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Human Resource Specialist Interview Questions

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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Share various reports or deliverables you are responsible for providing in your role.

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"Most recently, when rolling out a new performance evaluation plan to leaders in the company, I prepared a power point presentation that shared all of the information such as information of the new process, forecasted the success of the change and a timeline of events to implement the practice. Key deliverables and action items were provided in a meeting to the leadership team. A follow-up meeting is scheduled during the launch."
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Question 2 of 25
What do you do to show people that you are listing to them?
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I've found gaining trust and support from the person you are communicating with is very simple. All you have to do is be engaged in their conversation. Ask questions to the points they are saying. Avoid trumping their points with your own views. If you can restrain yourself in that area it's easy for people to communicate with you and share what they are truly feeling about the organization or their problems.

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"People want to be heard. When speaking, I often utilize nonverbal cues such as nodding my head and making strong eye contact. Additionally, I will repeat what they said back to them and use clarifying words such as 'yes' or 'good point'."
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Question 3 of 25
What do you know about our company?
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Show that you have done your research in preparing to meet with the company. Speak to top leaders, their website, leading industry news, etc. Reiterate the company mission statement and values, typically found on their website/about us page. Tie your research back to the person asking.

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"You make products that bring joy to many people and value sustainable practices in your services and organizational methods. Company XYZ is up 25% from last quarter, and I am impressed by the recent launch of ABC product last month. Very exciting things to come! I was also happy to see that you have been with the company for five years and have had progressive growth in your career working here, starting as an HR assistant and now the HR director."
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Question 4 of 25
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
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Demonstrate to the prospective employer that you have career aspirations aligned with the role you are applying for.

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"I value progressive career development and want to see myself in a Director role within the next 5 years. I'm willing to work hard to learn this role and how I can add value to the organization throughout my development."
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Question 5 of 25
What keeps you motivated?
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Question 6 of 25
Tell me how you organize, plan, and prioritize your work.
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Question 7 of 25
Tell me about your last experience recruiting, interviewing, or hiring an employee. What about promoting an employee?
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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
Why are you the best candidate for us?
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Question 10 of 25
What is the most difficult part of being a HR Specialist?
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Ryan Brown, is the creator of MockQuestions. He has over ten years experience creating interview questions. His website has helped over 10 million job seekers in their interview preparation.
First written on: 08/11/2014
Last modified on: 08/22/2018

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Question 11 of 25
What is the most rewarding part of being a HR Specialist?
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Question 12 of 25
Why did you choose to become a HR Specialist?
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Question 13 of 25
Share an experience you had in dealing with a difficult person and how you handled the situation.
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Question 14 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 15 of 25
Tell me about a time when you changed hiring practices at your current or former employer.
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Question 16 of 25
How do you manage your time?
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Question 17 of 25
Do you have experience laying workers off? How do you feel about it?
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Question 18 of 25
What was the most useful criticism you ever received?
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Question 19 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 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
In what ways, could you improve upon yourself?
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Question 22 of 25
What do you enjoy most about being an HR Specialist?
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Question 23 of 25
Tell me about your new employee orientation programs.
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Question 24 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 25 of 25
When hiring, is it important for you to contact references?
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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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