25 Tricky Questions in a HR Job Interview

1/14/2011 2 Comments

25 most difficult questions you'll be asked on a job interview

1. Can you please tell us about yourself.
Answer : This is more often then not the opening question of any interview. You should remember that this is more of a warm-up question. It is always advisable to keep it short. Please keep in mind that you don't take more than a minute or two to answer. Its better to start with your education, then work history, and finally your recent career experience, laying more emphasis on the last subject.

2. Tell us in brief what you know about our organization?
Answer : It is always recommended that you do your homework about the company in the internet or from other sources. If you are able to discuss products or services, revenues, management style, people, history and philosophy, you have already scored some points. But ensure that you don't explain everything about the organization, rather keep it short and precise.Your answer should convince them that you have taken the time to do some research and eager to learn more about them. A typical answer would be "When I was searching for jobs, I went through the profile of a number of companies and I found yours which is really impressive Try to answer in a positive tone about their organization.

3. What are the reasons for which you want to work for our organization?
here and throughout the interview, a good answer comes from having done your homework so that you can speak in terms of the company's needs. You might say that your research has shown that the company is doing things you would like to be involved with, and that it's doing them in ways that greatly interest you. For example, if the organization is known for strong management, your answer should mention that fact and show that you would like to be a part of that team. If the company places a great deal of emphasis on research and development, emphasize the fact that you want to create new things and that you know this is a place in which such activity is encouraged. If the organization stresses financial controls, your answer should mention a reverence for numbers. 

If you feel that you have to concoct an answer to this question - if, for example, the company stresses research, and you feel that you should mention it even though it really doesn't interest you- then you probably should not be taking that interview, because you probably shouldn't be considering a job with that organization. 

4. What can you do for us that someone else can't?
Here you have every right, and perhaps an obligation, to toot your own horn and be a bit egotistical. Talk about your record of getting things done, and mention specifics from your resume or list of career accomplishments. Say that your skills and interests, combined with this history of getting results, make you valuable. Mention your ability to set priorities, identify problems, and use your experience and energy to solve them. 

5. What do you find most attractive about this position? What seems least attractive about it?
List three or four attractive factors of the job, and mention a single, minor, unattractive item.

6. Why should we hire you?
Create your answer by thinking in terms of your ability, your experience, and your energy. (See question 4.)

7. What do you look for in a job?
Keep your answer oriented to opportunities at this organization. Talk about your desire to perform and be recognized for your contributions. Make your answer oriented toward opportunity rather than personal security.

8. Please give me your defintion of [the position for which you are being interviewed].
Keep your answer brief and taskoriented. Think in in terms of responsibilities and accountability. Make sure that you really do understand what the position involves before you attempt an answer. If you are not certain. ask the interviewer; he or she may answer the question for you.

9. What do you think of your last manager you worked with?
Answer : This question is intended to find your relationship with superiors in general and your feedback about them. Try to be as positive as you can even if you had friction with your manager. A potential manager should not feel that at some point in the future you might talk about him in a negative way. 

10. How long would you stay with our organization if you get selected?
Answer : Every HR manager wants that an employee will work with them for a good duration or forever. You can say that that you are very much interested in a career with the company, but at the same time you need to tell that you would to get good work and feel challenged to remain with any organization for a long term. "As long as we both feel achievement-oriented.", or a "Win-Win" situation for both will help in sticking with the same company for a long time.

11. We have gone through resume, and we found that you may be over-qualified or too experienced for this position. What is your thought on this?
Answer : This is one of the questions which you need to answer carefully. Try to lay stress on the point that you have interest in establishing a long-term association with the company and people. Try to emphasize that your good performance in his job will lead to opening up of new avenues and opportunities. Tell them the importance of a strong staff and how vital it is to the organization. Suggest to them that since you are so over qualified for the position, the employer will get a fast return on his investment and that you are coming at a premium.

