HR Interview Basic Questions and Answers Asked Frequently-Today Job Updates

Have you ever gone through an Interview? Have you ever gone through a basic interview question and answers? In case if you have not gone through it, you will be facing it soon. There are 5 rounds in an interview, one among them is the HR Round where you will be facing one or many interviewers. They will be asking you interview questions. Here are some tough interview questions and answers which will help you during your interview. Here you could also find how to face an interview for freshers.

50 Most Common Interview Question and Answers asked in HR ROUND

1. Tell me about yourself in brief: It is one of the frequently asked questions in Hr Round

 I am XYZ, a Computer graduate from ABC. I like to apply y analytical skills to produce world-class products in the XYZ domain. When I was not working I volunteer to NGO’s as an opportunity to serve people. I travel a lot and I am an active member of  ABC Travel club. I am one of the top graduates of my batch in college.

2. Describe who you are (or) Tell me about your backgroundIt is also one of the frequently asked questions in Hr Round

In an HR round, there is a chance of facing this question among all other HR interview questions and answers asked to you. Individuals generally treat this question as one of the easiest questions. Well, it’s not! Never underestimate the possibility of scoring better points with a crisp answer. Answer it like…“I am a B. Tech in Computer Science/B. Com in Economics. I also have an MBA and I have completed a certification course in Digital Marketing from ABC Academy. “I have scored an A in Professional and Technical Written Communication in English, in my first semester. Here’s my mark sheet.

3. What would you consider your greatest strengths and weakness? : It is also one of the frequently asked questions in Hr Round

The first and foremost thing is I am very patient and My strength is my ability to convert negative work environment into a positive and at the same time, developing a supportive team. I am also capable of keeping many projects on track and ensuring deadlines are met. Coming to my weakness is concerned I get impatient sometimes in order to get everything done very quickly. I am a bit nervous about speaking in a group.

4. What Experience do you have in this field: It is also one of the frequently asked questions in Hr Round. Mention all your experiences in the particular field you choose.

Example: I have created several systems that are still in used to this day. Some of the systems I’m proud to include [mention those remarkable ones]

5. You have not done your PG yet. Why don’t you think it is a drawback?It is also one of the frequently asked questions for the students who haven’t done their Post Graduation. Answer it

Having a PG degree is important, but I don’t think it is mandatory. As soon as I graduated, I felt the urge to start working in the real world. I have undergone internships, of which 2 are paid from reputed organizations. I sometimes wonder whether I should have first completed my post-graduation. Had I done so, I wouldn’t have been able to develop my complete portfolio. And I am hoping that my track record will help me get selected for this position in your esteemed organization.

5. Do you have any serious medical issues: If you do not have any of the above, do not give out too many details about your illness. Try to answer it in the following manner.

“I do not have severe health issues, but I do have a migraine issue. I have never disclosed my condition on a job interview before or on a pre-employment health questionnaire, as I was afraid that it might jeopardize my career. But I am undergoing preventive therapies and most of my colleagues know about it. The situation is completely under control and I have been almost cured.”

6. What do your Friends and Co-workers say about you?

I like to build strong professional relationships with my teammates, most of them have become great friends. We have been spending eight hours a day, five days a week for several years now. So, I am sure that whatever they say, will be realistic and not made up. One thing that they will surely mention about me is my love for food! The rest is up to you to find out.

7. Do you consider yourself successful?

I feel successful with my continuous progress. I also feel successful when I meet my short term as well as the long-term goals. I try to achieve the set goals and work hard as much as I can, I try to reach those goals and achieve the desired outcome. I want to recognize myself as someone with a progressive attitude who does his best and gives 100% to attain goals. To me, success is not just my personal achievements but also by the efforts of the people around me.

8. What motivates you?

Primarily, my ability to work hard motivates me. But recognition of my efforts gives me the encouragement for my next efforts. Responsibility towards work motivates me the most and my aim within any company is to move up to greater levels of responsibility to achieve each goal with better responsibilities.

9. Why should we hire you?

The subjects I chose while working for my degree in XYZ subject have prepared me for this particular post. Also, my two-year experience working with company X has given me the platform to master the skills that I needed to deliver for this position. So, it seems as if I was prepared all my life to land this job.

10. What is your ideal workplace/Company?

“Well, my ideal company is the one which can bring forth exciting challenges and opportunities that will bring out the best in me. I can grow my interests and experiences. I like my current workplace as it offers all this along with a clean and professional work atmosphere, and more. But I am looking forward to a workplace that is actively involved in social welfare, and your esteemed organization does exactly that.”

