How To Succeed In HR Round of Interview: Answers to Some Tricky Questions
IT guys generally complain that they, after successfully completing the technical rounds of interviews, finally get rejected in HR rounds interviews.
A RECRUITER’S SIDE OF STORY REGARDING INTERVIEWS
I, being a part HR department for several years, can emphatically tell you that we hate to reject someone who has successfully completed his/her technical interviews. Unless it is very necessary.
In fact, we somehow try our best to boost or pass someone who has done with his technical interviews. Because we are already under pressure to bring someone in as soon as possible so that the job could continue. We also have to report to hiring manager or the project manager or even IT project manager.
We are under more pressure when someone leaves the job in-between an ongoing project. And we, the recruiters and HR personnel, are the only saviour at the time to save the ship from sinking.
So, the matter of fact is we try our best to take you to the further processes or level if you have already completed your technical interviews with good remarks.
So what are those things that make you feel that you are finally being rejected in the HR Rounds?
Well, there are multiple reasons to be rejected and that might not have to do anything with your performance. You can read my other blog Reasons Behind Interview Rejection a Recruiter Will Not Tell You to know some more reasons of rejections when recruiters hesitate to tell you.
A FEW WORDS ON PERSONALITY AND ATTITUDE
I don’t want to sound harsh, but if you seriously feel that have been rejected in the past only in the HR rounds of interviews, then there might be some serious issues with your personality, or with the answers which might be weird in nature.
Before going ahead, let me clarify the word Personality. In India, the word Personality is one of the most confused and misunderstood words. Personality has almost nothing to do with bodily looks.
I always say, in my opinion, that Salman Khan has terrible personality. And then I don’t mean he has terrible looks or physic. All I mean is he has a terrible attitude, the ways of thinking, the way of expression.
So, dear readers, in HR round of interviews you really need to be serious about your personality and attitude.
Freshers or less experienced candidates are more susceptible to make ‘stupid’ or ‘silly’ answers related to Personality and attitude than the well-experienced ones.
These mistakes are generally made during answering some certain questions. I’m going to put those questions with reasonable answers and explanations to help you.
‘Why Should We Hire You’
At this question, 80 percent of Freshers give silly answers. And even interviewers expect silly answers. But good HR professionals, try not to be judgmental just because of a weird answer from a fresher.
Please, do never glorify yourself while answering this question. Try to answer this question by telling them about your knowledge, experience and the understanding of the subject. This way your interviewer will take you as a serious guy.
‘Tell Me About Yourself’
Though this is the first question you will be asked by most of the interviewers, I would keep it at second place in the chart. When you are asked about yourself, keep it precise. Start by telling them about your education, why you chose the subject, your interest in the subject, tell them about your work experience, your interest in the job, the positive things about the job, and that you see a great future and career ahead in the subject or the job.
Please try to avoid telling them about your interest in cinema, cricket or partying out late at nights. You can talk about these things when you are asked in a different relevant question.
Also, try to avoid telling them about your family background, family members, political and social interests. Talk about these subjects only if you are asked, and be very precise.
‘You Have Been Changing Jobs Frequently’:
HR managers and recruiters tend to dislike frequent job changes in a resume. If your CV is showing too many job changes, you need to prepare a good explanation for this. Sometimes job seekers are advised to remove unnecessary or irrelevant jobs taken up for short periods at the beginning of the career.
Always try to give a true and reasonable explanation. Try not giving controversial answers such as I resigned because it became boring, or I got better pay packages, or work location was too far, or got terminated, or had a dispute with the manager, etc. Instead, tell them that you wanted to learn new things, technologies or take up new roles which were exciting.
In case, you were terminated, don’t say this directly. But say: ‘I was in a situation where I thought resignation was the better option’. ‘We agreed to part our ways due to some differences which were quite opposite to our opinions.’ ‘I could not agree with the work ethics I had to fit in, so I had to come out, I wish them good luck in their practices.’
‘How Do You See Your Future in This Career After Five Years’:
The purpose of this question is to check your reasoning and logical abilities. The answer of this question will tell something about your thought process and smartness. You certainly cannot say: I would like to become a team leader or a manager after a certain period. Here is a made-up sentence: ‘I guess after this period I’d be in a position to take up some more challenging, responsible or managerial roles. I think I would be able to utilize my experience for a greater or bigger role. It would be good for me, my career growth as well as for the growth of the organization. We should always be ready to learn and take up new opportunities. But I certainly cannot say that I’d be at a certain designation after a certain period. It surely depends upon my abilities, expertise and the knowledge of the subject.’
‘Your Salary Expectation is Higher Than the Industry’s Standards. Why so?’:
Well, sometimes we need to expect more than just 20-30% of the hike or the industry standards. HR guys generally know that if they don’t meet the candidate’s expectation regarding salary, the candidate will not join. Thus, you should not go hard on this issue and let them know that your expectation is high but reasonable. You should also keep the doors open, and let them release the final offer. Do not kill your chances by being firm on your expectations.
‘Why Should You Join This Company?’:
Before attending any interview, you should always browse about the company on the internet. You should try to bring the positive sides of the company, and try to associate them with your career adventure.
‘Tell Me About Your Hobbies.’:
At this question, you can surely be candid, but a good candidate will try to bring those (even fake) hobbies which are directly or indirectly associated with the job. For example, you can tell them that you love reading magazines, or you are very interested in global economy. But, be ready with a few sentences to explain more about your fake interests. Never, tell them that you love making pranks, or any other stupid things.
‘Tell Us About Your Weaknesses and Strengths.’
I tell you for sure, if you’ve not prepared for this question, you are most probably going to be awkwardly silent. Or you might keep guessing about it, and end up with some silly answers. A good recruiter generally doesn’t associate the answer directly with the candidate’s abilities, but tries to give you points in his ranking sheet.
Your weaknesses could be: going to bed late at nights. Not being active at chores. Not being good at shopping or sports, or not participating in social causes. Not being able to be in touch with your old friends. Say anything which is not going to affect your job or career directly or indirectly. But, never say: I’m very emotional, or lazy, or I don’t like to work in a team, or can’t wake up early in the morning.
You cannot be very arrogant about your strengths. You should always try to add ‘I think’ or ‘I guess’ before telling them about your strengths: ‘I think, I’m good at sense of humour.’ ‘I guess, I’m good at leading a team.’
Finally, always try not to associate yourself from controversial subjects such as Religion, Politics and Cultural differences.
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