job interview in a small company. A man tries to convince the panel of three interviewers of his HR skillsHR generalists are responsible for a huge variety of tasks, and they need certain skills and abilities to take care of their working duties.

The variety is reflected also in a typical interview process for this position. You will have to deal with many behavioral and job-specific questions. On the top of that you can expect one or two personality tests. It is an only way how we can assess your readiness for the job, and whether you have the skills.

Experience matters a lot as well. If you have worked in HR before, your chances to succeed in this interview will be much better. Nevertheless, you can succeed even without experience. You will just have to convince us of your abilities. Let’s have a look at the common questions.

Questions we will ask you in your interview

  • Why do you want to work in HR?
  • Why HR generalist?
  • What motivates you in work?
  • How would you motivate an employee to work harder?
  • Have you ever interviewed anyone for a job? What questions did you use in the interview?
  • If you were advertising a job offer, what would you emphasize in the offer?
  • Do you have any experience with payroll?
  • What would motivate you to offer someone a raise?
  • How would you feel about dismissing someone you had good relationship with?
  • Do you know anything about HR planning?
  • What is your opinion on labor relations?
  • How important do you consider collecting data and creating reports on staff performance?
  • four nervous job applicants wait for their time with the employer. they sit on black chairs, holding resumes in their hands.How would you recruit the best talent?
  • Have a look at this working contract. What would you improve on it, trying to make it better from the perspective of the employer?
  • You are trying to sign a new contract with a loyal employee. They are not satisfied with the salary offer, but you can not offer them more. What would you do to try to convince them to sign the contract and to stay with the company?
  • What are your strengths and weaknesses? What do you think is easier – to recognize your own weaknesses, or weaknesses of someone else?
  • What is your opinion on the diversity in the workplace?
  • What is your opinion on the discrimination in the workplace? Do you have any experience with that?
  • Describe a situation when you had a conflict with one of your colleagues.
  • Describe a situation when you struggled to communicate something to your colleague. How did you manage to get your message over?
  • Why should we hire you, and not one of the other applicants?


HR generalist is a great job, but you will have to prepare for your interview. Your answers to the technical (job-specific) questions depend on your experience, and your attitude to various issues and HR tasks. Try to think abut them before an interview, and practice your answers with a friend (or at least in front of a mirror).

For great answers to screening and behavioral questions, you can check our Interview Success Package. Alternatively you can have a look at one of the following articles: