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HR Consultant Interview Questions

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Rachelle Enns is an interview coach and job search expert. She works with candidates to perform their best in employment, medical, and post-secondary admission interviews.

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Tell me your most proven strategy for motivating under-performing employees.

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List of 40 HR Consultant Interview Questions & Answers

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  1. 1.

    Tell me your most proven strategy for motivating under-performing employees.

  2. 2.

    If hired as our next HR Consultant, what do you feel should be the single most important metric that we focus on for the next five years?

  3. 3.

    What familiarity would you bring to our team on staff surveys and evaluating survey data?

  4. 4.

    What is your perspective on work-life integration and how would you bring them to our organization?

  5. 5.

    Are you familiar with the term 'outplacement'? Have you ever utilized outplacement services?

  6. 6.

    We have suffered from staff burnout in recent years. What are some strategies you have used to help prevent burning out employees on the job?

  7. 7.

    How do you keep up with changes in legislature and human resource law?

  8. 8.

    What type of long-term incentive programs have you leveraged to drive employee performance?

  9. 9.

    How do you ensure a professional yet fair approach to disciplinary action?

  10. 10.

    Have you had to handle a company merger or consolidation at any point during your career? What role did you play if you did?

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    Tell me about the most significant people issue you have encountered in your HR career.

  12. 12.

    Have you ever led a workplace investigation related to discrimination, bullying, or sexual harassment?

  13. 13.

    Have you ever led performance reviews or employee coaching sessions?

  14. 14.

    Which workplace culture development strategies have you explored during your career as an HR professional?

  15. 15.

    Think about a demanding boss or coworker you've had during your career. How did you successfully interact with this person?

  16. 16.

    Do you think honesty is always the best policy?

  17. 17.

    How do you develop trust among your team in a virtual, or work-from-home, setting?

  18. 18.

    Tell me one valuable skill that you are currently working on improving to be a more complete HR Consultant.

  19. 19.

    If you were to encounter a new or unfamiliar situation that needed to be solved on your end here, how would you go about solving that issue?

  20. 20.

    At times, our HR Consultants need to work on tight deadlines and short turnaround times with projects. How do you handle working under tight deadlines?

  21. 21.

    Talk about an ethical dilemma that you had to face during your career. How did you handle that situation?

  22. 22.

    If hired at our organization, how would you help incorporate best practices in diversity and inclusion as our next HR Consultant?

  23. 23.

    As our next HR Consultant, what cost saving experience within HR would you bring to our team?

  24. 24.

    Where do you see more innovation happening in the Human Resources field over the next five to ten years?

  25. 25.

    Discuss a time when you explored organizational gaps and created new opportunities for employees.

  26. 26.

    How would you uncover the core competencies of a candidate?

  27. 27.

    Do you have experience using HR data analytics for the purpose of compensation benchmarking?

  28. 28.

    In your opinion, what are the core competencies of organizational effectiveness?

  29. 29.

    Being our next HR Consultant will often require you to inspire excellence in others. What does greatness mean to you?

  30. 30.

    Do you possess the knowledge and awareness required to communicate in a multicultural workplace?

  31. 31.

    Hiring smart is the key to an organizations' success. What interview techniques do you lean on to ensure effective new hires?

  32. 32.

    Do you have experience in mass-layoffs or terminations? What is your view on job eliminations?

  33. 33.

    Have you ever had a particular circumstance where you needed to deviate from HR policy? How did you approach the dilemma?

  34. 34.

    What do you believe to be the most prominent human resource trend of the year? Have you yet embraced it?

  35. 35.

    Tell me about your exposure to team building exercises. What team building skills would you bring to our organization?

  36. 36.

    In which HR software tools are you best versed?

  37. 37.

    When a major HR problem arises, what is your first reaction?

  38. 38.

    Do you feel employees should be paid based on performance, or should they be rewarded for years of experience?

  39. 39.

    What questions do you have for me?

  40. 40.

    What type of employees do you find most challenging?