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30 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns
Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
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As a human resources professional, you will come across difficult scenarios. How do you deal in uncomfortable situations?

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1.

As a human resources professional, you will come across difficult scenarios. How do you deal in uncomfortable situations?

Often, our work environment holds the possibility for awkward or tense situations. It can be difficult to know how to respond when you have a coworker who is moody, or when your coworker lacks social skills and constantly asks inappropriate questions. The interviewer wants to know that you can keep your cool in situations like these.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I have had my share of awkward situations, and having raised 2 kids, I am no stranger to them! In the workplace, if an uncomfortable situation arises I tend to face the issue head on, but in a tactful way. Sweeping things under the rug rarely helps. I have no problem being open with my team or colleagues if I am not feeling comfortable in a particular situation."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"Uncomfortable situations don't really phase me. As a human resources professional, I truly have seen and heard it all. It's important to remain professional and collected, even in the most awkward of situations."

2.

What are you reading right now?

Do you feed your mind on a regular basis? What kind of literature do you prefer and why? Talk to the interviewer about a book that you are currently reading. If you are not currently reading a book - talk about one that has impacted you the most.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"Currently I am reading 'Ego is the Enemy' by Ryan Holiday. It is a book about ambition, resilience and success. I feel that every professional should read it - it comes highly recommended."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"I love to read and will pick up a book as often as I can - I just wish that were more often. The latest book I read was "The Alchemist" by Paulo Coelho. I think it's an important book that everyone should read."

3.

List the top 3 skills that you have acquired in your last role.

You have likely gained many valuable skills in your career. Share with the interviewer which skills you value the most. Be sure to include skills that will potentially benefit this potential new employer.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"In the past few years I was able to upgrade my education while still working full time. The biggest skill that I gained was my ability to multi-task as I worked the dual role of employee and student. I also have strong skills in a variety of Microsoft programs such as PowerPoint and Excel."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"Here are some additional skills to mention, that may be transferable to any role:

- Experience leading others
- Ability to motivate a team
- Experience in giving positive feedback
- Ability to terminate employees with tact
- Strong research skills
- Clear written and verbal communication skills"

4.

What is your long-range career objective?

Interviewing and on-boarding is a costly and time consuming process for any company and hiring manager. Assure the interviewer that you are seeking a long term fit with your next employer.

Take a look at the career growth options with the company. If any of these stand out to you, it's a great idea to specifically mention them to the interviewer. Your expressed interest in those particular internal opportunities will solidify the fact that you are, indeed, seeking a long term fit with them.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I am looking for a long-term fit in my next position. As you can see, I had strong progress and career growth in my previous company. I would love to see the same success with your company. I did notice on your website that you have global leadership opportunities. If I could work my way into a role like that, I would be thrilled."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"Long range, I would like to see myself making strong progress towards a leadership role with Ultimate Software. I sincerely hope this can happen within your organization as I understand that you choose to promote from within wherever possible."

5.

How can Ultimate Software motivate you on the job?

Every employer should know how each staff member is best motivated. Talk to the interviewer about the variety of ways in which you are best motivated on the job.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I am best motivated through words of praise and recognition for a job well done. I do like to know that my efforts are being noticed. In my current position we have a leader board and I do like that concept because it creates a healthy bit of personal competition in me as well."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"People are most commonly motivated by:

- Positive environments
- Clear and positive communication
- Good managers who lead by example
- Feelings of empowerment
- The ability to work autonomously
- Opportunities for career growth
- Incentives and contests"

6.

Why do you believe you will have success at this position at Ultimate Software?

Why are you the right fit for this particular position? This is a good time to highlight the skills you possess and show the interviewer that you are the best choice for the position.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I feel that I will be successful in this position because I am passionate about what your organization stands for. I can clearly see your vision and have already drafted some great ideas on how I can help you to get there. My organizational skills will be a major asset to you and I also bring with me a strong track record of increasing sales and client base."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"In addition to meeting the 'must-have's' for this role, I also bring 3 years of industry specific experience in human resources. I have researched your organization to a great extent and feel that our values align very well."

7.

