Give an example of a time you


had to respond to an unhappy

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professor/ friend.
“Personally, I am not too fond of conflicts. I don’t like it
when people are mean, so I try to avoid conflicts and
tongue-lashing as far as possible. In case such a situation
arises, I let my seniors or professors handle it. I cannot
recollect the exact situation right now, but that’s what I have
done in the past.”

Possible Answer #2:

“In my previous job, a client was yelling on the phone. I


understand that his reaction was completely out of
frustration. So instead of taking it personally, I tried to calm
him done, and ensured that his concern was well heard.
How did I do it? Well, I listened to him carefully and
apologized once he finished. It ended up being a win-win
situation for everyone.”

How quickly do you adapt to new


technology?
Possible Answer #1:

“I can adapt quickly to new circumstances. Since I am clear


about my job role and I am mentally prepared to take up
challenges, I feel I have the capacity to learn fast and apply
my new knowledge. During my student life, I had to clear
new papers and projects in every semester and thoroughly

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technologies in my professional life as well.”


Possible Answer #2:

“Being a Bigdata Engineer working on game analytics


engine, which is in itself a completely new field, I have a
great track record of adapting to new technologies. I have
picked up and implemented restful cloud application which
can extract data from MongoDB or Aerospike and processes
this data in Spark. The application I built takes SQL query
inputs to process and generate output in a JSON, PSV, TDE
format Same is published on a tableau server and further
uploaded into the AWS S3 buckets. In order to build this API,
I mastered Java/Scala Drop wizard, Spark, MongoDB,
Aerospike, SQL, Tableau SDK, YAML, Maven, and SBT in
just 1 year.

Whatever may be the case, the core requirements of my job


role are constant. I AM a Hadoop/Spark Engineer. Yes, it
does take me some time to forge positive working
relationships with new colleagues, but when it comes to
technology, I am always the front runner.”

What software packages are you


familiar with?
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know a particular software package or a terminology, please do not

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mind while preparing for HR interview questions and answers).


Possible Answer #1:

“I am proficient in Operating Systems like Windows and


Linux. I am familiar with Microsoft Word, Excel and
PowerPoint from the Microsoft Office Suite. I am also
familiar with regular web Browsers, Photoshop and
AutoCAD.”

Possible Answer #2:

“Among the Operating Systems, I am proficient in Windows


NT, Windows XP, Windows ME, Mac 0SX, Windows 2000,
Mac OS 8.6, Solaris, Mac 0S9, UNIX, Linux, AIX, Sun OS,
OS/2, DOS, FreeBSD, Novell 4.0, Exchange 5.5, etc.

Among software solutions, I am proficient in Microsoft


Office Suite, IE, Outlook Express, Lotus 1-2-3, IBM Notes,
etc.

I also have good knowledge of Adobe Photoshop, Corel


Draw Pro, Adobe Illustrator, Studio, FileMaker Pro,
MySQL, SQL Server, SQL 6.5 & 7.0, Enterprise Manager,
EZ-SQL, Net Objects Fusion, Vignette, Broad Vision, etc.

The remaining have been listed in my resume. Please have a


look.”

On a scale of 1 to 10 how would


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out. The HR interviewer may ask you this question to gauge your
self-confidence.

Possible Answer #1:

“I rate my leadership skills an 8 out of 10. There is much to


learn, but I have always been a strong leader. I was the
head boy/girl during my school days and in the college, I
was a Senior Wing NCC Cadet. I have completed my C-
certificate and have earned lots of badges in several NCC
camps. I have led the Senior Boys/Girls contingent at the
Republic Day Camp in 2012 as well.”

Possible Answer #2:

“I am a good leader. That is the reason why today, I manage


a 5-member strong team independently in an MNC. While
assigning tasks, I consider people skills often. If a team
member is feeling demotivated, I try my level best to
understand them and accordingly control the situation.
Bearing my performance as a Manager over the past few
years, I would rate myself an 8.5/10, as there is still a lot of
scope to learn and grow.”

What makes you angry?


Possible Answer #1:

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“I get
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did not do. Lack of order and discipline also irritates me, but
4 years of hostel life have taught me to cope and adjust with
other people.”