11. According to you tell us the difference between smart work and hard work :

Hard work is what every breadwinner does today, including a rickshaw puller or a daily wager. Smart work is what the educated masses are supposed to do, and some of us are actually doing it. According to me, Hard work is delivering work on time with more effort and smart work is delivering work on time, with lesser effort. I feel that is the basic difference. Most of the times, in the corporate world, I feel a combination of both is needed to attain excellence.

12. How do you feel about working weekends and night shifts?

As I am a fresher and I hardly have any exposure to the corporate world. Back in college, weekends were no different from weekdays for us. The assignments, tasks, and projects had to be submitted within deadlines, and to do so, we would study during the weekdays. As far as night shifts are concerned, I would like to say that I am a nocturnal person and I like to do my studies generally at night. I have no issues working during weekends and at night, provided I get enough compensatory offs to relax. 

13. Give an example of a time you had to respond to an unhappy manager/customer/ colleague/ professor/friend

To be frank I am not fond of personal conflicts. I try to avoid conflicts and tongue-lashing as far as possible. In case such a situation arises, I let my seniors or professors handle it. I don’t know whether I could  recollect the exact situation right now, but that’s what I have done in the past.”

14. Why did you leave your previous job? : It is one of the frequently asked questions in Hr Round

 I left my previous job because I feel I want to do more, to get hold of a greater opportunity to serve.

15. What have you learned from mistakes on the job?

I learned that without proper coordination, even the simplest task could cause problems in a project. I had this problem during my first job. From that time on, I made sure every I thing follows every detail and coordination.

16. Are you a team player?

Definitely. While I will deny the fact that I can work independently with minimal supervision, That is why many leaders choose me. Whatever task is assigned to me, I make sure it meets and exceeds what is expected of me. I also make it a point to reach out to teammates whenever needed.

17. What will you do if you don’t get this position?

I have high hopes that I will be hired. In case it turns the other way around, I would have to move on and search for another job. I don’t get discouraged or I won’t lose my confidence.
18. What software packages are you familiar with?
Among the Operating Systems, I am proficient in Windows NT, Windows XP, Windows ME, Mac 0SX, Windows 2000, Mac OS 8.6, Solaris, Mac 0S9, UNIX, Linux, AIX, Sun OS, OS/2, DOS, FreeBSD, Novell 4.0, Exchange 5.5, etc. The remaining have been listed in my resume. Please have a look.

19. On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate yourself as a leader?

 I manage a 5-member strong team independently in an MNC. That is why I am a good leader. While assigning tasks, I consider people skills often. Bearing my performance as a Manager over the past few years, I would rate myself an 8.5/10, as there is still a lot of scopes to learn and grow.

20. What is your greatest fear?

You might think that since I have never worked in my life, and this is only my first job, my inexperience is my weakness. But I beg to differ. I am a fast learner and very open-minded. 

21. What are you passionate about? or What are your hobbies?

I’m passionate about cooking. I love to stir up a new dish  Every weekend, my friends come over to my place to try out a new dish. I maintain a journal where I jot down all my kitchen quests. I might publish it as a guide for home cooks, but that will have to wait until I develop and write down at least a 1000 recipes.

22. What have you done to improve your knowledge in the last year?

I have attended several self-improvements, time management, and personality development seminars. I have also participated in training workshops related to the industries.
23. How you would be an asset to this company?
My skills at ABC are outstanding. I have earned a lot of awards and certifications from my past employers. As an employee, I handle pressure with ease and can work with minimal supervision.
24. How long would you expect to work for us in case you are hired?
As much as possible I would like to be in this company for a long time. For as long as management sees me as an asset, I am willing to stay.
25. Describe your ability to work under pressure.
I understand the nature of this position that I am applying for quite well, along with the pressure that comes with it. Being under pressure doesn’t discourage me, it motivates me more.