Ultimate Software is asking for 8 years of industry experience and you have just 5. Why do you think you are qualified for this position?

To many employers, the number of years' experience is flexible - so long as you have the results to show for the years that you do have. Talk to the interviewer about your major career successes. This is the time to sell yourself. Make no apologies for your lack of years!

Rachelle's Answer #1

"Although I have 5 years' experience vs 8 years' experience I can absolutely do this job well. In my previous role, I was outperforming colleagues who had 12 years of experience. To me, it's all about drive and ability to be a quick study. I have all of these qualities and more."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"Along with my 5 years working in this industry, I have worked in related industries my entire career. Also, I hope that my graduate degree gives me a little boost in experience over the required undergraduate degree."

8.

Would you say you are a better verbal or written communicator?

In which manner do you prefer to communicate - written or verbal? Discuss your preference with the interviewer and support your answer.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I prefer verbal communication because I feel that with written communication, a lot can be misread due to lack of tone, fluctuation, expression and body language. I will always choose a face to face conversation whenever possible."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"I like to leverage both methods of communications when dealing in business. Sometimes, situations call for verbal communications and other times, written. As a rule of thumb, I tend to practice verbal communications, with written follow up or visa versa. Utilizing multiple methods creates repetition and therefore, change."

9.

What do you know about the company culture at Ultimate Software?

Company culture and fit is a very important factor when considering a career move. Assure the interviewer that you have put thought, research, and consideration into how the company culture will work for you.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I have researched your company through your social media channels, and on glassdoor.com. Your employees have really great things to say and overall it seems that you have fun while you work. I am looking forward to joining an organization, like yours, that is upbeat and thoughtful with an eye on helping the community at the same time."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"I have researched your organization a great deal and see that you recently earned the 'XYZ Award' for industry innovation. You had a lot of competition when it comes to winning this award so it tells me that your team is incredibly dedicated and focused."

10.

When a problem requires a quick solution, how do you respond?

When it comes to complex problem solving, the decisions do not always come easily. It takes practice, experience, and confidence to learn what sorts of decisions yield the best results.

Problems that require you to act quickly can be emergency situations such as knowing where the fire extinguisher is and grabbing it fast enough to put out small grease fire in the company kitchen. Other quick decisions could be if you are asked to take on a new responsibility and only given five minutes to decide if it's something you are prepared to take on.

Going with your gut is a skill, and the more you learn to trust your intuition, the easier it becomes to make these types of decisions. Demonstrate that you are confident and able to react swiftly when the need arises.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"When an urgent problem arises at work, I always try to respond in a calm and assuring manner. I am a natural leader which means that my team often looks to me for answers. One instance of my fast-thinking was just last week when we had an administrative employee no-show on a very important and busy day for us. I called a temp agency and they had the position filled in just one hour."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"I react swiftly in emergency situations. Perhaps my skills come from my years as a parent, having to think fast and put out fires! If a quick solution is required I will do a fast overview of the facts and make a decision based on risk factors."

11.

If you were given a choice, which work related task would you leave for last? Why?

Often times we will leave the tasks that we don't like for last in an act of procrastination. Other times, we will mindfully leave a task for last because we feel that it makes the most sense. Help the interviewer to determine which personality type you are by answering this question clearly.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"If I were given a choice, I would leave my documentation tasks for last. I say this because I like to spend my time selling and hitting targets so anything to do with documentation during business hours - I feel takes away from my business development tasks. I do understand the importance of it, though."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"I do not believe in procrastination so I tend to take on the most challenging aspects of a project first, and then work my way into the easier, less time-consuming portions of my work. Especially in the field of human resources, procrastination can be very problematic."

12.

How do you handle stress on the job?

Are you someone who is able to handle stress on the job? How do you manage the stressful times? Talk to the interviewer about your ability to manage pressure in the workplace.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I handle stress very well and when you call my references, they will attest to this fact. When I am under pressure on the job, I focus on the task at hand and make sure to not get distracted. Staying on deadline is very helpful and I will delegate when necessary to alleviate some stress."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"Stress is part of any demanding job and I embrace it to the fullest. I take good care of myself personally and prioritize my workload to maintain a healthy balance in my stress levels."