Possible Answer #2:

“In a team, there are times when I and some of my peers


work hard to achieve a goal, while there are some people
who leave their modules incomplete or quit mid-way. At
such a juncture, this load also gets assigned to us, the
hardworking lot. I don’t mind helping my peers out, but
when an extra load of work gets assigned to me in the 11th
hour, I get irritated. Sometimes, when I know that I cannot
do justice to this new module, I politely refuse to take it up.”

Are you open to take risks? or Do


you like experimenting?
Possible Answer #1:

“It is always good to venture into new waters and new


technologies. I am a very adaptive person and my diligence
helps me pick up new stuff quickly. Experimenting or taking
risks can yield both good and bad results, but the exercise in
itself is a great learning experience. Such experiences
generate experts and I want to become an SME or a JAVA
subject matter expert someday.”

Possible Answer #2:


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“This is a good question and a complex one. My answer
would be both a No and a Yes. Personally, I like to
experiment with new things, but I keep all my past mistakes
in mind before taking a shot at a brand-new project. For
example, carpentry is my hobby and I love to build small
furniture pieces with my new toolkit, which was a gift from
my brother. But I will never venture into a complete home
renovation project with that little kit! What I mean to say is
that baby steps are fine, but I will not jump off a cliff at
once.”

What are your future goals? Tell


me about your short term and
long-term goals.
Possible Answer #1:

“My short-term goal is to join a reputed company, like


yours, where my job role would allow me to apply my
knowledge and key strengths. I want to get recognized for
my contribution to the company in the long-run.”

Possible Answer #2:

“I’ve picked up Marketing Automation basics during my first


job, which lasted for two years. Now I am prepared to take
up a bigger and more challenging project. I want to see
myself as a marketing analyst in the next two years, that

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myself as an end-to-end Digital Marketing Strategist or a


Manager in the long run.”

What motivates you?


Possible Answer #1:

“I love public speaking. Preparing a presentation and


talking about it in front of an audience, and then getting
back to them with answers in the question and answer
round, motivates me! The whole experience is so thrilling. As
a Sales Rep, I think building a connection with my audience
is useful, inspiring and exciting.”

Possible Answer #2:

“Meeting the set target within an assigned deadline


motivates me the most. When I do so, I get a sense of
accomplishment and fulfillment. When this is coupled with
an award, I feel all the more motivated. All in all, I like to
achieve milestones, so that I can look back at them and say
to myself, ‘Yes, that was my achievement.’ Visible results
also motivate me.”

What are your hobbies? or What


are you passionate about?
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Possible Answer #1:

“I am passionate about painting. I have been a painter all


along, ever since my childhood. Even today, I take advanced
art classes during the weekends. The whole exercise of
beautifying a blank canvas with colors relaxes me. It is my
way of unwinding.”

Possible Answer #2:

“I’m passionate about cooking. I love to stir up a new dish or


experiment with a new recipe every now and then. Every
weekend, my friends come over to my place to try out a new
dish. I maintain a journal where I jot down all my kitchen
quests. I might publish it as a guide for home cooks, but that
will have to wait until I develop and write down at least a
1000 final recipes.”

What are your biggest


achievements till date?
Possible Answer #1:

“Becoming the Champion with 4 first prizes at the 25th Zonal


Sports Meet is my biggest achievement till date.”

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in my career as an app developer. The one that rings a bell


is the latest version update on a core product of my current
organization for customer profiling and payments. We had
been slogging on this version update for 12 months at a
stretch and I was a core team member. My team made me
their team lead during the last 6 months and at that time,
we were working on the mobile components of the product.
To meet the deadline, I brought in 5 more resources, who
had expertise in certain technologies, which were crucial for
the pending modules. After the deployment of each of the
component, all of us cross-trained to support all the
platforms proficiently. In the end, we were able to deliver
the project within time and budget constraints. Our CEO
was highly impressed and all of us were also awarded at the
quarterly town hall in December. Would you like to take a
look at the Android version of our product?”

What are you most proud of?


Possible Answer #1:

“It is yet to come. The day I land my first job in a reputed


company such as yours, will be my proudest achievement.
That moment is still pending.”

