February 11, 2011


July 1, 2007

HR Interview FAQs

1. Tell me about yourself
What are your greatest strengths?
What are your greatest weaknesses?
4. Tell me abt something U did-or failed to do-that U now feel a little ashamed of.
5. Why are you leaving (or did you leave) this position?

6. The “Silent Treatment”
7. Why should I hire you?
8. Aren’t you overqualified for this position?
9. Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?
10. Describe your ideal company, location and job.

11. Why do you want to work at our company?
12. What are your career options right now?
13. Why have you been out of work so long?
14. Tell me honestly about the strong points and weak points of your boss (company, management team,...)

15. What good books have you read lately?

16. Tell me about a situation when your work was criticized.
17. What are your outside interests?
18. The “Fatal Flaw” question
19. How do you feel abt reporting to a younger person (minority, woman,..)?
20. Would you lie for the company?

21. Looking back, what would you do differently in your life?
22. Could you have done better in your last job?
23. Can you work under pressure?
24. What makes you angry?
25. Why aren’t you earning more money at this stage of your career?

June 30, 2007

On a scale of one to ten, rate me as an interviewer.

  • Once again, never be negative. The interviewer will only resent criticism coming from you. This is the time to show your positivism.

  • However, don’t give a numerical rating. Simply praise whatever interview style he’s been using.

  • If he’s been tough, say “You have been thorough and tough-minded, the very qualities needed to conduct a good interview.”

  • If he’s been methodical, say, “You have been very methodical and analytical, and I’m sure that approach results in excellent hires for your firm.”

  • In other words, pay him a sincere compliment that he can believe because it’s anchored in the behavior you’ve just seen.

Tell me something negative you’ve heard about our company…

Just remember the rule – never be negative – and you’ll handle this one just fine.

Why should I hire you from the outside when I could promote someone from within?

Help him see the qualifications that only you can offer.Example: “In general, I think it’s a good policy to hire from within – to look outside probably means you’re not completely comfortable choosing someone from inside.

“Naturally, you want this department to be as strong as it possibly can be, so you want the strongest candidate. I feel that I can fill that bill because…(then recap your strongest qualifications that match up with his greatest needs).”