Human Resources Manager Interview Questions

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

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  1. 1.

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

  2. 2.

    Give me an example of a time when you had to come to a decision quickly.

  3. 3.

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

  4. 4.

    How do you find qualified candidates? Discuss a time when your approach helped you to hire a great employee.

  5. 5.

    As a Human Resources Manager, which publications and resources do you turn to the most?

  6. 6.

    What does the term attrition mean, and what are the biggest causes of employee attrition rates?

  7. 7.

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

  8. 8.

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

  9. 9.

    Tell me about a time when you influenced hiring practices at your current or former employer.

  10. 10.

    Why did you choose to become a human resources professional?

  11. 11.

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

  12. 12.

    As an HR Manager, how do you measure the success of your department?

  13. 13.

    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?

  14. 14.

    With which applicant tracking systems (ATS) are you most familiar?

  15. 15.

    Do you have experience preparing or leading new hire orientation?

  16. 16.

    Do you keep up with changes in HR law and legislation? If so what resources do you rely on for your information?

  17. 17.

    How do you help your company to make sound hiring decisions?

  18. 18.

    Talk about a time when you dealt with a difficult person in the workplace. How did you handle the situation? Were you able to correct their behavior?

  19. 19.

    In your experience, what is the biggest challenge working in the human resources field?

  20. 20.

    We want to foster innovation within our workforce. What does the term innovation mean to you in respect to your HR management responsibilities?

  21. 21.

    Do you have experience choosing, introducing, and explaining employer health benefits?

  22. 22.

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

  23. 23.

    Which workplace culture development strategies have you explored?

  24. 24.

    What are the most significant people issues you have encountered in your HR career?

  25. 25.

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

  26. 26.

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

  27. 27.

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

  28. 28.

    Have you ever led performance reviews or employee coaching sessions?

  29. 29.

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

  30. 30.

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

  31. 31.

    In which HR software tools are you best versed?

  32. 32.

    If you could create a D&I plan for your current employer, what would you prioritize?

  33. 33.

    What HR-related strategies have you introduced to address workplace-related diversity issues?

  34. 34.

    How can a company best embrace diversity in their hiring plan?

  35. 35.

    From an HR perspective, what common mistakes do you often see in corporate Diversity & Inclusion plans?

  36. 36.

    As our HR Manager, how would you approach an equity problem in the workplace?

  37. 37.

    Why do you want to be our Human Resources Manager?

  38. 38.

    As an HR Manager, how do you motivate and encourage your Human Resources team?

  39. 39.

    How do you help employees reach their professional development goals?

  40. 40.

    What are the 3 most important functions of an HR department?