director of human resources interview questions shared by candidates
Tell me about a time when you were faced with politics in the office that threatened to derail a project.
Give a real life example.
Two colleagues got in a heated argument and refused to work with each other. They both had skills that were essential to completing a group project we were working on, so we couldn’t continue without their cooperation. I brought them into HR one at a time to speak to them one-on-one. I was able to resolve the issue between both of them by finding a middle ground.
My interviews with the recruiter, HR generalist, and with the HR Director in EMEA were as expected: the questions and conversations focused on past experience in program building, policy, employee relations, development, performance metrics, etc. I enjoyed my conversations with all three of these individuals. My interview with the CEO was bizarre at best. He clearly sees this role as primarily the head of recruiting (completely incongruous with the job description and conversations had with the recruiter and other HR professionals on the team) whose job it should be to be in the interviews for every single candidate that gets hired - which is ridiculous, not to mention impossible at scale. I could go on about this single point for an hour. He then told me he wanted me to interview someone on his team and then tell him what that person's personality is, what their faults are. It was very odd and completely out of place. There was zero conversation about, or questions concerning what an HR Director should actually be doing and focusing on. Given that this role would be a first time senior hire in US HR for a company already at 500 employees, I was baffled by the complete disinterest in discussing actual HR. I walked out of that interview feeling like I had just visited the twilight zone.
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