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All that is standing in the way of your next HR job is the interview….

When applying for any HR role, no matter what level you’re at, you’re bound to be asked some competency-based questions. With over 12 years of experience specialising in HR recruitment, our HR team have prepared a list of the most frequently asked competency-based interview questions for HR interviews.

Our favourite competency-based interview questions for HR

  1. “Name an instance when you have had a negative reaction from one of your procedures and policies that you have implemented and what did you do to rectify the situation?”

  2. “Give an example of a time you have dealt with a conflict between employees and what did you do in this situation?”

  3. “Tell me about a time when you have dealt with a complex Employee Relations case, and what was the outcome?”

  4. “Tell me about a time you have had to have a difficult conversation with a manager?”

  5. “Tell me about a time when you have had to influence a manager round to your way of thinking”

  6. “Tell me about a time when you have had to manage a busy workload and meet expectations on delivery.

  7. “Tell me about a time when you have helped another group entity in a consultative way to shape a proposal or decide on an issue.”

  8. “How do you measure HR’s actions and how do they influence a commercial outcome?”

  9. "Tell me about a time when you have had to negotiate a salary change with a manager, what was the outcome?"

How to answer competency-based interview questions

To answer any of the above competency-based questions, we recommend that you approach them by following the 4 step STAR technique.

You may be familiar with the STAR method as it is a tried and tested method for answering competency-based interview questions effectively. Here’s an explanation of how the STAR technique works.

STAR is used to structure your answers into 4 core steps:

S - Situation – Describe the situation

T - Task – What was your task? What were YOU responsible for?

A – Action – What action(s) did YOU take

R- What were the results?

For more information on theSTAR technique, including the #1 tip to make you stand out at the interview, read more guidance here.

Need further advice on preparing for your next interview?

So, you’ll have the competency-based interview questions for your HR interview nailed, but what about the rest of the interview? Preparing people for interviews is something that we do every day. With this in mind, we thought we’d share our top tips for how to prepare for a job interview and give yourself the best possible chance of landing your dream job in 2021.

Download our comprehensive guide topreparing for your next job interview.

Read our short blog outlining the four steps you can take today to prepare for your interview.

Are you now ready to put those polished interview skills to the test? Check out our wide range of available HR roles.