HR manager interview questions and answers

  1. 1.      If you are hired what is the starting salary you would expect?

This question must be handled carefully. You must not mention a very high salary and at the same time not the contrary as well. You must consider your living conditions, the job profile, the salary the interviewer might have in mind and state your expectation.

  1. 2.      What problems did you have at your previous job?

You must take good care to answer this question. You should answer in a way that will make them feel that this job would solve the problems that you have with your present job. You could say that the previous job was likely to put you in a comfort zone, which will surely give a good impression about your caliber.

  1. 3.      What are the strategies that you employed for maintenance?

This question is more complicated than it seems. Simply state the methodologies that were applied, be it a lean methodology, six sigma, etc.

  1. 4.      Do you prefer to work in groups or do you prefer working alone?

You must answer this question based on the job you are being interviewed for. If it is a team-based work it will absurd to answer to say that you prefer working alone. So answer the question based on the job nature.

  1. 5.      What do you find motivates you the most?

This question does not have a distinct answer. Just answer the question honestly. Keep in mind that the answer to the question will influence your work experience.

  1. 6.      What are your long range goals?

Do not over emphasize your interest for the company such as “I will give my best for the improvement of the company, I do not worry about my personal development etc…etc…” It will just become evident that you are reciting. So sound natural and give a sensible answer.

  1. 7.      What is the most difficult thing about being a manager?

You could say Planning and Execution or you could say motivating employees and getting work done. This is supposed to be an easy question, just answer sensibly and you could easily get through the question.

  1. 8.      What do you look for when you hire people?

You could say you look for skills, attitude and intelligence. People, who could, work comfortably and effectively in an organization and who would be able to move up in the organization.

  1. 9.      What is your management style?

You should consider your management style and also should know enough to determine the style of the company so that you could decide if your style would complement the company. You could say you are task-focused or interaction-focused are something in those lines. This will decide how you are going to work in the firm if you are hired, so try and be close to the realty when answering.

  1. 10.  You might be over-qualified, what do you think?

You must not say that you are trying to help out the firm or something of that sort. Say that your talent will have more chances to be recognized and appreciated. That could have an impression on the interviewer.

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