Human Resources Mock Interview

To help you prepare for your Human Resources interview, here are 40 interview questions and answer examples.

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How do you like to be recognized for your accomplishments as an HR professional?

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List of 40 Human Resources Interview Questions & Answers

  1. 1.

    How do you like to be recognized for your accomplishments as an HR professional?

  2. 2.

    How do you use social media and other online tools in your recruitment processes?

  3. 3.

    Do you have experience preparing or leading new hire orientation?

  4. 4.

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

  5. 5.

    What do you enjoy most about working in the Human Resources field?

  6. 6.

    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?

  7. 7.

    If hired to join our HR team at this organization, how would you build relationships with your new colleague and supervisors?

  8. 8.

    Do you have any questions for me regarding this role or this organization?

  9. 9.

    If hired on our Human Resources team, what weight do you put on a candidate's professional references when considering them for a hire?

  10. 10.

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

  11. 11.

    Why did you choose a career path in Human Resources?

  12. 12.

    Tell me about a time when you positively influenced hiring practices at your current or former employer. What prompted you to take this action?

  13. 13.

    Tell me about a hiring mistake you made. Were there any details in the hiring process you missed and realized later? What did you learn from this situation that you can bring to our organization as our next Human Resources professional?

  14. 14.

    Do you have experience leading terminations as a Human Resources professional?

  15. 15.

    What new human resources topic is piquing your interest the most right now?

  16. 16.

    How would you find qualified candidates for our open positions? If possible, share a time that you used a unique approach to recruit a great candidate.

  17. 17.

    How do you use data and analytics in your HR process?

  18. 18.

    Give an example of a time when you had to be quick in coming to a decision during your HR career. What decision making processes did you have to use in this situation?

  19. 19.

    Do you have experience guiding candidates through job offers and negotiations that you would bring to our organization?

  20. 20.

    Describe the most significant written document, report or presentation which you had to complete. What skills did you take from this that you can bring to our Human Resources team?

  21. 21.

    As a Human Resources representative with our organization, how would you show people that you are listening to them?

  22. 22.

    When interviewing a candidate as a Human Resources representative, what do you feel is the most important question you could ask?

  23. 23.

    What do you find to be the most difficult part of working in Human Resources field?

  24. 24.

    Do you have experience using an ATS? Which applicant tracking systems do you know best?

  25. 25.

    Tell me how you organize, plan, and prioritize your work as an HR professional.

  26. 26.

    We want to foster innovation within our workforce. What does the term innovation mean to you?

  27. 27.

    What experience in coordinating interviews and documenting the candidate journey would you bring to our team as our next HR Representative?

  28. 28.

    Do you have experience in orienting new staff to employer health benefits?

  29. 29.

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

  30. 30.

    How do you treat candidates not selected for the job? Walk me through your process.

  31. 31.

    In your eyes, what is the ideal size of an HR department that you would join?

  32. 32.

    What would you consider to be your forte within the functions of Human Resources? How could this benefit our team?

  33. 33.

    What experience with different compensation models would you bring to our team as our next Human Resources professional?

  34. 34.

    Do you have any experience in the administration side of benefits for an organization?

  35. 35.

    In a utopian world, what does a perfect Human Resources department look like for you?

  36. 36.

    If we hired you as our next Human Resources professional, what management style would you bring to our team?

  37. 37.

    What role do you prefer to play as part of a larger team? Do you have the ability to be flexible and adaptive when working as part of a team?

  38. 38.

    Have you every been involved in cost reduction efforts during your HR career? What was the effort and how did you effectively handle it with success?

  39. 39.

    Talk about a situation in your career that tested your ethics. What did you learn from that situation that you can bring to our Human Resources team?

  40. 40.

    What do you feel are the keys to building a strong organizational culture?