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Top 25 Human Resource Specialist Interview Questions

Question 1 of 25
Describe the most significant written document, report or presentation which you had to complete.
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Question 2 of 25
Tell me about a time when you changed hiring practices at your current or former employer.
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Possessing the skills to change or improve a hiring practice in the workplace is a valuable asset to any employer. Talk to the interviewer about a time you recognized a need to change or improve a hiring practice. Touch on the steps you took to implement the change and how you measured the success of the improvement.

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"The standard hiring practices at Company XYZ were enabling the organization to hire qualified candidates based on their experience. Too often, when new hires arrived, we found they lacked the behaviors that would enable them to be successful within our culture. I took the initiative to implement 'Behavioral Interviewing Questions' in our hiring practices. To implement, I gained buy-in from our hiring leadership by including them early in the process of creating the questions. We worked together to create a training certification that would equip leaders with the skills to effectively behavioral interview candidates, and we measured our success by monitoring turnover, retention and time-to-hire metrics. We changed the process and therefore, changed the results."
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Question 3 of 25
Share an experience you had in dealing with a difficult person and how you handled the situation.
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Share how you overcome difficult situations. You should have two difficult experiences you dealt with in your career before your interview. This will help you recall those experiences when questions like these are asked.

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"All companies have challenging associates and I have had my fair share. In my current role, we had one associate who behaved like a bad apple and it brought down the team. I partnered with their manager to implement a performance improvement plan and take measures for corrective action where needed. Our intention was to provide guidance to help the associate turn their behavior around and in line with the company standards. Unfortunately, this associate was unable to do so and weeded themselves out, looking for other work."
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Question 4 of 25
Why did you choose to become a HR Specialist?
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Communicate why you chose a career in HR and reiterate what you love about your work. Being able to display a passion and excitement for why you love your career is a key any interviewing personnel will look for in picking their next candidate.

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"I have always been passionate about helping people and my work in HR allows me to make a difference in the many lives of associates who make up the organizations I work for."
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Question 5 of 25
What is the most rewarding part of being a HR Specialist?
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Share what you enjoy most about your work. There must be a reason why you love the job and want to work for this organization! Proudly state what those reasons are.

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"It is a pleasure to be apart of the success of someone else's career in a company. HR invests a lot of time in the people it supports and it is the ultimate reward to witness someone advance in the company and do well."
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Question 6 of 25
What is the most difficult part of being a HR Specialist?
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Question 7 of 25
Why are you the best candidate for us?
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Question 8 of 25
Tell me about the methods you use to find qualified job candidates. Share an experience in which one of these methods helped you find a great employee.
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Question 9 of 25
Tell me about your last experience recruiting, interviewing, or hiring an employee. What about promoting an employee?
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Question 10 of 25
Tell me how you organize, plan, and prioritize your work.
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Question 11 of 25
What keeps you motivated?
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Question 12 of 25
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
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Question 13 of 25
What new or unusual ideas have you developed on your job? How did you develop them? What was the result?
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Question 14 of 25
What do you do to show people that you are listing to them?
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Question 15 of 25
When hiring, is it important for you to contact references?
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Question 16 of 25
Tell me about a hiring mistake you made. Were there any details in the hiring process you missed and realized later? How did you adjust from what you learned?
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Question 17 of 25
Tell me about your new employee orientation programs.
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Question 18 of 25
What do you enjoy most about being an HR Specialist?
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Question 19 of 25
In what ways, could you improve upon yourself?
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Question 20 of 25
Give an example of a time in which you had to be relatively quick in coming to a decision.
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Question 21 of 25
When you have been made aware of, or have discovered for yourself, a problem in your work performance, what was your course of action? Can you give an example?
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Question 22 of 25
What was the most useful criticism you ever received?
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Question 23 of 25
Do you have experience laying workers off? How do you feel about it?
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Question 24 of 25
How do you manage your time?
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Question 25 of 25
What do you know about our company?
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About Human Resource Specialist

December 2nd, 2014

Human resources specialists recruit, screen, interview, and place workers. They often handle other human resources work, such as those related to employee relations, payroll and benefits, and training. Labor relations specialists interpret and administer labor contracts regarding issues such as wages and salaries, employee welfare, healthcare, pensions, and union and management practices.

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