Possible Answer #2:

“I am very proud of how I helped ABC company set up


successful sales funnel by satisfying 60,000 hyper-

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and 100% incentive payout for the same.”

What has been your greatest


failure?
Possible Answer #1:

“I could not secure a perfect 100/100 in my Math paper in


12th Standard, despite my hard work. That is my greatest
failure till date.”

Possible Answer #2:

“Last year, we wanted to improve sales by 50% but achieved


just 35% which was a huge letdown, even if there was a huge
boost to our ROI. The underlying issue was that I was on a
holiday and my entire team took this last big deal for
granted. They are all star performers, but I don’t know why
they took this sure shot deal so lightly. We had built a great
rapport with this client over a period of 3 months and the
deal had almost been wrapped up. That was a huge failure
in the recent past for me. Eventually, the deal slipped out of
our hands and impacted the overall sales percentage.”

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What do you always regret? or Do


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Possible Answer #1:

“I still regret turning down the position offered to me at XYZ


company last year. I have gained good experience in my
present organization. But it’s good that I turned it down,
otherwise, I wouldn’t have been promoted and become a
Manager. Neither I would have got the opportunity to
interview with your esteemed organization today!”

How do you respond to change?


Possible Answer #1:

“I am patient, persistent, practical, and always positive.


This helps me cope up with change smartly.”

Possible Answer #2:

“I try to stay focused on what I am and what I need. This


helps me respond to change effectively.”

Are you demanding as a boss?


Freshers may skip this question as it is not relevant to their set of
HR interview questions and answers.

Possible Answer #1:

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as a boss are never unreal. If the workload is
huge and timelines are not negotiable with my seniors, I do
become a demanding boss. Yet, as a manager, I always
ensure that I help my team members progress and grow on
their individual career paths. If they are having hiccups or
challenges along the way, I delegate work accordingly to
make their life easy, as well as ensure project delivery on
time.”

Are you an organized person?


Possible Answer #1:

“Yes, I am quite organized. I keep all my documents,


certificates and files labeled and sorted. The labels are such
that I can retrieve anything that I need instantly, in seconds.
I also have a very clean desktop in my computer.”

Possible Answer #2:

“Organization comes naturally to me. My desk, folders,


software files, clothes, kitchen and everything else is always
well arranged, sorted and neatly kept. Thanks to my spouse
and mom for instilling this skill as a habit in me.”

Can you describe your time


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“I make a to-do list with timelines and stick to this until any
further revision of schedule is announced. That’s how I
manage time.”

Possible Answer #2:

“I decide on the order of my task list and prioritize tasks


according to the instructions from my seniors. I try to
deliver urgent tasks first and then the remaining ones. In
case the urgency part is unclear, I prioritize complicated or
time taking projects over the simpler and smaller ones.
Throughout the process, I keep adapting and updating my
seniors to ensure that I am on track and my efforts are not
getting wasted.”

What’s your absenteeism record


like?
This is rarely asked to professionals during interview discussions
pertaining to HR interview questions and answers.

Possible Answer #1:

“At college, we had an 85% attendance adherence rule. I


followed this rule all along. If there are certain policies in
the company pertaining to an employee’s attendance, I will
surely abide by them.”

Possible Answer #2:


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“I value punctuality in my personal life. I am absent from
work, it is backed by either a prior notification or a valid
reason. I follow all company rules and HR policies
regarding attendance and leave. I do not encourage
habitual evasion of work among my team members as well.
Habitual absentees are warned by me and I also put the
work across to requisite authorities in case somebody is
overtly disobedient.”

Are you reliable? or Can I trust


you with responsibilities?
Possible Answer #1:

“Yes, I am a reliable person. I like helping my friends and


family, whenever I get a chance. Be it an emotional boost or
a financial aid, I am always around for them.”

Possible Answer #2:

“Yes, I am not only reliable but also a very dependable


person. If a task is assigned to me, it will be dutifully
handled and completed within the stipulated deadline.”

What are the three things that are


most important for you in a job?
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“Honesty, loyalty, and determination to achieve my team’s


target.”

Possible Answer #2:

“Professionalism, growth and a healthy work-life balance


are important.”

