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Sample Human Resources Interview Questions

  • What do you think the employee’s responsibilities are to the company?
  • How do you/would you deal with an unhappy or frustrated employee?
  • How can a supervisor establish effective communication with staff?
  • What are the steps involved in handling an irate worker?
  • As human resources professional, it will seem that some days, everyone has a problem to be solved or a question that needs to be answered. Let’s say that your appointment calendar is completely full and someone comes to you with something that needs “immediate” attention. How do you handle this situation?
  • An important part of a personnel or human resources professional’s job, is to help employees in understanding policies, benefits, and so forth, and sometimes act on their behalf. What skills do you possess that will help you do this?
  • Let’s suppose that as the human resources manager, you have an employee approach you about making a withdraw from a company sponsored savings program, after the deadline for the program has passed. What do you do?
  • What motivates employees?
  • What can a supervisor do to enhance an employee’s job and the employee’s motivation?
  • How would you handle an employee’s affirmative action complaint?
  • Why do you want to pursue a career in human resources and what steps have you taken to ensure that it's the right career for you?
  • How would you do a TNA (training needs analysis)?
  • How would you ensure that your human resources objectives are tied to the overall business objectives of the organization?
  • How would you go about training new employees?
  • Aside from formal training, what other means may be used for developing employees?
  • What factors would you use in evaluating a trainee?
  • What is the impact on the organization of inadequate employee training?
  • Tell me what strategies you would employ if managing a work area with staff from a range of different cultural backgrounds.
  • How would you prepare for a meeting with an employee that required your discussing corrective action with the employee?
  • What would you do if an employee you supervised disagreed with you about a work issue and suggested an alternate way the issue might be addressed?
  • What are four questions that you are not permitted to ask of an interviewee in an employment interview?
  • What process would you use in setting a salary for a new position in your company?
  • What is the process you would put into place/follow of seeking a new employee?
  • Provide an example of why a HR practitioner should be culturally sensitive and why.
  • Tell me about your exposure to/ experience with various HR functions.
  • How would you communicate to employees a policy that you were not in support of?
  • What is your past experience with hiring employees?
  • Give me an example of a time you had to sell an idea.
  • What experience do you have, and how confident are you with public speaking?
  • In this position you may frequently need to work with a colleague via the telephone to solve a paperwork issue, will this be problem for you?



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