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Top 5 questions HR asks in an interview

by Shamia K.

During job interviews, an HR professional typically asks candidates a series of questions. The purpose of the questions is to assess the candidates abilities and determine if they are qualified for the opening position. The questions may also be used to analyze the applicants talent and interest for the role. The list below breaks down 5 most common HR questions that are always asked during an interview.

Tell me about yourself.

This is the universal question that is asked in the beginning of every interview and allows the recruiter to get to know the candidate. To successfully answer this question, you should speak about things that are not on your resume such as accomplishments and experiences. You can also answer this question by introducing yourself using adjectives like creative or open-minded. Incorporating details that are relevant to the position and question will help increase your chances of getting hired.

Why did you decide to apply to this role?

This question helps the recruiter to assess your interest in the position, thus you should be familiar with the company's goal and initiatives. You can discuss previous projects or experiences that will make you the greatest fit for the role.

What are your strengths and weaknesses?

This is a crucial question since it helps the interviewer to learn more about your personality. When responding, you should be honest and highlight your strong skills that are relevant to the position. You should aim to avoid disclosing flaws that might prevent you from receiving the job, and instead, constantly explain the actions you are taking to improve your weaknesses.

Why did you leave your previous job?

When answering this question, you should give strong reasons for leaving your previous job. This might include a desire for a career that will allow you to put your abilities to work while also challenging you. You should also respond to this question by speaking positively about your current employer.

Do you have any questions for me?

Although you can respond "no" to this question, it's usually a good idea to follow up with a question for the interviewer. This will demonstrate to them that you are really interested in learning more about the company. The questions you ask should be about the company or about your position.

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