12. What is your management style?

You should know enough about the company's style to know that your management style will complement it. Possible styles include: task oriented (I'll enjoy problem-solving identifying what's wrong, choosing a solution and implementing it"), results-oriented ("Every management decision I make is determined by how it will affect the bottom line"), or even paternalistic ("I'm committed to taking care of my subordinates and pointing them in the right direction").
A participative style is currently quite popular: an open-door method of managing in which you get things done by motivating people and delegating responsibility.
As you consider this question, think about whether your style will let you work hatppily and effectively within the organization. 

13. Are you a good manager? Can you give me some examples? Do you feel that you have top managerial potential?
Keep your answer achievement and ask-oriented. Rely on examples from your career to buttress your argument. Stress your experience and your energy.

14. What do you look for when You hire people?
Think in terms of skills. initiative, and the adaptability to be able to work comfortably and effectively with others. Mention that you like to hire people who appear capable of moving up in the organization.

15. Have you ever had to fire people? What were the reasons, and how did you handle the situation?
Admit that the situation was not easy, but say that it worked out well, both for the company and, you think, for the individual. Show that, like anyone else, you don't enjoy unpleasant tasks but that you can resolve them efficiently and -in the case of firing someone- humanely.

16. What do you think is the most difficult thing about being a manager or executive?
Mention planning, execution, and cost-control. The most difficult task is to motivate and manage employess to get something planned and completed on time and within the budget.

17. What important trends do you see in our industry?
Be prepared with two or three trends that illustrate how well you understand your industry. You might consider technological challenges or opportunities, economic conditions, or even regulatory demands as you collect your thoughts about the direction in which your business is heading.

18. Why are you leaving (did you leave) your present (last) job?
Be brief, to the point, and as honest as you can without hurting yourself. Refer back to the planning phase of your job search. where you considered this topic as you set your reference statements. If you were laid off in an across-the-board cutback, say so; otherwise, indicate that the move was your decision, the result of your action. Do not mention personality conflicts.

The interviewer may spend some time probing you on this issue, particularly if it is clear that you were terminated. The "We agreed to disagree" approach may be useful. Remember hat your references are likely to be checked, so don't concoct a story for an interview.

19. How do you feel about leaving all your benefits to find a new job?
Mention that you are concerned, naturally, but not panicked. You are willing to accept some risk to find the right job for yourself. Don't suggest that security might interest you more than getting the job done successfully.

20. In your current (last) position, what features do (did) you like the most? The least?
Be careful and be positive. Describe more features that you liked than disliked. Don't cite personality problems. If you make your last job sound terrible, an interviewer may wonder why you remained there until now.

21. Looking back at your professional career, what do you feel how successful do you you've been so far?
Answer : Say that, all-in-all, you're happy with the way your career has progressed so far. Given the normal ups and downs of life, you feel that you've done quite well and have no complaints.

Present a positive and confident picture of yourself, but don't overstate your case. An answer like, "Everything's wonderful! I can't think of a time when things were going better! I'm overjoyed!" is likely to make an interviewer wonder whether you're trying to fool him . . . or yourself. The most convincing confidence is usually quiet confidence
22. Why aren't you earning more at your age?
Say that this is one reason that you are conducting this job search. Don't be defensive.

24. Tell us in brief about your long term goals?
Answer :
Refer back to the planning phase of your job search. Don't answer, "I want the job you've advertised." Relate your goals to the company you are interviewing: 'in a firm like yours, I would like to..."

25. What do you think how long would it take for you to make a meaningful contribution in our organization?
Answer : Try to give a realistic answer. You can being by saying that you would be meeting the project demands from the very first day onward, however for a signification contribution, it might take six months to a year because during this time you could expect to know the organization, its policies, its vision and goals in a much better way and what is expected out of you.

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  1. These questions are tricky. Although they do sound simple, you can become confused because you'll be required to analyze your answers.

  2. Thanks for the question and answers. helped a lot



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