Interview Tips for HR Interview
Interview Tips to Prepare for the HR Interview Round
HR interview is usually before operational or technical interview and after screening tests such as written tests and group discussions. In an HR Interview the objective is to test the willingness and the ability of the prospective employees to work within the company environment and not their technical or operational knowledge as such. A candidate must clear the HR round before being selected for technical round of interview. Following tips can help you prepare for the HR round of interview.
You should thoroughly research the organization as well as the job you are applying for. You should be aware of the company size, its major products and projects, what the job that you are applying for requires etc. For this you should visit the company's web site and study the major products, careers, job requirements etc. Also, if possible, find out who'll be taking the interview. Some times the HR and operation / technical interviews are rolled in one. If that is the case make sure you have prepared for technical interview as well.
- Prepare Answers
Based on your research and using internet create a list of questions that are likely to be asked in the interview. You can find multiple such lists of expected interview questions on the internet. It's best not to rely on a single source but select questions from multiple sources when creating your list. Once the list is complete prepare answers for the questions in the list. Whenever possible customize the answers to highlight your strengths and divert from your weaknesses. This will give you an idea of what questions can be asked in the interview and how you should answer them.
- Prepare Questions
The interviewer would expect you to ask questions about the company and the job. Create a list of questions that you can ask the interviewer. Try to pick questions that will not only show your interest for the company but will also reflect your knowledge of the company. When you say you don't have any questions about the company or the job, it shows your lack of interest, therefore be prepared and have some questions prepared in advance.
- Strengths and Weaknesses
You are almost certain to be asked about your strengths and weaknesses. When asked about your strengths you should point out the skill or characteristics that you think will help you perform the job better. These may include your knowledge of a particular skill, your initiative to ability to work in a team etc. As for weakness, mention something that you have already mended or that would not affect your work performance. Always be positive and optimistic. Never lie or misrepresent information but don't volunteer information that may harm your chances of getting the job.
Rehearsal is an important, perhaps most important part of preparation for personal interview. Ask a friend or senior to act as the interviewer and perform mock interviews. Do this repeatedly and preferably with different persons acting as interviewer. The feedback from such rehearsals will identify your critical weak points as well as boost your confidence.
Plan in advance things like what cloth you are going to wear, when you'll leave the house for interview, what root you'll take, what documents you'll take with you etc. You should have your clothes ironed and ready, your documents, resume and other accessories such as notepad packed and arranged for easy access. Thorough planning will help prevent any last minute crisis and help you arrive for interview relaxed and on time.
HR interview is an important part of the job selection process. It focuses on your personality and traits such as your ability to work in company environment, communication and leadership skills etc. These are less affected by preparation then your technical skills. Still, the above mentioned interview tips, if you will follow them, will significantly improve your chances of success in the HR interview.