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Try a mock interview for personnel / HR management, answering typical questions and also getting tips on how you should answer. There are also other questions students have been asked at HR interviews.


PERSONNEL MANAGERS must be good at LISTENING when interviewing people for jobs, and also at WRITING reports. They need to be able to ANALYSE the requirements for a particular job (rather like this!) and to MAKE DECISIONS on who to invite for interview. They must CO-OPERATE with other managers when dealing with staff problems in their particular departments and must be able to PLAN ahead to predict future needs for training and recruitment.

Employers will be looking to see how you can talk about and demonstrate these skills at your interview. The sort of evidence you could offer includes:

Before you arrive ...

Before your interview research the company. Initial interviews may be held on campus or at head office. Second interviews are typically selection centres where you will take part in group exercises with other candidates. You may get spatial, numeracy and logical reasoning tests - the Careers Service has examples of these at Also see our Interview Reports

There follow some of the questions that might be specifically asked of students at interviews for jobs in personnel, Human Resource Management and related areas. General interview questions are not asked here, so you might also like to try the general or multiple choice interviews as well for standard interview questions that can be thrown at any candidate. Click on "First Question" to begin. Think carefully about how you would answer, then click on "Show Answer Tips" to get an idea of how you should be answering.


Other questions students have been asked at personnel management interviews

If you have been to an interview or assessment centre recently please fill in our interview report form to help other students.

Competency Questions. See our competency applications and interviews page for help with these.

Commercial awareness questions. Make sure you do LOTS of research! See our Commercial Awareness page for help with answering these questions

Tests given to candidates

Group exercises

Presentations. See our presentation skills page

Tips from interviewees


Back to the mock interviews menu or Answers to 150 common interview questions