L Selvan
I am preparing for HR Executive/Managerial position. I have experience as a recruiter, involved in training and development, induction,C&B but not as a core generalist HR. Currently pursuing MBA HR from ICFAI. Can all of you help me with frequently asked questions during such interviews. It would be of great help.

From United Kingdom

hello to everyone
i m ruth, i need some guidance about hr related issues, as i m preparing for hr manager post. Actually i m not aware of how the questions will be raised against interviewee, so i need your help, if anyone has answer to my question plz mail me to .
thanks & regards

From India, Kochi

hello every one!!!
find the details below for the responsibilities of HR executive and the FAQ in interivews...

The word ‘Industrial Relation Executive’ [IRE] is used in this Session as a functional
description. Actual designation may be different commensurate with the cadre of
the staff or for certain other reasons.

IRE shall clarify with the Industrial Relations Department of the Region re: any
ambiguity about applicability of any particular law or rule or procedure.

1. Ensuring timely initiation and proper compliance of statutory requirements
under various labour laws.
2. Recruiting of workmen as per the selection procedure specified [such as site
requirement as confirmed by MANAGEMENT, background clearance, skills test & confirmation]
3. Ensuring disbursement of statutory minimum wages, and review of skill grades
and wage rates if warranted.
4. Obtaining/generating and maintaining the requisite statutory records relating to
attendance, overtime and earnings of all workmen at the site.
5. Ensuring that overtime work and its payment are in accordance with the
statutory requirements
6. Arranging, maintaining and rendering medical first aid to workmen of the site,
as and when need arises.
7. Arranging hygienic up-keep of labour camp(s), site canteen(s), sanitary facilities
and crèche/rest rooms at all times.
8. Displaying the specified statutory notices in accordance with labour laws and
updating them, as and when required
9. Implementing all rules, procedures, directives etc. applicable under various
statutes including those prescribed by the Management.
10. Installing and operating the internal systems of the company in relation to
attendance recording, overtime work, wages records, statutory deductions and
any other specified matters.
11. Reporting the labour strength, attendance, PF Coverage, IR & WC cases, Black
listed workmen, overtime details, cost information of labour wages and related
expenses to MANAGEMENT and to the IR Dept periodically.

12. Liaisoning with labour department, job related government officials, the
workmen, sub-contractors and special agencies to maintain good industrial
relations and to ensure full statutory compliances

Basic are differ from company nature but common basics are below,

3.Define job Description of Employees
4.Job Annalysis of Employees
5.Leave Management
6.Employees Loans and Advances
7.ESI & PF and other govt related Employees welfare
8.Performance Appraisal
9.Employees Transfer, Promotions and terminations.
10.HRIS to MD

Interviews are designed to test our knowledge, skill sets and attitude. While your career is at stake in an interview, preparing for an interview can often save you from a heart-burn at the interview table. Here's a list of the 7 most asked interview questions and sample answers to help you create a smashing impression in the interview.
  1. So, tell us about yourself?

    Undoubtedly the most frequently asked interview question. It's a question that most interviewees expect and the one they have the most difficulty answering. Your answer should be in alignment with your career objective which means that you shouldn't respond with comments about your hobbies, spouse, or extra curricular activities

    1. Start with a brief introduction. Talk about skills that are key to the position applied for.
    Sample - During my 2 years' of experience as sales executive, I have mastered the ability to prospect, generate business leads, and motivate my team members to reach targets.

    2. Provide a summary of your recent work history. Keep your response limited to your current experience. Don't go back more than 2 years.
    Sample -Most recently, at The XYZ Corporation, I was challenged with turning around a stagnant territory that ranked last in sales. I developed an aggressive sales campaign that focused on winning new accounts and nurturing the existing client base. Within six months my sales team and I were able to increase sales by 40%.

    3. Tie your response to the needs of the organization. Demonstrate how your experience and skills are transferable to the open position.
    Sample - I have learnt about the challenges your I.T department is facing and my background in developing software for leading companies will add value.

    4. Ask an engaging question. By asking a question you gain control of the interview. Doing so will alleviate the stress you may feel to perform.

    Sample: What strategies are currently underway to reduce the employee turnover and improve morale?
  2. What's your greatest strength & weakness?

    Highlighting strengths & accomplishments
    Use specific examples to highlight your accomplishments. Explicit numbers, results and outcomes. Generic words are meaningless unless backed by data. For example, instead of using the word "significant," use a number or percentage. Strengths that you can highlight:



    Inquisitive/Curious research?

    Long term approach

    The one question candidates love to avoid is, "What is your greatest weakness?"

    Do not give superficial answers like "I'm a workaholic" or "I'm a perfectionist." These are boring and predictable answers and interviewers are used to hearing. They can even comeback and say, "That doesn't sound like a weakness. Now why don't you tell me about a real weakness?" So state a true weakness that doesn't have a major impact on your ability to do the job

    Sample: If you are applying for a non -managerial role
    "In the past, I've had some trouble sharing responsibilities with others. I felt I could do things better and faster myself. This sometimes backfired because I'd end up with more than I could handle and the quality of my work would suffer. But I plan to take courses in time management and effective delegation"

    "I am weak in accounts and had a tough time when I was asked to work on a project with the Finance team. I have enrolled in an online program on basic Finance to overcome this."
  3. Question 3 - Why did you leave your last job?
    If you left your last job under less-than-ideal circumstances, you probably dread the "Why did you leave?" question that almost always comes up at job interviews. Here's how to handle it.