What was the toughest decision


you ever had to make?
Possible Answer #1:

“Choosing Engineering over Medical Science after 12th was


my toughest personal decision. But I think I have made the
right choice.”

Possible Answer #2:

“When I was asked to step in as a temporary team leader for


the first time, I still remember how I missed a couple of key
communications from the manager. This pushed our
deadlines back by 2 weeks. It was a great lesson and since
then, I always make it a point to focus on the big-picture,
instead of looking at smaller projects.”

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If you won a Rs.10-crore lottery,


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would you still work?


Possible Answer #1:

“Yes, I would still work, to build my career. As far as the


lottery money is concerned, I will buy a huge house for my
Mom and Dad.”

Possible Answer #2:

“The amount you quoted is not huge, considering the fact


that my spouse is a social worker! In order to sustain my
existence and my family’s welfare, I would still keep
working.”

Give me an example of your


creativity.
Possible Answer #1:

“I can’t exactly recollect. Since I am hoping to become a


software developer, I have to be creative at all times.
Writing code not only requires technical expertise and logic
but also creativity to a great extent. Only then the solutions
developed will be flexible and be accommodating.”

Possible Answer #2:

“Recently, the company that I work for, inaugurated a new


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outlet failed. In order to keep all the new customers
comfortable, I immediately cracked the idea of organizing a
sidewalk open-air sale! It was a life saver as the shop was
super-hot inside. This is an example of how resourceful and
creative I can be when the situation demands!”

What makes you happy?


Possible Answer #1:

“Success makes me happy. I also feel happy after


accomplishing my task or makes me happy achieving my
goals. Holidaying with my family also makes me happy!”

Possible Answer #2:

“Exercising energizes me and keeps me happy. I would say


that working out on a regular basis keeps me charged as it
keeps my mind and body healthy. I am not a work out freak
but I follow a healthy way of living. After channelizing my
extra energy in cardio, I feel charged at work and tend to
deliver better. Going on long rides or weekend trips on my
Royal Enfield cruiser bike, also makes me feel happy.”

How do you work under


pressure? Can you handle the
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Possible Answer #1:

“Working under pressure is what I have done a lot during


my college days. I have realized that I can actually work
well under pressure. It is the pressure factor that brings out
maximum efficiency in me.”

Possible Answer #2:

“I like to work under pressure. It brings out the best in me as


well as helps me grow. I learn faster and perform well when
I have a strict deadline, because I plan accordingly, work in
a more organized manner and also tend to finish my tasks
with more efficiency. In my current job role, deadlines and
‘pressure situations’ are common, and I have grown
immune to them.”

Are you willing to relocate or


travel?
Freshers, do not say ‘YES!’ at once. This will only show your
desperation to be a part of the company. Answer carefully like this.
(This is an important tip for your HR interview questions and
answers).

Possible Answer:

“I would definitely consider it. If the opportunity given to me


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have any issues with the relocation or traveling involved.”

You need to understand the purpose of this question. Answer


correctly, as explained above.

What do you know about us or


our company?
Possible Answer #1:

“I’m a Blivkart customer myself. The company was founded


by Som and Bandit Vashisht. They previously worked for
Umazin.com, and then quit their jobs to start their own firm
in India. Today it is one of the fastest growing companies in
India and is all set to create new records. It will be more
than a privilege to get through and join such a super
talented team.”

Possible Answer #2:

“Yours is one of the fastest growing and leading IT firms in


India. Both your mission statement and tag line, are catchy
and very attractive. Everyone I know, who is a part of this
organization, is very happy about working here. I think this
will be a great place for me to perform, show my talent and
get recognized as well.”

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How long do you think you will


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work for us after we hire you?


Possible Answer #1:

“I am fresher and nothing can be better for me than starting


my professional career in a reputed company like yours. If
everything goes well, I will be looking forward to a long
stint here, as long as the company needs me.”

Possible Answer #2:

“I believe in long hauls. I have been with 2 organizations in


the past, and my stints have lasted for 5+ years. Being an
experienced professional in the IT sector, I have done my
homework and believe this company will surely offer a best-
in-class working environment and a rewarding career. I
plan to stay for a long time here, or at least for as long as
my services will be valued and required.”

