At Accenture, hiring is an ongoing process. One of the world’s largest consulting firms constantly seeks out the very best people and talent, regardless of gender, race, religion, orientation, or nationality. If you’re applying for a job at Accenture, it’s important to remember that you aren’t in the driver’s seat till you clear the HR interview.
The HR interview at Accenture is as crucial as the technical interview and it is important to accord it due importance. While other interviews gauge your skills and accomplishments, the HR interview is conducted to check your background, judge your personality, strengths, weaknesses, capability to handle the role, and to determine whether you’re the right fit for the job and the company.
We take a look at the most common Accenture HR interview questions and answers and how you should approach them:
Why are you interested in this position?
There’s a simple way to handle this HR favourite. Underline your skills, highlight your skill set, and focus on how past experiences help you match the requirements for this role. Using keywords from the job description helps make the connection stronger; this also enables the HR manager to envision you in the role.
Tell me about yourself.
Instead of just giving a year-by-year chronological progression, experts recommend “a SWOT analysis within the context of the interview”. Begin by analyzing the sector, the company, and the job function and look for the opportunities to market yourself for the role.
Tell us about your achievements?
Speak about a couple of achievements that are recent and work-related. Identify the skills you used in the achievement and quantify the benefit – productivity, time or monetary - it brought to the company.
Why are you leaving your current job?
HR managers always ask this question to gauge if your departure has been fuelled by any particular problems. Are you leaving on good terms or bad? Do you want to escape from your current job or are you seeking new growth opportunities? Your answer should speak positively of your current employer/role, but reveal that you’re looking for the next step in your career. Don’t be negative, and never cite salary as your primary motivator.
Are you happy with your career and growth till now?
With this question the interviewer wants to know about your self-esteem, confidence, and career aspirations. The answer must be “yes” – that’s what the interviewer wants to hear - followed by an explanation of what has made you happy. What do you like about your present job?
What do you like/dislike about your current job?
These two are also HR staples that have straightforward answers. If you’re explaining why you like the job, try and align your “likes” with the skills the new job needs. Be passionate, but not over-enthusiastic - after all, you are looking to leave. When speaking about things you dislike, ensure that you don’t draw attention to weaknesses. Focus on one characteristic of your present role that has troubled you, but make sure your answer sets you apart as someone who takes problems and frustrations in your stride.
Do you have any questions for me?
It may seem like this question is just one of those queries interviewers raise, but you always, always have questions to ask. Smart, strategic questions can benefit you as well as the HR manager – they display your enthusiasm and help position you as potentially valuable team members.
HR questions can span the gamut, so it’s important that you’re quick of mind and wise of tongue. Try framing answers to these before you head for your HR interview:
• What do you know about the company?• Tell me about your family background?• Tell me about your weaknesses. How do you work to improve on them?• Who is your role model? Why?• Where do you see yourself after 2 years?• What is your goal in life? • Why have you applied for this job?• What is the motivating factor for you at work?• If recruiting someone for this position, what qualities would you look for?• You have been working with the same company since a long time. Why?• You have been job-hopping in the last decade. Why is that? • Did you face any problems in your last role?• How do you handle criticism at work? • Tell us about your work/leadership style?• How would you handle a problem with your own performance? • How would you classify your style of management?• How would you work through a situation where your team does not perform as expected?• Have you ever had to fire anyone? How did you handle it?• Why should I hire you?
It’s extremely important at an HR interview to dress professionally, ensure positive body language, use appropriate language, and provide apt answers.
Best of luck!
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