HR interview

Usually, in every company, every new candidate goes through a process of evaluation with the HR department. This process is referred to as an HR interview and requires different questions to be answered, different tasks to be completed and different questionnaires to be filled all with the purpose of finding the best candidate for the given position.

Depending on the position, different tasks ask for different responsibilities, skillsets, and personality traits. Psychologists and other scientists have worked on different IQ tests and personality questionnaires that are very handy and usually fairly easy to administer but show a large enough correlation with the future performance of the employee so they are proven to be a valuable asset to the company.

This test will focus less on the IQ and personality test and more on the questions that appear in structured as much as in semi-structured and unstructured interviews.

  • Tell me a little about yourself

The most used question in any HR interview. Most of the time this question is asked first in an interview so besides the given answer the experienced interviewer can make conclusions about some underlying information: how shy or confident the candidate is, how open the candidate is about sharing information, both necessary and unnecessary if he gets too personal in sharing the information, which can be useful also. This question creates the general image of the candidate which is shaped with the questions that come after.

  • Why are you interested in working for our company? / Why did you leave your old company?

These and questions similar to these give an insight into the candidate’s motivation for working in your company and issues he came across in the older workplaces, if he had any. Most importantly, these kinds of questions can give an insight if the candidate’s values and the values of your company are aligning.

  • Can you name one flaw that you have?

This question appears fairly often on HR interviews and can give a lot of valuable information to the interviewer. It is not strange nor rare that candidates use these questions to paint themselves in a brighter image and give answers such as: “I’m a perfectionist”, “I have a tendency to work too hard” and “I can’t say no when someone asks for my help”. These answers are easy to see through and usually have the negative effect, the exact opposite of what the candidate intended. If the answer to this question is honest it shows that the candidate can be objective of himself and open to work on improvement of his flaws.

To sum up, the best way to prepare for an HR interview is to be genuine and honest. Even HR professionals can select the wrong candidate, but it shows quickly if the values of the company and the employee are very different, if the employee has the wrong motivation for working, not only will he be uncomfortable and leave quickly but the colleagues and the company will recognize that.

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