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How To Nail The HR Interview | 60+ Excellent Resources8 min read

April 7, 2020 6 min read
how to nail HR interview


How To Nail The HR Interview | 60+ Excellent Resources8 min read

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While a strong aca­d­e­m­ic record and great tech­ni­cal knowl­edge are impor­tant fac­tors, they alone can’t guar­an­tee that you will get a job. Every com­pa­ny has dif­fer­ent rounds that judge dif­fer­ent aspects of you as a can­di­date. For instance, the HR inter­view is con­duct­ed to test a can­di­date’s per­son­al­i­ty, strengths, weak­ness­es, as well as back­ground. It is gen­er­al­ly the last round of every recruit­ment process.

HR inter­view is nec­es­sary to eval­u­ate the can­di­date as the right fit for the job as well as the com­pa­ny. In fact, in most IT com­pa­nies, it is the elim­i­nat­ing round for many can­di­dates. There­fore, it is impor­tant to nail your HR interview.

This blog is a com­pi­la­tion of amaz­ing resources that will help you with your HR inter­view prepa­ra­tion from start to fin­ish. So let’s begin!

The Screening Process

The screen­ing process is a method that recruiters use to assess a list of poten­tial can­di­dates and nar­row down the list to the most qual­i­fied can­di­dates. This process takes place before the inter­view. Hence, if you don’t clear the screen­ing process your resume will not even make it to the HR’s desk. But don’t let this idea intim­i­date you. All you need to do is keep a few things in mind.

Job Application & Resume

First of all, a typ­i­cal screen­ing process con­sists of a few point­ers. Like, scan­ning the job appli­ca­tions and resumes, fol­lowed by tak­ing vir­tu­al inter­views which can either be a skype or a tele­phon­ic con­ver­sa­tion. Send­ing out the per­fect job appli­ca­tion is equal­ly impor­tant as mak­ing an eye-catch­ing resume. These doc­u­ments reach the HR’s office way before you do. Hence, they have to give a sol­id first impression.

Here are some amaz­ing resources that are worth giv­ing a read before send­ing your job appli­ca­tion let­ter or build­ing a resume:

Skype/Telephonic Interview

Tele­phon­ic or Skype inter­views are slight­ly laid back as com­pared with in-per­son inter­views. But that does not mean you should take them any less seri­ous­ly. Since these inter­views rely heav­i­ly on calls, make sure you are giv­ing these inter­views in a qui­et place. There is noth­ing more embar­rass­ing than repeat­ed­ly ask­ing the inter­view­er because you can’t hear them! To avoid any such sit­u­a­tions, check out these resources on how you can clear your skype/telephonic inter­views effortlessly:

Most Common HR Interview Questions

Now its time for the in-per­son meet­ing. Regard­less of which job pro­file you are inter­view­ing, there are a cer­tain sets of ques­tions that every HR asks the can­di­date. The key is to keep your answers ready for such ques­tions and prac­tice say­ing them out loud. It will not only make you feel more pre­pared but also calm your nerves dur­ing the interview.

Here is a list of a few com­mon HR inter­view ques­tions and how to answer them:

Tell me about yourself.

What are your strengths and weaknesses?

Why do you want to work with us?

Are you a team player?

How To Negotiate For Salary

Anoth­er thing to remem­ber before you go for your HR inter­view is that you should know how to dis­cuss your salary. Salary nego­ti­a­tion is some­thing most of us are scared of, even more than the inter­view itself! But it can­not be empha­sized enough how nec­es­sary it is to under­stand how to nego­ti­ate for salary. You know your worth bet­ter than any­one out there. Hence, only you can pitch your­self. Take these amaz­ing tips from the fol­low­ing blogs to help you nego­ti­ate for salary:

General Tips for HR Interview

Dress To Impress

“What am I sup­posed to wear to the inter­view?” — the answer to this ques­tion varies from one com­pa­ny to anoth­er. Some com­pa­nies have a strict­ly for­mal dress code while oth­ers are more bent towards busi­ness casu­als. Regard­less of which com­pa­ny you are going to, you always want to dress to make the best impression.

Body Language

The old say­ing “Actions speak loud­er than words” can sum up this point per­fect­ly. You could have the per­fect resume, pro­fes­sion­al attire, but if you sit in front of the inter­view­er with­out mak­ing eye con­tact and slouch­ing in the chair, it is all a waste. You need to be extra cau­tious of your body lan­guage. It should come off as friend­ly and calm instead of agi­tat­ed or aggres­sive or disinterested.

Be Confident

It is easy to give in to your nerves and mess up an inter­view that was oth­er­wise going well. This is not even inten­tion­al on any­one’s part. A lot of us deal with anx­i­ety and stress on an every­day basis and it is under­stand­able that in an uncom­fort­able envi­ron­ment like an inter­view room, it can get slight­ly out of hands. Lucky for you, we have com­piled excel­lent resources to help you boost your con­fi­dence for an interview:

Follow Up Email

Last, but not the least, remem­ber to fol­low up with HR after the inter­view. This is an impor­tant step in the whole process because not only will it show the recruiter that you are sin­cere about this job, but also this step is usu­al­ly skipped by a lot of peo­ple. As a result, this could act as your chance to stand out from the crowd. The best way to fol­low up is by send­ing a fol­low-up email. Take this email as an oppor­tu­ni­ty to thank the HR for a chance to inter­view with them. More­over, you may also ask for feed­back about your interview.

Here is a great col­lec­tion of resources that will help you in draft­ing the per­fect fol­low up email:



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