Also, check 10 best ways to overcome fear in Interviews for freshers .
26. Tell me about a problem you had with a supervisor.
I don’t have any problem with anyone. but one day I was really tired where my supervisor was on fire by seeing me.
27. How do you respond to changes?
Since I am patient, persistent, practical, and always positive. This helps me cope up with change smartly and I try to stay focused on what I am and what I need. This helps me respond to change effectively.
28. Are you an organized person?
Yes, I am organized, organization comes naturally to me. My desk, folders, software files, clothes, kitchen and everything else is always well arranged, sorted and neatly kept.
29. Are you Demanding as a boss?
My demands as a boss are never unreal. If the workload is huge and timelines are not negotiable with my seniors, I do become a demanding boss. Yet, as a manager, I always ensure that I help my team members progress and grow on their individual career paths. 
30. Are you Reliable?
Yes, I am not only reliable but also a very dependable person. If a task is assigned to me, it will be dutifully handled and completed within the stipulated deadline. I like helping my friends and family, whenever I get a chance.
31. What has disappointed you about a job?
I once felt that I was not being given enough challenges to work on. I was a bit disappointed because I was so eager to go for more.
32. If you were hiring a person for this job, what would you look for?
I would look into two essential things: the ability to do the job right and the proper attitude to do it. Skills without the right attitude will not contribute to productive output.
33. What role do you tend to play in a team?
I tend to be versatile when it comes to being a team player. I can act as a leader, an assistant, a communicator, a secretary, whatever role that will ensure the success of the team. That’s because understanding the different roles will allow each player to take on the role of the other in times of need.
34. What was the most difficult decision for you made?
It was a time when I had to choose between joining a group of employees protesting some issues in the company, and staying away from the issue. I ended up being a mediator between the employees and our immediate supervisor, and I was glad I made that decision because it all ended well and without further conflicts in the workplace.
35. Are you willing to make sacrifices for this company?
I would be willing to do that to the best of my ability. I can manage personal matters on my own without causing conflicts when management needs me most. However, I will not comprise on my values.
36. If you won a 10 crore lottery would you still work?
The amount you quoted is not huge, considering the fact that my spouse is a social worker, In order to sustain my existence and my family’s welfare, I would still keep working. I would still work, to build my career. As far as the lottery money is concerned, I will buy a huge house for my Mom and Dad.
37. What makes you happy
Success makes me happy. I also feel happy after accomplishing my task or makes me happy achieving my goals. Holidaying with my family also makes me happy.
38. Are you willing to relocate or travel?
I would definitely consider it. If the opportunity given to me is appropriate, rewarding and feasible, I don’t think I will have any issues with the relocation or traveling involved.
39. Have you ever worked in a job that you hated?

Not exactly hated. I once had a job that does not exactly match my qualification. Nevertheless, I was glad I took the job because it was an opportunity to learn something new and added to my list of experience.

40. Would you rather work for money or job satisfaction?

Job satisfaction is more important to me. Working just for the money may not be fulfilling if I don’t like the job in the first place. Job satisfaction makes me stay productive; money would naturally come along well.
41. Describe your work ethics.
Always give your best in every job, if not, don’t do it at all.
42. What was your biggest challenge with your previous boss?
My previous boss was very strict when it came to deadlines and output. It was a challenge for me to meet every expectation he made. It was also a good learning experience for me because it only made me better at what I do.
43. Do you enjoy working as part of a team?
Yes, I enjoy it very much. Being part of a team means you get to contribute for the good of all, while at the same time there’s are members who can support you and share more knowledge with you.
44. Why should we hire you?
Because I believe my talents and skills will definitely be a big contribution to your company’s continuing pursuit of excellence. I’m a fast worker and hardworking person who can be a very reliable asset to this company.
45. Has anything ever irritated you about people you’ve worked with?
I go along fine with co-workers. When I feel the other guy’s attitude is a negative one, I try my best to approach him and talk things over. I always make it a point to stay positive and transparent with people around me.
46. Do you have any questions for me?
I would like to know what is the next step for me. I would also be interested to know more about the details of this position I am applying for.
47. Do you know anyone who works for us?
I am a friend of XYZ, who is a part of your Finance Department, but our friendship was not the primary factor for me to apply here. Besides, I know how to separate my professional life from my personal life. This company has a strong reputation in the market and I have always looked up to your brand. I truly believe that I can use my skills and expertise to help my team and the organization grows.
48. What are your Salary Expectations?
My salary expectations are in line with the current industry standards, according to my experience and qualificationsI would like to know what my potential Manager expects from this job position, in your organization. After this discussion, maybe we can both meet a conclusion about my future remuneration.
49. The interview is more or less coming to an end do you have any questions? 
Yes, I do!!
This is probably your very first chance during the interview, to ask a question. Questioning will indicate that as a fresher, you came well-prepared for the interview and you are still absorbed in the conversation. It will also show that you do take an interest in the organization. Make a general list of five questions about the company and ask them to your interviewer, after all, other HR interview questions and answers are over.
50. Have you ever had to fire anyone How do you feel about that?
yes, I have and it is really horrible. I know how to keep emotions at bay, while I am at work. The firing comes at the very end of the road with me. When I set up a team, I do so very carefully after considering the past feedback and history of every single team member. But it is not always possible to choose your team. Sometimes, you have to work with a few rotten potatoes and it is essential to remove them from the basket, to save the rest.

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