I have cleared all the technical and managerial rounds of Interview. I have got a good and a really positive response from my interviewers. They were looking quite satisfied and happy with my answers. I think I made it. What’s the need for an HR round now? Is it just for a formality? Hold ON !!
HR round of Interview is also equally important. Business has given you their green flag which shows technically you fit the requirement. HR would be analyzing you on behavioral aspect. The softer aspect considering their company, your cultural fitment in the company, your motivation factors towards the job, your stability with the company along with the ROI, your attitude and your background, both from education and from previous profession point of view.
You must ensure that you are quite prepared for this round of interview so that it doesn’t cost you your prospective job offer. Below are few of the points you must keep in mind while going for this round
- What makes you interested in this Job?
You must be clear in your head on why you want to get into this job. Your interviewer would be interested in knowing what value addition you can do to the job. Ensure you are answering this question highlighting your skills and expertise which is relevant to the job offer there
2. What motivates you at Work?
An answer to this question will let your interviewer know your key driving factors and priorities at your work. Is it money that drives you at work, or is it competition or recognition or challenges that drive you at work. So, answer tactfully.
3. Why do you want to leave your current Job?
Be tactful while answering to this question. Don’t ever badmouth your current employer. HR wants to understand your reason of change like if you want to change your job because of better prospects or there is a conflict or any restructuring going on etc. Your answer should be constructive enough. And should now way communicate any negatives about your current employer.
4. If you are hiring for this position, what are the things you would be looking in the candidate?
This is a question, where you are required to think from the other side of the table as you need to identify the key highlights which are required to do that specific job, may it be being a team player or an Individual contributor or having an excellent presentation skills or excellent negotiation skills or an excellent PR. You must understand that the question is not about you but it is about that specific role requirement. The answer should be according to that. It would be your plus point if your skills are matching with the specification you are hiring for.
5. What makes your day the best day?
By asking this question, HR wants to understand your driving forces, what makes you satisfied and how much is it related to your work or having an impact on your work. Do you count meeting your commitments, overachieving your targets before deadlines or an appreciation from your boss or hanging out with your friends or create a small app just for fun?
6. What is the one thing that you think is right but others might think wrong?
Being a seasoned professional, you are aware of your ways of working. For example, you might believe in training people by your own before letting them hit the floor while other managers might believe in hiring already trained resources. Or maybe if an employee commits a mistake and results in revenue loss, you might believe in giving a second or third chance to him while other managers might feel firing him right away is the solution.
7. You have been working with the same company since long. Any specific reason for it?
HR needs to understand the reason what held you with the company for so long. Is it the learning and growth opportunity or it is a lack of ambition in you. You need to frame your answer according to that highlighting what all value additions you made and what important assignments you handled in the company.
8. You seem to have many job switches. Why so?
Too many job hopping gives a negative impression of the candidate making him unstable and unreliable. If you have too many switches, you must ensure you have a justified answer to it.
9. What your boss would tell us about you if he were present here?
You must highlight your strong point here like “My boss would say, he is the most reliable resource I have in my team”.
10. Was your work ever criticized? How did you handle it?
The agenda of asking this question is to understand if you ever had to face criticism on your work. If yes, how did you handle it? If you faced it, mention a bit of it and then start talking about how you handled it.
11. How do you describe your work style?
You can say your style of work is performance oriented or target oriented and you enjoy doing your work.
12. Do you consider yourself successful?
HR wants to understand your measures of success. When do you feel successful, is it meeting a short term or long term goal, or excelling in your performance, or increasing your efficiency etc. Think before answering this question
13. What is your philosophy of work?
HR wants to understand your philosophy. Is it the quality that matters to you or meeting the deadline of the projects or the delivering more than the numbers committed?
14. What has disappointed you about a job?
HR ask this question to understand what puts you off at work. You must answer it tactfully without mentioning any negatives about your job or role. E.g. lack of more responsibility or challenge disappointed me as I was keen to get more.
15. What role do you intend to play in a team?
HR wants to analyze your flexibility on the task being assigned to you. You can answer her like “ I can play a role of a leader a subordinate, a colleague, a communicator a presenter etc.There are many more questions which can be an add-on to it. I will be covering it in next article.
Meanwhile, there are few more “Don’t Say” tips for you here
- Don’t use “I am not sure”. Thinking on it.
- Never say “I want your job someday”. This gives a negative reflection.
- Don’t discuss your personal plans like you want to buy a house once you get this job or something like that.