HR Interview

The interview is an opportunity for both, the interviewer and the candidate to market themselves. The employer is selling the organization to you, and you are marketing your skills, knowledge, and personality to the employer. Remember that interviews are varied and so they cannot therefore be easily categorized. Following are some human resource interview tips:

Be prepared

Preparation increases confidence. Practice with you classmates and friends. Go through the common HR interview Questions and prepare answers for them. But remember, your answers should be original, infact when you are preparing for campus interviews make sure that your classmates do not give the same answers as yours!. Ask your seniors about their experience in the HR round. You may prepare by reviewing magazine and newspaper articles. You may check out their web site. Read your resume before your interview. It will keep your answers fresh.

Be Punctual

Find out the location of organization a day before. If possible get the company's phone number from their website and call them up for the exact location. Arrive at the interview location at least 15 minutes before your interview. Arriving early will give you the opportunity to read some information on the company in the reception area as well as get some hint about the position from other candidates.

Be professional

Professional look always helps for good impression. Be careful about your dressing. Be aware of the company culture and ensure you dress to impress. Decide a day before what you are going to wear for the interview to avoid making the wrong choices. Have a clean shave and try to have a neat and clean appearance. These things matter a lot to HRs, expecially if the company is a service based company as they have frequent client visits.

Be polite

Try to always have a smiling and confdent face. Do not look arrogant or careless. Don't interrupt the interviewer. Listen very carefully. Poor listening skills are responsible for the bad impression. If the interview is being conducted in a restaurant, mind your table manners. If the interviewers are serious and soft-spoken, then you should be same as interviewer. Avoid laughing loudly during the interview.

Be positive

Keep in mind that there is only one chance to make a first impression. Every company wants employees who are goal-oriented, career-driven, enthusiastic and motivated. Be the employee as they want. End the interview on a positive note. The hiring official needs to know that you are interested, enthusiastic and excited about the position and the company. Try to read about the company and ask questions like about their latest aquisitions or their different projects etc., this would make them feel that you have already some research about the company and you are interested in the company.

Be practical

If you are experienced then the interviewer already knows your current salary and benefits package. When the topic of salary comes up state that you know they will make a fair offer. If you are offered the position during the interviewing process and you want the job then accept it. If the offer is not acceptable for any reason, ask for time to consider the offer. If you have any issues related to the package offered, mention it to the HR, they would definitely try to revise it if you are a deserving candidate.

Human resource interview tips - Do's

  1. Have a firm handshake.
  2. Be sincere and direct.
  3. Introduce yourself in a courteous manner.
  4. Read company materials while you wait.
  5. You have to prepare for questions and listen carefully to the interviewer.
  6. Ask about the next step in the process.
  7. Thank the interviewer.
  8. Learn about the Human Resources Analyst Program and understand the different facets of human resources.
  9. You never know what the interviewer will ask you about, so be prepared to talk about anything you have included on your resume. You should be truthful about your experiences and skills.

Human resource interview tips - Don'ts

  1. Don't show depression or discouragement.
  2. Don't start the topics like salary, benefits or working hours.
  3. Don't look at your watch.
  4. Don't take extensive notes.
  5. Don't be too serious.

Follow up

Try to be in touch with the HR through mails and phone. Wait for 2 dys at least before asking them again about the status. Remember: The comapny is much more eager to hire you than you are to join it. They have a requirement which they need to fill and if they find you suitable, they will definitely get back to you as early as possible so that you can initiate the separation process at your current company.

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