Behavioral Human Resource Interview Questions
Human resource management is also known as people management since HR professionals are responsible for employee related issues such as recruitment, training, compensation, administration, motivation, employee wellness and benefits etc. Thus, while recruiting, employers make sure they have the right candidate who can perform all these duties efficiently.
Behavioral interviewing for human resource professionals has become an essential tool to select good candidates. You can expect the following questions to be a part of the interview.
- Tell about a decision taken by you that was strongly opposed by the other employees. How was the situation tackled?
- Have you had to make any changes to the HR policies of the company? If so, why?
- Take us through an example where you had to build a good professional relationship with a difficult person.
- Tell me about the time when you had to motivate an entire team to perform better.
- Describe how you influenced a team's productivity.
- Walk us through a situation when your proactive steps worked to the company's benefits.
- What are the challenges that you face during a recruitment process? Give us some specific examples.
- While recruiting, what measures do you take to generate interest in a passive candidate?
- Do you follow a particular procedure while you plan a recruitment drive? What are they?
- Have you ever had to take disciplinary actions against an employee? In what way did you communicate and what was the result?
- Walk us through an incident when you had to take extra efforts to reach your goals.
- How do you help an employee if he/ she have problems meeting his/ her deadlines?
- Tell us about the time when you had to make some compromises to get a job done. What was the outcome? Did you feel disappointed having to compromise or did you feel content with the overall result?
- Give us examples of how you divide your attention efficiently among equally crucial tasks.
- Speak about an incidence where you had to maintain your composure despite an unjust situation.
- Tell us about the time when you got caught up with an important project and, other responsibilities were to be handled. How did you delegate those responsibilities?
- Talk to us about a decision made by you that helped in continual improvement of the work conditions.
- How would you demonstrate your vision? Give an example of how your far-sighted ness helped the company.
- Tell us about the time you carefully developed and executed training sessions.
- Have you ever had to use your authority to get a job done? What was the issue and how did your involvement help in reaching at a solution?
- It is implied that an HR professional must address every situation in a calm and contained manner. Have you had to experience a situation where stress was very difficult to avoid? How did you deal with the situations?
You can also expect role plays during behavioral interviewing, where the interviewer poses as an employee and you as human resource manager have to resolve his/ her problem. Role plays will help the interviewers evaluate your exact skills. Be assured that during a role play you will have to employ your best communication skills, logical thinking ability and ability to understand the root problem and to provide a solution for the same.