How To Answer HR Questions
Searching for a job can be a full time job in itself. Networking, scouring
wanted ads and filling out applications can sometimes seem
like more effort than it's worth. But don't give up -- you never know when
you'll get a call from the human resources department of a wonderful company
asking to schedule a face-to-face interview.
When that call does come, you can delight in the idea that you are only one
step away from your dream job. So shine your shoes and start giving some
thought to the best way to answer the interviewer's questions! Here are a few
- Be honest. You are giving the interviewer
his/her very first impression of you; be sure that you present yourself as
- Display a positive attitude. Everyone
prefers to work with upbeat people; no matter what questions you are
asked, remain optimistic and enthusiastic.
- Be sure to highlight your skills and abilities at
every opportunity. If you have previously worked in the same job
field, emphasize your advancements and achievements.
- If you've got applicable education, be sure to
point it out. Also, if you have attended seminars or other job
related training sessions, mention what you feel you have gained from
- Give credit to others when appropriate.
Mention that your last employer was a great motivator or was so bright and
funny that he/she made the work environment comfortable and productive.
Speaking well of others reflects well on you, too.
- Never point out the shortcomings of others
-- ex bosses or coworkers, in particular. The interviewer will rightly
assume that you'll be doing the same thing to his/her company in time.
- If you have limited job experience, spotlight
other events in your life that have given you skills that would apply to
this position. For instance, volunteering in the past may have
taught you good people and time management skills.
- Be open and friendly, but not too chatty!
- Ask questions, too. Let the interviewer
know that you are interested in the growth of the company and your
possible contribution. Make him/her aware that you've done your homework
about the company's history (You have, haven't you?!) and that you hope to
play a part in its continued growth.
- There are some topics to avoid, if possible.
Try to keep the focus of the interview on what you can offer the company,
and not on any limitations that you may have. If your children's daycare
situation means that you'll need to leave the office promptly at 5:00
every day, this is not the time to approach the subject!
This article is written by Ethan Young.
The article source is Answering Human Resource (HR) Job Interview Questions.