13.

How do you feel about joining a new organization?

Changing employers can be exciting, scary, and all of the feels wrapped into one weird emotion. Talk to the interviewer about how you feel regarding this particular career move.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"For me, the thought of joining a new organization is very exciting. I am excited about learning new skills although I am also aware that it will be a lot of hard work. Overall, I am very enthusiastic about this opportunity."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"Finding and accepting a new job opportunity always elicits a range of emotions. I would prefer for my most recent position to have been a longer term fit, because I do not like jumping from position to position. With that said, I am excited by the opportunity that Ultimate Software offers. It's career growth that I am ready for."

14.

Describe to me your method of convincing others to see things your way.

This answer can vary based on experience. Think about your personality and how you present your ideas to someone else, make sure you avoid words such as pushy, forceful. ie: Do you present facts and statistics and explain the results from your research? Do you influence them by coming up with inspirational concepts?

Rachelle's Answer #1

"When I would like others to see my way, I am sure to carefully lay out the ways that my idea will benefit them. I review those reasons, collect agreement from them, and then close them on the idea by having them verbally agree that it's the soundest decision or choice."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"Some additional ways that you can gain the agreement of others:

- Collect a few 'yes' answers from them before making your final request
- Ensure that your timing is always appropriate
- Get to know them and what they value / need. Build your proposition from there
- Have credibility, be honest, and logical"

15.

Tell me about one of the most rewarding experiences you had working on a team.

The interviewer wants to hear that you feel accomplished through teamwork. Talk about a time when you felt fulfilled through a team setting or project collaboration.

An example may be a time when you worked on a team project in University, a recent work collaboration, or possibly an extracurricular experience such as coaching a little league team.

Discuss the positive results of the teamwork and how you attained a positive outcome as a group.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"The most rewarding team work experience that I have had was in my last year of university. We were assigned a project in teams of 4 which accounted for quite a large part of our grade. I believe everyone pulled more than their own weight because so much was at stake. Team work is very rewarding when everyone has sometime to win, or lose."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"One of my most rewarding team work experiences was while I was attending University. I learned so much by working with my classmates. I gained new problem solving skills and learned a lot from their research preferences."

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Interview Questions

  1. As a human resources professional, you will come across difficult scenarios. How do you deal in uncomfortable situations?
  2. What are you reading right now?
  3. List the top 3 skills that you have acquired in your last role.
  4. What is your long-range career objective?
  5. How can Ultimate Software motivate you on the job?
  6. Why do you believe you will have success at this position at Ultimate Software?
  7. Ultimate Software is asking for 8 years of industry experience and you have just 5. Why do you think you are qualified for this position?
  8. Would you say you are a better verbal or written communicator?
  9. What do you know about the company culture at Ultimate Software?
  10. When a problem requires a quick solution, how do you respond?
  11. If you were given a choice, which work related task would you leave for last? Why?
  12. How do you handle stress on the job?
  13. How do you feel about joining a new organization?
  14. Describe to me your method of convincing others to see things your way.
  15. Tell me about one of the most rewarding experiences you had working on a team.
  16. Do you have any questions for me about working for Ultimate Software?
  17. If you were to be hired at Ultimate Software, what are your salary expectations?
  18. What is your personal mission statement?
  19. How do you balance life and work?
  20. Who has inspired you in your life and why?
  21. What characteristics or events have contributed towards your success as a leader?
  22. How will you earn the trust of your coworkers at Ultimate Software?
  23. With your experience, what contributions do you believe you will make to our team at Ultimate Software?
  24. Outside of work, what type of creative activities do you like to pursue?
  25. Tell me about your relationship with your previous boss.
  26. You will be required to present to large teams at Ultimate Software. Tell me about your experiences giving presentations in front of large groups.
  27. How do you determine priorities when you have multiple projects due?
  28. How would your co-workers describe your attention to detail?
  29. What is the riskiest decision you have made? What happened in the end?
  30. How would you like to be recognized for your accomplishments at Ultimate Software?
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