50 commonly asked HR interview questions

Approach: The below approach has been taken while answering all the questions.

Description/purpose of the question:

At first the purpose of the question has been mentioned. This talks about the reasons why the interviewer normally asks the question (the things that they want to check in a particular candidate through that question). This should help the students to frame their own answers after taking guidelines from the sample answer.

Common mistakes:

This section has been included to make students aware so that they do not repeat the same mistakes.

Sample answer: This section will help the students to take the necessary tips, guidelines, and prepare their own answers. Examples have been provided while answering the questions. Students are advised to give relevant examples while preparing their own answers. For e.g. if the company official asks ‘what is the difference between hard and smart work’, you should explain the pointers, and share an example from your real-life where you had demonstrated the things that you explained. This approach should be followed while answering any question. In case you cannot think of any example, try to explain the process, and then politely say that ‘I have not faced any such scenario’, but please try to keep that to a minimum.

Q 1: Tell us about yourself

Description/purpose of the question: The first question that is asked in every interview. A nicely crafted answer can be a real game changer and this is only possible if there is enough preparation. You might be asked to speak about yourself for 5 mins or even 1 or 2 mins.

The answer structure should be something like this

1: Name and stream:

2: Achievements: (related to JD, mention the time and the area where you had achieved something)

3: Projects: (Name, purpose, time, duration, team members, challenges & learnings. Try to relate these to the JD)

4: Industrial training: (Name of company, training area, time, duration and learnings). Again try to relate these with the JD.

5: Subjects: (Important concepts & applications)

6: Strengths: (should be related to JD)

7: Hobbies & family background:

8: CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility): If the company has mentioned about it on the website.

Common mistakes: 1: Students mention their detailed family & academic background in the beginning. (People should follow the given structure as the structure will everytime relate to the JD.)

2: Mentioning irrelevant things do not create a good impression and this negative impression may continue to last throughout your interview.

3: If you use certain specific terms like ‘team dynamics or decision making’ you should be able to explain these terms as there might be questions around the same.

Sample answer: I am Joy (“name”). I am in final year of BCA (“discipline”) in Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University.

I have seen your job profile. Sir, I may mention here that my favorite subjects are (” Core subject 1, core subject 2, core subject 3). With whatever little knowledge and expertise I have on the subjects, I can contribute significantly in the area of my job profile.

Sir, in our University/college, we get the opportunity of carrying out projects in the pre-final and final year. The titles of the projects are (“Title 1, title 2 and title 3”).The projects were carried out in a team of 4 members. I understood the importance of team dynamics and decision making ability for timely completion of the projects.

Sir, in our college we get the opportunity of attending specialized industrial training. In my case I took training in (“name of the organization”) and the specific technical area was (” area of the training”).

Sir, I found in your website that you are giving a lot of emphasis on corporate social responsibility. I may mention here that recently I participated in a blood donation camp organized by our University. When I came to know that the blood donated by me will be utilized for the underprivileged or poor people I got immensely happy.

Q 2: Where do you see yourself 3 years from now?

Description/purpose of the question:

1: The company officials want to check if you are a goal-oriented person.

2: You should talk about your short (6 months to 2 years of time) and long (3 to 5 years of time) term goals and show that there is a logical correlation between the two.

3: You should categorize your goals as (professional, academic, and personal goals)

4: You can also talk about the SMART concept (goals should be specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and time-bound. For e.g. I want to develop my technical knowledge to an industry standard of 80% so that I can get a software developer job in the next 2 years.)

Common mistakes:

1: Giving vague and unrealistic responses like ‘ I want to become a CEO after 3 years’.

2: Giving one liner answers like ‘ I want to get a good job’.

Sample answer:

Sir, my short term goals are:


I want to get the job of a software developer in a reputed MNC within the next 6 months.

After getting the job I want to learn all my roles & responsibilities asap (as soon as possible)

Try to give my 100% every time I do something.

Try to learn something new everyday as that will keep me updated.

Try and become the best performer.

All these, if done will help me to achieve my long term goal of getting promoted to the next level asap as per company policies.

Academic: I want to successfully complete my graduation and in the future, if there is any need to develop myself for my own benefit as well as for the benefit of the company I will surely pursue some course while working.

Q 3: Tell us something about your interests and hobbies

Description/purpose of the question: 1: You can mention anything that you like over here but @ times the interviewer might start asking cross-questions like ‘Why did you not choose this as your career’? please be prepared for that.

Common mistakes: 1: People start talking too much about this activity and get deviated from the actual core area of the business.

Sample answer: I have always been an admirer of sports and games and believe that exercises are an absolute must in today’s world. They act as stress busters and keep your motivation levels up.

Also I think every individual has some social responsibility like companies have CSR and that revolves around people, profit and planet.

(“Give examples of blood donation camps for the benefit of people, tree plantation for the planet, disease awareness programs, etc.’ that you might have participated in.)

Q 4: Why should we take you in our company?

Description/purpose of the question:

1: The company wants to check if you are the right candidate for a particular job role.

2: Talk about your strengths and align them with the JD: I am a goal-oriented person, self-confident, self-motivated individual, and a good team player (These should be in line with the soft skills components of the job description, for example, the JD might say “should be a self-starter, should be able to collaborate across departments to achieve results”. These mean self-motivated individuals and team players. You can also mention one or two additional pointers other than what is mentioned in the JD. Try and explain a couple of concepts as to how you develop self-confidence and motivation)

Common mistakes:

1: Usage of generic adjectives like hardworking, loyal & punctual.

2: ‘I am fresher and I want experience’. The company is not going to benefit from this. You have to think of ways of how you can benefit from the job and how the company can get benefited by hiring you.

Sample answer:

As you are looking for someone with a technical background as well as hands-on experience in this (“mention the area as per the JD”), an expanding company, like yours, makes me the best candidate for the job. With the qualifications and skills you are seeking, I am sure that I would be able to get the desired results for your company.

Q 5: Tell me about your dream job?

Description/purpose of the question:

1: The interviewer wants to check if your dreams match with the company’s goals & objectives. This is done to identify if you have long term plans of working in that company or you want to work for some time just for the sake of working.

2: You should talk about your passion (should be related to the JD), say that you have worked hard and today your passion has become your strength. People get the desired results when passion becomes profession.

3: Say that (talent + opportunities) give us success. You have talent and the company is giving you the platform to showcase your skills and this will help you to achieve success.

4: Talk about the other factors that people often look for before joining a company like work environment, learning opportunities, growth, rewards & recognitions, employee friendly policies, success stories of freshers like you who had started their careers with the same company and today they have reached the pinnacle of success (Try to give examples from the website, for e.g. ‘sir, your company started in the year 2000, today your company has branches in 10 countries, with almost 2 lakh employees which clearly suggests that your company is growing @ a fast rate as companies can grow only when both the employees & customers are happy’.)

Common mistakes:

1: Responses like ‘My dream job is to work for Google or Facebook’.

2: You are applying for a sales and marketing profile and responses like ‘ I want a job of a software developer’

Sample answer: The professional excellence maintained and pursued by your company has impressed me. Your company’s experience combined with user-friendliness, reliability, and quality of the products and solutions has made it a world leader in this sector. Working with such a growing organization has been one of my career objectives since the very beginning.


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