List of top 20 most asked common HR interview questions

Author: Shrey Reddy

HR Interview Questions

An HR interview is a conversation between two or more people where some questions are asked by the interviewer (HR) to elicit facts or statements from the interviewer. This is a useful section to collect a set of useful HR interview questions as well as learn some ideas on how to answer asked questions in a tactful manner.

List of Top HR Job Interview Questions

Q1 Tell me something about yourself

"Tell me something about yourself" is one of the most frequently asked questions during an HR round interview because HR is always asked it first. If you are going to answer this question then give a simple & short, crisp, and pointed answer. 

Here are some possible high-impact answers to help you leave a great impression.

"First of all thank you for giving me this opportunity to introduce myself.

My name is ABC, I am from XYZ City, My father is a Central Government Employee and my mother is a Vice Principal at a private school or (other which suitable for you).

About my education qualification - I have completed my education in the XYZ stream from XYZ university in the year 2018. I have completed my schooling at ABC High school. I am very good at programming languages C, C++, or you can mention skill according to the job position.....


Q2 Why should I hire you?

Start explanation of this question like "I am fresher even I don't have any experience yet but I assure you that I will put all my efforts to enrich my skills and develop my career by working in your reputed company. I work hard in the progress of your company and I will help in achieving the organizational mission and goals. As I am a team worker self-motivator mingle so you should hire me".

Other Example According To Others

"As you know I am still fresher and I have no experience in the corporate field but I am searching job and your company's profile matches with my profile, if I got a platform then I can prove what am I, so sir you should hire me."

"If you hire me then this will be a great platform to show my skill set that I developed from my previous job, it will surely benefit your company I am a workaholic and commit 100% to my work."

"My Pleasure, Although I am a fresher I am a team worker and team manageable person from my past experiences in school and college life. This would be a great benefit to your company and I am also looking for a company where I can achieve myself after a few years, so I work with all my power to you at least to my selfishness to grow so you can hire me."

Q3 What are your strengths and weaknesses?

"My strengths are working on myself every day, never giving up & about weaknesses, I have no weaknesses because I convert them into my strength/motivation to be a better person."

2nd Type Answer

Strengths and weaknesses are the two parts of human life, my strength is easy to connect to any people. Also, I care too much about my work, try to work deliver before the time limit. And mweaknesses are forgetting lunch when I work that's  harmful to my health OR

3rd Type Answer

My strength is I can learn new things quickly, am hard-working, a good communicator, and ability to lead a team are my strength but some time I feel shy when I talk to strangers but I look forward to improving that. I will never get disappointed by failures realizing that failures are the stepping stones to success.

Q4 Why do you want to work at our company?

"A great privilege for anyone to work in a reputed company. Actually, When I read about this company then I found that my skills are matching company requirements where I can showcase my technical skills contribute to the company's growth."

2nd Example

"This organization is a well-reputed organization & I would feel proud if I get selected in this company. Also, look at this company as a great platform to prove my skills and gain knowledge."

3rd Example

"Based on your company history and profile in the market I'm proud that today I'm here for an interview with you in a position that fits the experience that I do have, looking for a new challenge and a new forward path."

Q5 What is the difference b/w confidence and overconfidence?

Just a small difference, if I say I am suitable for this job it's my confidence but if I say I am only one suitable for this job it's my overconfidence. That means confidence is a good understanding of our strengths and overconfidence is a misunderstanding about our strengths.

Q6 What are your goals?

To be honest, my aim in life is that I would like to see myself as a successful person in a respectable position so for this right now my goal is to crack this interview and want to be part of your organization.

Q7 How do you define success?

"Success is neither a destination nor an achievement. It is a constant journey where we have to work hard, face obstacles, with passion and with a great deal of zeal which will help us to attain and accomplish milestones in our life."

2nd Example

"According to my point of view, success is whatever the best thing do which brings a smile, which makes me complete without any dissatisfaction."

Q8 Can you please define success and failure?

Success for me is in which we do hard work for our goals and happiness if we are satisfied with our goals it means that our goals are achieved. And failure in today life does not exist as today generation is much better. If a person gets 100 times failure it does not mean that he is looser it means he has 100 lessons or ways to achieve the goal as from it, he is able to know that these 100 ideas did not work then next 1 will defiantly do last but not the least from failure we learn a lesson of our life.

2nd Example

Success & failure both are the results of effort success is the result of excess efforts and failure is the result of a poor result.

Q9 Why did you resign from your previous job?

In my previous company, let me know what is the pros and cons in the BPO industry. I left my previous company because I want to relate my previous course to this account. I have knowledge when it comes to booking a flight my dream as well is to travel around the world. I love this course & I know to myself that I will grow here in this company. So, I can use all the knowledge that I have learned from my previous course.

2nd Example

Actually, they hired me when I'm fresher now I'm here because of them only I learned a lot from the previous work but I want to improve my professional skills and career growth.

Q10 How many hours a week do you normally work?

Normally, I work for 42 hours a week but it totally depends on the situation and circumstances of the project deadline. If the company needs more time from me then I eagerly wait for this type of moment because these are the moments where you show your real dedication towards company and your love of work. 

2nd Example

Presently I work 42 hours a week but if the job demands to work in stretched hours occasionally I oblige for that. For me time is very valuable I would like to give time to my job as well as my family.

3rd Example

Actually, I never give the importance to working hours because it shows that the employee is not interested to work. I would like to give importance to the completion of the work within time but I love to do something different in my free time after completing my office work.

Q11 Could you have done better in your last job?

I have performed well in most areas of my job, which was done through my strength, commitment, hardworking and honesty.

2nd Example

Yes, I have won many awards due to my quality, SLA. Good customer relations. And I have gotten a star performance certificate due to my strong quality and without error.

3rd Example

I always give my best for my job but at the end of the day, I always found that there is always room for improvement and enhancement of standers. My continuous urge for betterment was the driving force that propelled me towards excellence in my job.

Q12 Tell me about a situation when your work was criticized?

Criticism is a common one in all organizations, even I had the same from my team lead in all the ways but I took all his criticism as feedback and make myself corrections and I saw my real growth there. Always we need a person to criticize to explore ourselves.

2nd Example

I did not remember any high criticism on my work, however, have made some mistakes but I think mistakes make us perfect. Also, I like to take feedbacks positively and try to improve myself, and not repeat the mistakes again in the future.

3rd Example

Criticism is the way for success, at my previous job I was criticized by my seniors because nobody is perfect in this world and was taken that criticism as learning. I am also thankful they corrected my work I believe there is always space for improvement. 

4th Example

I would like to replace the word criticized by Coached. There are mistakes that we all make at work and I was lucky to be coached by my superiors in my past jobs. To give an example I was asked to make a presentation for the entire team as training material and my superiors were not impressed by the presentation so I asked them to help me make a perfect presentation and it turned out to be one of the best presentations.

Q13 Why have you been out of work so long?

I was not able to perfectly balance my life alongside my work. My personal aspirations were getting hit daily so I took the risk and put to task everything I wanted to work out. Now they are completely settled and in 2 years gap, I had completed some courses & utilized opportunities to attend TeD talks. 

2nd Example

I had some personal issues, wherein my attention was needed, after the problem was settled, I had assisted my friend in his venture as a partner, but I was not comfortable with financial remuneration being received so I decided to explore the opportunity.

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