Are you applying for other jobs?


Do you have any other offer in
hand?
Do not get intimidated with this HR interview question and answer.
You can be open about the other offer or keep it private, depending
on how happy you are with it. HR recruiters generally ask this to
understand your demand in the market. They also want to know that
by the time they interview you and reach the offer stage, you would
have already accepted another one.

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“Yes Sir/Ma’am, I am negotiating verbally about an offer


with the HR of a startup company right now. But there is no
documentation to support the same. So, nothing is concrete
yet.”

Possible Answer #2:

“I and some of my batchmates received verbal offers from a


company, during our campus placements. I was supposed to
receive the official offer letter through an email
communication from the company within a week of my
selection, but it’s been over 6 months now. I have sent them
one follow up email, but the HR that I am writing to is still
silent. So, I don’t know clearly if I actually got the job. That
is the reason why I came for this interview.”

Possible Answer #3:

“No I don’t.”

Play safe with this answer while you face your HR interview
questions and answers round. If you have an offer letter already,
keep it a secret till the salary negotiation stage comes up. There, you
can negotiate your remunerations on the basis of your current drawn
package and also the offer letter that you have. You can negotiate
with all the three organizations at this stage (your current
organizations, the company that issued an offer letter and also the
company with which you interviewed) and finally select the best
possible option. In case this strategy conflicts with your personal
theories and beliefs, you can frame your answer, as shown below.

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Possible Answer #4:

“I’ve been talking to ABC company for the past 15 days, but
it is not final yet. I am interested in working with them, but
I’m still not sure. Is there something you know about
company ABC that you can share with me?”

Why do you want to work for us


or our company? or Why do you
want this job?
Possible Answer #1:

“I read an article in the newspaper a few months back. The


news piece revolved around your corporate community
service. I am not exactly a philanthropist, as I am not that
rich yet, but giving back is a big part of my personal
philosophy. When I read that article, I was moved. The true
excitement overtook me when I got this interview call. It will
be really nice if I get to work in an organization, which
follows the same philosophies as I personally do. Because
my technical skills will be recognized in other places as well,
but personal philosophies are equally important.”

Possible Answer #2:

“Teamwork is what I truly believe in. When I saw that there


was an opening in your organization, I made sure that my
application was put in. Being a team-player, I believe
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success in the long run. And my skills as an engineer and a
team member will give me a 360-degree work satisfaction
for me”

Read more answers here.

Do you know anyone who works


for us?
The purpose of this HR interview question and it’s answer is tricky
and most of the interviewees these days fail to give an appropriate
answer. Your interviewer wants to find out if you have relatives,
friends or acquaintances working for the organization. From a
psychological point of view, they want to know if you already have a
mentor within the organization. So it is recommended that you
frame a positive answer while facing your round of HR interview
questions and answers.

Possible Answer #1:

“I’m good friends with the daughter of Mr. XYZ, who is a


part of this organization. My friend is not your employee,
but thinks very highly of this organization and has been
constantly encouraging me to apply. That is the reason why
I am here today, as the more I learned about this company,
the more I wanted to become a part of it.”

Possible Answer #2:

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“I am
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Department, but our friendship was not the primary factor
for me to apply here. Besides, I know how to separate my
professional life from my personal life. This company has a
strong reputation in the market and I have always looked
up to your brand. I truly believe that I can use my skills and
expertise to help my team and the organization grows.”

Why should we hire you? or Why


should I hire you?
Most freshers might treat this as a challenging question. Remember
that it’s not some sort of a blow to your ego, but a stress test which
you can pass smoothly with a powerful answer. Below given is your
perfect answer, which you can use in your discussion pertaining to
HR interview questions and answers.

Possible Answer #1:

“Sir/Ma’am, I have all the requisite qualifications and skills.


I can do the work that the profile requires me to do. Besides,
I have the capacity to deliver exceptional results. I can blend
into mixed cultures and will fit in beautifully, which will
make me a great addition to the team. For a fresher, I have
the right amount of exposure into this industry, as I have
completed my internship with XYZ company only recently.
Hiring me will be a great value-add to your workforce as
the organization will keep on gaining, with me around.”

