5+ Best HR Manager Interview Questions & Answers

We’ve compiled the absolute best HR manager interview questions and answers to help you with your upcoming job interview. HR, which stands for Human Resources, is a core part of every single company. It embodies not only the environment for which everyone works but how everyone is compensated, what benefits they are provided, how training is done, and so much more. HR employees need to be passionate about people. Without a passion for working with people from all different backgrounds, this job will become extremely difficult to stay motivated towards. As you help each employee achieve the goals that company has set for them as well as the goals the employee has set for themselves, you will see that this is a highly rewarding role.

HR Manager Interview Questions & Answers

Below are the best HR manager interview questions I could find based on hiring and being hired in the operations department. As with all of the interview questions, it's important that you practice these at home with a friend. The more you can feel confident about your answers, the better chance you will have of being hired for that position. Ask your friend to throw in a few trick questions and situational interview questions to throw you off.

1. What is career development?

Career development is the act of working with an employee to understand their career aspirations and ensuring that they line up with the companies goals for that employee as well. Ideally, there is a symbiotic relationship between employee and company, which the HR manager can make sure is blossoming.

2. What is an employee benefit?

An employee benefit is a type of additional form of compensation that is provided by the company that is not related to some type of monetary benefit. Meaning, health insurance, free hair cuts, expense accounts, or maybe some other form of unique opportunity the company is providing the employee.

3. How do you perform one-on-one meetings?

One-on-one meetings should be performed in private, all questions related to the meeting should be prepared in advance. All questions and answers should be documented as it relates to ways the employee can improve and the company can improve. Promises should be made from these meetings that are followed up upon at the next one-on-one meeting.

4. Are HR managers part of the staffing duties?

They absolutely are. Depending on the department there may be specific HR managers for specific departments. But generally speaking, HR is a core part of staffing.

5. What are some of the ways you confirm you have a budget to hire?

You should be working with your CFO or COO to help understand what types of resource and staffing opportunities are available for that quarter so that you can better start the hiring the process and itemize budget for each potential hire that is required in the environment.

author: patrick algrim
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Patrick Algrim is an experienced executive who has spent a number of years in Silicon Valley hiring and coaching some of the world’s most valuable technology teams. Patrick has been a source for Human Resources and career related insights for Forbes, Glassdoor, Entrepreneur, Recruiter.com, SparkHire, and many more.


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