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Interview Questions- Human Resource Management


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This presentation emphasizes about the types of interview questions asked at organisations.
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Interview Questions- Human Resource Management

  2. 2.  What is an interview?  Definition of interview.  Types of interview  Types of interview questions  Interview questions activity (11 questions)
  3. 3.  The word interview comes from Latin and middle French words meaning to “see between” or “see each other”.  Generally, interview means a private meeting between people when questions are asked and answered.  The person who answers the questions of an interview is called in interviewer.The person who asks the questions of our interview is called an interviewer.  It suggests a meeting between two persons for the purpose of getting a view of each other or for knowing each other.
  4. 4.  When we normally think of an interview, we think a setting in which an employer tries to size up an applicant for a job.  So, an interview is formal meetings between two people (the interviewer and the interviewee) where questions are asked by the interviewer to obtain information, qualities, attitudes, wishes etc. Form the interviewee.
  5. 5. According to Dr. S. M. Amunuzzaman, “Interview is a very systematic method by which a person enters deeply into the life of even a stranger and can bring out needed information and data for the research purpose.”
  6. 6.  There are many types of interviews that an organization can arrange. It depends on the objectives of taking the interview. Some important types of interviews are stated below: 1. Personal interviews: Personal interviews include:  Selection of the employees  Promotion of the employees  Retirement and resignation of the employees  Of course, this type of interview is designed to obtain information through discussion and observation about how well the interviewer will perform on the job.
  7. 7. 2. Structured interviews: Structured interviews tend to follow formal procedures; the interviewer follows a predetermined agenda or questions. 3. Unstructured interviews: When the interview does not follow the formal rules or procedures. It is called an unstructured interview.The discussion will probably be free flowing and may shift rapidly form on subject to another depending on the interests of the interviewee and the interviewer.
  8. 8. 4. Stress interviews: It is designed to place the interviewee in a stress situation in order to observe the interviewees reaction. 5. Informal or conversational interview: In the conversational interview, no predetermined questions are asked, in order to remain as open and adaptable a possible to the interviewee’s nature and priorities; during the interview the interviewer “goes with the flow”.
  9. 9. 1. Direct Questions: These types of questions predetermine the focus of your answer. e.g. "What skills do you have that relate to this position".Your information should be clear and specific.These types of questions, whether they relate to technical or soft skills, should be easy to answer if you have completed the research on yourself.
  10. 10. 2. Non-Direct Questions Non-direct questions are general and do not ask for specific information. e.g. "Tell us a bit about yourself".You determine the focus of your answer. In response to this particular question, you should briefly summarize approximately four areas: education, experience, skills, and personal attributes. If possible, make your response relevant to the job you are seeking.
  11. 11. 3. Hypothetical or Situational Questions These questions use a problem solving approach to determine your analytical skills and critical thinking abilities.These "What if" questions are presented in the form of case examples or problem situations.You will be asked to imagine yourself experiencing a situation and will then be evaluated on how you would handle that situation. 4. Behaviourial Descriptive Questions: Behavioural questions offer the opportunity to provide examples of past performance that may help determine future performance. Interviewers are asking what you did in a particular situation rather than what you would do. e.g. "Tell us about a time when you displayed good leadership skills."Your answer could be delivered using the STAR model.  Situation  Task or Problem  Action  Result
  12. 12. Q1. Mrs. X meets a man at party who is the brother of the sister of her husband. How is the man related to X? A. Brother-in-law B. Brother C. Cousin D. Father
  13. 13.  ANSWER: OPTION A
  14. 14. Q2. The total of the ages of Amar, Akbar and Anthony is 80 years. What was the total of their ages three years ago ? A. 71 years B. 72 years C. 74 years D. 77 years
  15. 15. Answer: Option A Explanation: Required sum = (80 - 3 x 3) years = (80 - 9) years = 71 years.
  16. 16. Q3. 125, 80, 45, 20,? A. 5 B. 8 C. 10 D. 12
  17. 17.  Answer: Option A  Explanation: The pattern is - 45, - 35, - 25, ..... So, missing term = 20 - 15 = 5.
  18. 18. Q4. If 7 spiders make web in 7 days, then 1 spider will make 1 web in how many days? A. 1 B. 7/2 C. 7 D. 49
  19. 19. ANSWER: Option C Explanation: Let the required number of days be x Less spiders, more days (indirect proportion) Less webs, Less Days (direct proportion) Spiders 1 : 7 Webs 7 : 1 1 x 7 x X = 7 x 1 x 7 x= 7
  20. 20.  Answer : Five minutes toTen  Explanation : Start with the top left clock face, and move around the others clockwise. The minute hand moves backwards by 15 minutes, then 20, then 25 etc, while the hour hand moves forward 2 hours, then 3, then 4 etc.
  21. 21. Q6. If a supervisor asks you to change the way your job is performed even though you know you were doing it right, what would you do?
  22. 22. Q7. How do you feel about reporting to a boss younger than you or if she is a lady boss?
  23. 23. Q8.Would you rather be liked or respected?
  24. 24. Q9. If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be?
  25. 25. Q10.You're a new addition to the crayon box, what colour would you be and why? (This question was asked at Apple Inc.)