How to Prepare for Your Interview as a Human Resources Candidate

It’s one of the biggest ironies in the world of human resources: human resources professionals are great when it comes to assessing candidates for positions, but they aren’t always the best at talking about their own skills, strengths, and accomplishments in an interview.

If you’re about to be interviewed for a human resources position, it’s important that you brush up on your interviewing skills so that you’re as prepared as possible. Here are three easy steps:

Research the Company

This one should be obvious, but it’s one of the most overlooked steps when it comes to interviewing with a new company. Researching the company’s objectives, as well as their current structure and employees, is an essential step for acing the interview. When researching the company you’re interviewing with, try to picture how your past experiences will help move their objective forward — bringing up those points in your interview will impress any hiring manager.

Write Down Your Qualifications and Strengths

It’s best to write down your qualifications, strengths, and most important experiences on paper. This helps you commit it to memory so that you can easily reference it when it comes to interview time. It’s easy to overlook your years of real-world experience in the human resources field but remember: those years make you the professional that you are. There’s no harm in highlighting your strengths and promoting your worth when you’re interviewing with a new company.

Think About What Sets You Apart

Last but not least, take some time to think about what sets you apart from the rest of the job candidate pool. There could be dozens, if not hundreds, of other candidates vying for the position you’re interviewing for. You must have some way to set yourself apart in the eyes of the hiring manager, whether it’s particularly relevant experience, a certification that you’ve achieved, or demonstrated leadership capabilities.

A final tip: it’s not enough to tell the hiring manager that you’re a “people person” or that “you love working with people.” Everyone in the HR field should like people — that doesn’t set you apart, and it simply sounds generic. Take time to think about why you do what you do, and be honest with the hiring manager. That makes a great impression and gets you that much closer to securing the job.

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