Last updated on March 17th, 2020 at 06:51 am

Four job candidates are nervously waiting for their training specialist interview, The hold resumes in hands, and sit on black chairs.Training specialist trains new hires, conduct orientation sessions, help the employees to improve on their skills, and evaluate the effectiveness of training programs.

It is an interesting and rewarding position, but you will have to pass a difficult interview to get this job.

The typical interview process for training specialist consists in three sessions.

  • A brief phone interview with HR manager or HR generalist (screening questions),
  • A face to face session with HR manager or external recruiter (behavioral and technical questions)
  • A personality test (optional but common in big companies).

In many cases though, you will deal with all questions in a single interview session. Let’s have a look at some of them now, and how you should answer them.


Common interview questions for training specialist

How would you identify the training needs?

Without a proper skills gap analysis, we can hardly do a good job. Stress the importance of this step, and demonstrate your knowledge of most common tools that help us to understand the level of desired skills of new hires, such as assessments, practical case studies, interviews, performance reviews feedback, etc.

Do not forget the very first step (which is often forgotten by HR professionals), the proper understanding of desired skills for each given position, the so-called “ideal candidate/employee profile”.


How would you train a new sales person?

Hiring an excellent salesman is one of the toughest tasks in recruitment. Training someone to become a good salesman is not much easier.

Despite of that, many companies follow similar road: They will hire anyone with motivation and decent communication skills, for an entry level sales position. Then they hope that the Training Specialists will turn these people into top-notch salesmen.

In my opinion that’s not possible. But your success in an interview is not about my opinions… It’s about convincing the employer that you can do whatever they expect from you.

Talk about the training, step by step, and do not forget to mention that successful salesmen from the company should lead the training (or at least prepare the training material).


Can you create training materials from scratch?

In an ideal case you should give them an example how you did this before—how you designed training materials from scratch.

But even if you have no experience, you should show confidence in your abilities. Say that you consider yourself a creative person, and should not struggle with creating training manuals from scratch. Once you understand the training needs and goals you want to achieve, you should be able to put together decent materials.


Why do you think you can be a good training specialist?

You should say that you have good communication skills, can recognize the weaknesses and the strengths of other people in the team, and know how to help them to improve on their weaknesses. You can also say that you love the nature of the job, and that you have relevant experience (if true).

You should show some confidence while answering this interview question. Show them that you believe in your skills, and they will also start believing in them.

Special Tip: You can download the full list of questions in a simple one page long PDF, a practice your interview answers anytime later:

training specialist interview pdf

Behavioral questions

Apart from the technical (role-specific) questions, you will have to deal with difficult behavioral questions, questions that examine your attitude and approach to various situations that do happen in a job of a training specialist. For example:

  • Describe a situation when you were under pressure in work.
  • What’s the most challenging training scenario you have faced? What did you do?
  • Describe a conflict you had with your colleague, someone you were training.
  • Describe a situation when you reached a goal and tell us how you achieved it.
  • Describe a situation when you had to motivate someone in work, for example one of the new hires.
  • Describe a time when you struggled to communicate something to your colleague, one of the new hires. How did you manage to get your message over?
  • Describe a difficult decision you had to make in your professional career. How did making this decision affect you?
  • Describe the biggest failure of your professional career.
  • ….


Great answers to 25 difficult questions for Training Specialists

Man tries to explain his attitude to wortk in his answer to one of the behavioral questions.Speaking from my interviewing experience, most applicants for HR jobs struggle with behavioral questions, which leads to their failure in an interview.

If you are also not sure how to answer these questions, have a look at a eBook I wrote for you, the Training Specialist Interview Guide.

In the eBook you will find brilliant answers to 25 difficult interview questions for Training Specialist, and also a guide on how to make the best possible impression on the hiring managers.

Some questions are answered directly on the eBook page, so even if you do not want to buy anything, you can at least use these answers to help you in an interview. Check them out here. Thank you!


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