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To do so, you need to stay prepared with a summary of the best
reasons why they should select you. If you feel you are the winning
candidate, you should prove that you are more than qualified. Here’s
your best answer.

Possible Answer #2:

“Sir/mam, I have great communication skills, desired


experience and the requisite skill set for this job role. If I get
a chance to showcase my abilities, I will leave no stone
unturned with my commitment to hard work and
dedication.”

This is your chance to repeat your strengths and describe your best-
selling points while discussing HR interview questions and answers.
Tweak them to align your answer to the position’s top requirements.
Your answer should be ready in a few bullet points with the optimal
combination of your industry experience, your domain expertise,
your technical skills and your key accomplishments. Articulate
smartly for a sure shot impact.

Possible Answer #3:

“Sir/Ma’am, I am confident about the fact that my strong


technical experience and outstanding knowledge of SKILL1,
SKILL2, and SKILL3 make me a strong contender for this
position. I have been in this field for X years. I have got
several to pick up skills, for example in my previous
organization, I have completed an internal certification on
SAP and supply chain management process. I have
successfully executed projects right from inception to
delivery. I must add that today I am sitting here because I

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This might be excellent for my future and for the growth of
this esteemed organization as well.”

Some other variations of this question that are generally asked, are
as follows. Your answer remains the same for the below questions as
well (amongst all other HR interview questions and answers), as
discussed above. But remember to keep it short and precise.

What makes you the best candidate for this position?

Why do you think you can fit well into the position?

What can you bring to the position and to the organization

Read more answers here.

What are your salary


expectations?
Possible Answer #1:

“My salary expectations are in line with the current industry


standards, according to my experience and qualifications.”

Possible Answer #2:

“Thank you, Ma’am/Sir, once my responsibilities are clear I


can state an exact figure. Right now, I would like to know
what my potential Manager expects from this job position,
in your organization. After this discussion, maybe we can
both meet a conclusion about my future remuneration.”
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Possible Answer #3:

“Sir/Ma’am, I am sure your company is already paying a


specific package to someone in a similar position. Hence, I
would like to know your budget, if you do not mind.
Accordingly, I can put forth my expectations.”

Read more answers here.

If you are interested to know your exact in-hand salary, use this free
Take Home Salary Calculator here.

You can also read all about your salary and its various components
from this blog post.

Wondering if you should negotiate salary? Read how to negotiate


salary.

Your interview is more or less


coming to an end when the
interviewer asks you, “Do you
have any questions for me?”
Never say “no” as this is perhaps the worst response ever given by
any interview candidate! Remember that interviews are not
integrations but are business conversations where both the parties
should ask and respond to questions. Coming back to the situation,
the best answer for a fresher is as follows:

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“Yes, I do!”

This is probably your very first chance during the interview, to ask a
question. Questioning will indicate that as a fresher, you came well-
prepared for the interview and you are still absorbed in the
conversation. It will also show that you do take interest in the
organization. Make a general list of five questions about the
company and ask them to your interviewer, after all other HR
interview questions and answers are over.

Possible Answer #2:

“How has your journey been so far in this organization?


What excites you the most about working here? How long
does it ideally take a person to prove their caliber here?
Where is the organization headed in the next years? What
are the next steps of this interview?”

In case you already know everything about your potential employer,


you can ask the interviewer a direct question like:

Possible Answer #3:

“Can you tell me something about yourself?”

Everyone likes to talk about themselves, so this is a safe question


amongst all other HR interview questions and answers. In the end,
try to throw in an enthusiastic conversation ender like:

Possible Answer #4:

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There are a number of possible questions that you can ask the
interviewer. Read them here.

Lastly, wait for the interviewer to utter “Thank You” or any other
concluding line. Now it’s your turn to get up, put your hand out for a
handshake and then step out of the interview room. Remember to
carry out your bag, folder, and other belongings.

We hope that this compilation of some of the most frequently asked


HR interview questions and answers will help you ace in your next
HR interview round. Wish you all the best! Once you are done with
your interview, don’t forget to share your interview experience with
us. We would love to know how it went. All the best!

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