    Never lie. If you were fired, don't say you quit. A background check will reveal this lie easily. Don't say anything negative about your former boss, coworkers or company. Any negativity, frustration or anger will only reflect negatively on you.

    Sample - If you were fired for not adhering to a company policy.
    "I was asked to leave for violating a company policy that I feel wasn't communicated to me clearly. I should have taken the responsibility to read all of the company policies and ask questions about those I didn't fully understand. That will be the first thing I do in my next job."
    Any employer would love to hear stories about how employees take responsibility for their actions and learn from their mistakes. Make sure they understand that what happened to cause you to leave your last job was the exception, not the rule. Provide references or letters of recommendation to verify that your job performance is above par.
  4. How would you……? (Problem solving question)

    The interviewer isn't looking for a "right" or "wrong" answer. They are more interested in understanding your thought process. Show your ability to think logically and demonstrate problem-solving capabilities by:

    1. Ask questions to confirm exactly what the interviewer is looking for.

    2. Explain how you would collect the information and data required to develop a solution.

    3. Tell how you'd use the information you gathered to develop and analyze alternative courses of action.

    4. Share your solution or recommendation, explaining how you feel it's the best option based on the info you were given
  5. Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?
    The aim of this question is to test your foresightedness and also gauge if you plan for the future.

    Stick to professional goals and aspirations while answering this question. The interviewer does not want to hear about your dream vacation that you plan to take in five years or the industry that would like to be in. Talk about company related objectives. This is an opportunity for you to show that you want to succeed in the company and are keen to create a career path there.

    Sample Answer: As your company has a strong performance based culture, in five years time, I see myself playing a key role in the company's marketing initiatives in the role of a Brand manager.
  6. Why should we hire you?

    Being specific and highlighting your strengths versus the competition is the key here. Stay away from generalities like 'I am the best' or I am very hard working and dedicated" etc.

    Talk in quantifiable terms that will make you stand out and pinpoint the qualities you have that are truly valuable to the company. Give real examples that show them you are best-suited for the job.
    Sample Answer: In the past, I have implemented projects on attrition management helping bring down the employee turnover rates by 4%. I believe this experience of mine and knowledge will add value as employee retention is amongst your company's top priorities.
  7. Why do you want to make a career in ... (Sales, I.T, HR etc)?
    The interviewer wants to learn what you know about the chosen career. Knowledge about the domain and the job shows the interviewer you are interested and demonstrates initiative on your part.

    Sample Answer: I have always been a people's person and counseling is a skill that comes naturally to me. Being armed with a Master's degree in H.R, I believe a job as an H.R executive will give me an opportunity to put my natural skill sets and education to practice.
hope you got the info

From India, Madurai

This is swati i have done my B-tech in IT and presently pursuing PGDM-HR from mumbai.
can anyone help me by giveing the answer of this question
Why HR?
why HR after doing B-Tech in IT?
How ur B-Tech in IT can help an organization in present?

From India, Calcutta

hi every one
For the HR executive interview questions i have already given the 7 most important questions and the answers for the same..apart from this you have to know very well about your present experience and the reason for leaving your job.
Be confident..if you dont know about the anything tell the same ...dont bluff also tell that you will learn it quickly..but be sure that your are not telling it for many questions...if you need any clarifications do let me know
All the very best...

From India, Madurai

i think you ll find the answer below for you doubt...
Why do you want to make a career in ... (Sales, I.T, HR etc)?
The interviewer wants to learn what you know about the chosen career. Knowledge about the domain and the job shows the interviewer you are interested and demonstrates initiative on your part.
Sample Answer: I have always been a people's person and counseling is a skill that comes naturally to me. Being armed with a Master's degree in H.R, I believe a job as an H.R executive will give me an opportunity to put my natural skill sets and education to practice.

From India, Madurai

Hi every body

We can find this info by using search box in the top of website

or use term: keywords site:abc.com at Google.com. Google is everything.
Apart from that, you also ref more information at: Interview questions books

Best regards

From Vietnam, Hanoi
Hi Shereen,
I am a new member at cite hr and I was going through your knowledgeable post.. I wanted a little help for Job Switch over questions...
I mean how do you answer questions like "why do you want to shift to hr after working in marketing for 5 years?"

From India, Gurgaon

I'm a B.Com Graduate and currently pursuing my MBA(HR) from SCDL i have 3+yrs of total work exp out of which 2.5 has been in IT Recruitments and Say 9 months as a Councellor.
Currently i'm in 1st Sem of my MBA and im looking for a shift in IT Company as i am working with a consultanc now. I would like to know how do i proceed ahead. I want to know m i eligible for HR exec. role in an IT Firm? Since m just a graduate with 3 yrs of exp alongwith the degree, which is relevant is it considered?
I want to know which all IT Company can i apply to.
Some one with any suggestions about my future guidelines is most welcomed!

From India, Pune

I used to read this topic at human resources box of about.com.

You can use Google to search them.
We also find them more same at: Mock interview questions


From Vietnam, Hanoi
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