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Dear Seniors,

This is Babu. I have 4.6yrs of experience as HR - Generalist in IT field. Recently i attended an interview and the first question that the interviewer shooted was " Why should we recruit you? How are you different from others? "

My areas of expertise are :

1. Recruitment : SAP all modules, Dot net, Java, DBA, System and Network Administrator, Testing and HR. I take care of end to end recruitment which involves from Junior to senior level people. Recruting the right candidate based on the requirement, salary and notice period negotiation, initial reference check and follow up till the candidate joins.

2. Post recruitement : Joining formalities, Offer letter, appointment letter, NDA, taking care of attendence register, Employee record maintainance, Employee Master, Reference check, Welcome circular, Introduction, Induction, Employee code, ID card issue, Stationary, Bank account opening, Task sheets, Policy making, Preparing holiday list for the year, documentation, Labour records, Leave and permission records, Task sheets, Performance Appraisals, Issuing salary revision letters, Probation and confirmation letter issue, Warning letters to non-perrformers, Payroll, Payslip, Exit formalities, Full and final settlements and Employee retension.

3. Employee Welfare : Solving issues that employee has with respect to HR and admin activities, Birthday / wedding day celebrations, Celebrating festivals, Planning for annual day functions, team lunch and team outing, motivational mails, presentations to employees

4. Acheivement : Was an active Team member in the Mass Recruitment Drive conducted by our company at Hyderabad on May 07 for SAP.
Was responsible to coordinate with the developers and share my ideas in developing HR Application site for the employees - Here they can view all policies, apply leave and permissions, can view their payslips, can view their leave and permission status, can view their leave balances, can provide their feedback to us, employee polling is allowed on various topics, employee can lodge their complaints and at last all important announcements will be done here and an notification will be sent to their official email id.
Won several Prizes in dance competitions. Stood as College president for 2yrs in UG and for 1yr in PG

5. Employee recognition : Announcing and issuing certificates for Best employee and Pier recognition awards, Conducting a survey and issuing the same to show how are these people different from others. Employee referral schemes. Health check-up of employees once in a year.

Please help me out what should i highlight in order to impress the interviewer. Thanks in advance.


From India, Madras
Dear Babu,

I can quote the six areas of readiness, which I read in a book titled "Recruitment Techniques":

"(1) Know yourself: Your background, skills, accomplishments and goals;

(2) Know what you need: Your interest, your values, your career goals and your salary requirements;

(3) Know how to look the part: You must work on your self-presentation so that only the best shines through;

(4) Know the company: Search through web site. If you go into an interview without having learned about the company with which you are talking, you are likely to leave the interview with a read face and no offer;

(5) Know the interviewing game: Winning sports teams take care to explore their opponent's strategies before each game. The interview process can be explored in the same way;

(6) Know how to answer and ask nthe right questions: If you are not prepared well, a lot of stumbling, stammering, faltering may happen and certainly, regret."

Coming back to the question your interviewer raised,the answer is there itself (how are you different from others?). You might have felt it as a killer question if you did not have any idea about the job profile of the position for which you were appearing for interview. So, taking care of point no.4 before attending any interview is very much imperative to be successful. There should be a comparison of Person Profile (your profile) and the Job Profile (Job Description of the position applied for) before you attend any interview. Highlight your achievements in the current organization by explaining your job profile. Tell firmly and confidently that you can add value to the organization by using your past experience in all the areas. Last but not the least, Preparation is the Key for success. Don't wait until you land up an interview to begin preparing for it.

All the best,


From India, Jaipur
Dear Babu
You have to express your Values and positive points for this question. Even you can explain about your qualification, experience, attitude and passion on work.
With warm regards
S. Bhaskar

From India, Kumbakonam
Dear Bhaskar,
I did list the entire garment of HR functions that am involved into. Lets assume that you have the same profile that i do have and if interviewer shoots this question to you then what would be your answer.
- Babu

From India, Madras
Dear babu,
I guess profiles of 2 candidates could be similar but, their interest & competancy level may differ as both are different individuals.
Hence, you may focus more on the mapping companies requireemnt with your skills, strengths & area of interest.

From India, Vadodara
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