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Human Resources Interview Questions

Listed below are possible interview questions you may be asked in the interview for a position in human resources.  

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The HR Professional Interview Guide answers the toughest interview questions from the HR professional's interview, 3 mock interviews and in addition over 200 possible interview questions organized by 30 different HR subject areas including:

  • Americans With Disabilities Act

  • Compensation, wage and salary administration and incentives

  • Employee retention

  • Human resource policies, procedures and administration

  • Recruitment

Search for current trends and subject areas for your Human Resources Professional interview:

American with Disabilities Act

  1. What is the Americans with Disabilities Act?

  2. What are the components of the Americans with Disabilities Act?

  3. What experience have you had in handling complaints related to the Americans with Disabilities Act?

  4. How would you handle a complaint from an employee under the Americans with Disabilities Act?

  5. What are the governing principles under "reasonable accommodation"?

Disability/Worker's Compensation

  1. What factors qualify an individual as having a disability?

  2. What is disability?

  3. What is Workers Compensation?


  1. Tell us about a situation where you counseled a supervisor on discipline?

  2. What are the benefits of progressive discipline?


  1. Describe the grievance process.

  2. What is a grievance?

  3. Tell us about your experience in handling grievances.


  1. What are the pros and cons of a team interview?

  2. Name five illegal interview questions.

  3. How steps would you take in improving our supervisors' ability to hire the best possible candidates?

Labor Relations

  1. What experience have you with the meet and confer process?

  2. Tell us about your experience in labor negotiations.

  3. What is an "agency shop"?

  4. What experience have you had in handling a complaint regarding an "illegal labor practice"?

  5. What is "mutual gains negotiation"?


  1. What are the components of an effective performance review program?

  2. Tell us about an instance where you were required to introduce and explain a performance review program to employees.

  3. Tell us about a performance review program that you developed and implemented.

Personnel Policies, Procedures and Administration

  1. What experience have you had in personnel administration?

  2. Tell us about the personnel functions that you have been responsible for.

  3. Tell us about a time when you advised a supervisor and the supervisor chose to ignore your counsel.  Knowing what you know today, what would you have done differently?


  1. As you are well aware there is a shortage of information technology professionals.  What steps can we take to attract qualified information technology professionals?

  2. What role does the social media have in recruiting?

  3. Name five recruitment incentives that can improve our company's competitive recruiting position.
    Stock options, signing bonus, flextime, telecommuting, high salaries.


  1. What tools do you use in determining the salary for a position?

Sexual Harassment

  1. What is sexual harassment?

  2. Name the forms of sexual harassment.
    Verbal, physical, visual, hostile environment.

  3. What methods would you recommend for educating our employees regarding the company's sexual harassment policy?

Suggestion Plan

  1. What are the benefits of a suggestion plan?

  2. One of the difficulties our company has is evaluating suggestions in a timely manner.  What changes would you make to expedite evaluations?

  3. Your organization has implemented an employee involvement program. What are some of the measurements that may be used to determine the success of the program?

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