Interview Questions: Early Career HR Candidates
I recently asked the question “What would be your go to interview question for an early career HR candidate?” to my network of HR professionals and these are some of the questions that came back.
It’s useful from a preparation point of view to see what those that manage HR teams are looking for from their entry/early career level colleagues. The HR Profession has evolved significantly over the last couple of decades and so the answer “I’m good with people and so I thought I’d get into HR” is not going to get you very far!
The follow up post, “Top Tips from HR professionals for those looking to develop a career in HR” covers a number of key areas that need to be considered.
The modern HR Practitioner operates as a partner to the business and so needs to understand how their people interventions can have a positive impact on the organisation. Whether its driving profit in a commercial organisation or ensuring value within a not for profit, the role of HR is to understand the business position and come up with a people strategy to support the organisational goals.
There is a lot of positive stuff within HR, such as driving employee engagement, supporting career development and attracting quality talent into the organisation. There is also tougher stuff to deal with such as managing performance issues, sickness, redundancy etc and so the key to interview preparation is to show that you understand this and have the personality to deal with all aspects of HR.
Example interview questions
Why do you want to work in/have a career in HR?
How do you think HR can make a difference to organisational success?
Do you believe HR adds value to an organisation and how?
How could you impact the HR landscape throughout the span of your career?
What do you imagine is the most challenging aspect of HR?
What areas of HR are most appealing to you and why?
How ambitious are you? Where do you see yourself in 5 years?