HR interview may be considered as a combination of traditional and behavioral interviews. The purpose of this interview is to learn about interests, strengths, weaknesses and to check certain skills like communication, team work, work under pressure, selling abilities, conflict management etc.
Traditional questions deal with direct answers which are based on interests, strengths and experiences.
Behavioral questions are based on past experiences and are used to predict future performance. The answers of these questions should demonstrate the required skills withe your past experiences.
To answer the questions in HR interview, you should identify the skills an employer is most interested in. Then you should take time to select examples of situations you have demonstrated them.
Examples can be drawn from your academic coursework, internships, volunteer work, and student activities.
Sample questions asked in HR Interview
- Tell me about yourself.
- Why did you change electronics engineering as your field of study?
- What are your greatest weaknesses?
- What are you weaknesses?
- Why should I hire you?
- What are your short-term and long-term goals?
- Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?
- Describe the most significant leadership role you’ve held. What was your greatest challenge?
- Tell me about a time when you worked under deadline pressure.
- Describe a situation when you needed to sacrifice your personal objectives for the team’s benefit.
- Tell me a situation when you had taken an initiative.
Some questions are asked in almost every interview. You should practice so much that you can answer them even while sleeping.
How to answer?
One way to structure your answer is by using the mnemonic ‘SARA’: Situation, Action, Result, Application.
Situation: The situations you faced.
Action: The action you took.
Result: The result you got.
Application: The lessons you learnt which will help in the position.
Suppose you are asked- Tell me about a time when you worked under deadline pressure.
A typical answer would be-
While I was in serving as the president of cultural club, our club had to organize a street play. The dates of the event were postponed a week due to some reason. We were asked to prepare in next 3 days or cancel the performance.
We cancelled the auditions which would take more time and selected some students voluntarily for the event. We had to work overnight to complete the script and by morning practice was started.
Finally our event was better than expected.
What we learnt from the situation was somewhat pressure is really good and it actually compels us to work harder and with more dedication.