(Closed) Job interview – need advice from bees who have worked in HR

posted 4 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

Research the company and have an idea of what the company does and their misson statement if they have one.  Make sure to ask questions about the company and the job itself.  It’s considered rude to discuss salary and benefits unless they ask you first (you generally do not discuss salary and benefits until you actually get an offer.)

Post # 4
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’m guessing if you have your MSW you have had some psych classes.  I’d think about what kind of connections you can draw from I/O psych (if you had a class or are familiar with it at all) and HR so you can form a good reason for why you want to enter HR.  Focus on transferable skills!!!  HR and Social Work both entail working with people so I’d start there!

I worked in HR for a very forward thinking company with a great corporate culture (it was called the people department instead of HR) so I’d think about what you cab brng to the table in terms of introducing new ideas to the department to roll out with employees.

It’s a bit hard to say given you haven’t said what exactly the job is.  But, most importantly, just relax and be yourself!  Good luck!

Post # 6
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@MrsBot:  When I worked in HR (did interview coordination stuff for candidates) my favorite part of the job was the fact that you get to be the main point of contact for someone going through a very important process.  So, I felt my psych background played in well here because I’d establish a relationship and trust with the candidates, and they’d feel comfortable opening up to me (since I wasn’t an interviewer or hiring manager) and ask me questions about how they should best prepare, or let me know they were nervous and I could help reassure them.  Career moves are important to many people and have a serious implication on their lives and you get invested in candidates who you know really want to get the job or really NEED the job (since they’ve been unemployed for a year and have kids to support!)  So, I loved that aspect of being able to follow a candidate through the process.  

I’d come in with a few ideas for how to make the company more attractive to current and potential employees.  Employee retention is so important and I think more and more companies are starting to realize they need to step up their game in this area to keep their employees happy!  Even if they don’t ask you to share these things (since it’s an admin role), it’s always good to somehow slip it in to let them know you’re interested in this type of work and have ideas you could contribute to in a meaningful way beyond the admin duties required.

 

Good luck, I am sure you will do great! 🙂

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

HR Director here!  I’ll answer your questions in a few parts:

1.  The type of questions you will be asked will probably be “behavioral based”.  These types of quesions are asked because it is believed the best predictor of future behavior is past behavior.  For example “tell me about a time you had multiple projects?  How did you priorotize them?”.  I would prep for these questions by looking up examples of these online and role playing with your fiance.  If you can’t relate it to a former job draw from your educational expereinces.

2.  HR Coordinator=Entry level HR Amin.  This is a GREAT place to start in HR because you will be exposed to a lot of different management functions (organizing, controlling, scheduling, etc…)  the work will primarily be of only an administrative nature but you will never get bored!

3.  When I interview and hire HR admins the qualities i am looking for are:

organizational skills

great personality (you have to have a VERY good sense of humor and thick skin to work in HR)

time management

ethical/professional

self-directed

creative

great initiative

I ask a lot of questions about prioritizing tasks, communication, dealing with difficult people, and questions about ‘cultural fit’.

Good luck!  And don’t forget to interview the company too!

Post # 10
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Congrats! In my experience the “higher ups” always want to know about why you want the job and the long term, big picture – especially if you’re entering the industry from a different background. So be prepared to provide a compelling argument for why you want the job ad why you’d be happy long term in the role/industry. Definitely ask about growth opportunities and what you think you could do for the company long term. Good luck you will do great!!

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

@MrsBot:  did you get the job??

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

Bummer!!! Kudos to you for seeing the value in going through the interview process. You’ll get the next one for sure!

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

OP so sorry you didn’t get the job, I hate when that happens.

 

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