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HR Interview Tips

It has become more challenging for companies to find the right employees because of the market. When you hold an interview for a potential employee, there are a number of things you will want to keep in mind.

The goal of a company should be to hire an employee who can perform the duties of a particular job at a high level. The basic purpose of the interview is to find out if an applicant meets these qualifications. While you will want to ask all applicants the same questions, some of the responses that they give will need to remain confidential. If you disclose this information, you may be in violation of the law.

It is also important for the interviewer to keep an open mind. No stereotypical ideas should be formed about the candidate. The questions that are asked should be prepared in advance. Any questions which are inappropriate should be eliminated as quickly as possible. If your company follows these guidelines, you should have no problems with any candidates you interview. If you are the applicant, there are a number of things you will want to keep in mind. It is important for you to make sure you have the right appearance before the interview starts. In addition to this, you should be prepared for any questions that are asked.

There are a number of common qualities a company will look for in an applicant, even if they are all hiring for various positions. They may ask you questions about your leadership abilities. Companies like to hire people who are good leaders. They also like hiring people who can follow instructions. The questions that they ask you during the interview will be designed to determine your qualifications. You should be able to work under direct supervision. If you are being hired for a management position, they will want to know more about how you interact with people. To be a manager, you must know who to supervise and lead those below you. You must be able to give instructions without being intimidated by those you lead.

It is always important for you to show up to the interview on time. Almost every prominent company has a tardiness policy. When you show up to a interview late, you will automatically have one strike against you. It is also important for you to have detailed information on the position you are applying for. The reason I say this is because the answers that you give to questions will be dependent on it. For example, if the interviewer asks you if you need direct supervision, saying that you do may be the wrong answer if you are applying for a job that requires you to work without large amounts of supervision.

When you are asked a question during the interview, you should always give direct answers. Never "beat around the bush." If you can't answer questions directly, this will send a sign to the interviewer that you are either unsure of yourself or dishonest. You should never has to think about the answers you give to questions. They should come to you quickly. If you are applying for a management position, the interviewer will likely ask you to describe a situation where you successfully managed others. They may also ask you questions about your experience. Companies will always favor candidates who are experienced, even if they are up against candidates who have large amounts of education.

While there is no way for you to know what questions will be asked during the interview, the job that you are applying for should give you a basic idea.

For Example, if you are applying for a position that requires you to work in a social environment, it is likely that the interviewer will ask you questions about teamwork and your ability to work with others. If you are applying for a position that requires you to have programming skills, it is likely that the interviewer will ask you about this as well. It is also important for applicants to convey the impression of confidence. Avoid being hesistant about any questions you are asked. Be assertive and polite at the same time. If you hesitate, this will convey a bad message to the person that is interviewing you.

Entering the room

Prior to the entering the door, adjust your attire so that it falls well. Before entering enquire by saying, “May I come in sir/madam”. If the door was closed before you entered, make sure you shut the door behind you softly. Face the panel and confidently say ‘Good day sir/madam’. If the members of the interview board want to shake hands, then offer a firm grip first maintaining eye contact and a smile. Seek permission to sit down. If the interviewers are standing, wait for them to sit down first before sitting. An alert interviewee would diffuse the tense situation with light-hearted humor and immediately set rapport with the interviewers.


The interviewer normally pays more attention if you display an enthusiasm in whatever you say. This enthusiasm come across in the energetic way you put forward your ideas. You should maintain a cheerful disposition throughout the interview, i.e. a pleasant countenance hold s the interviewers interest.


A little humor or wit thrown in the discussion occasionally enables the interviewers to look at the pleasant side of your personality,. If it does not come naturally do not contrive it. By injecting humor in the situation doesn’t mean that you should keep telling jokes. It means to make a passing comment that, perhaps, makes the interviewer smile.

Eye contact

You must maintain eye contact with the panel, right through the interview. This shows your self-confidence and honesty. Many interviewees while answering, tend to look away. This conveys you are concealing your own anxiety, fear and lack of confidence. Maintaining an eye contact is a difficult process. As the circumstances in an interview are different, the value of eye contact is tremendous in making a personal impact.

Be natural

Many interviewees adopt a stance which is not their natural self. It is amusing for interviewers when a candidate launches into an accent which he or she cannot sustain consistently through the interview or adopt mannerisms that are inconsistent with his/her personality. Interviewers appreciate a natural person rather than an actor. It is best for you to talk in natural manner because then you appear genuine. 



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