List of HR Coordinator Interview Questions to Ask

The interview is the single most important candidate selection tool after the application and/or resume. All candidates should have the opportunity to answer the same questions and be allotted the same amount of time so you can evaluate them based on standard criteria.

This is where structured interviews come in. In a structured interview, questions are determined in advance and consistent. Based on the qualifications you’re looking for, your HR Coordinator interview questions should be open-ended but also structured so that candidates may provide specific information that will distinguish them from the other candidates you’re interviewing for the position. Asking the right questions during the interview is crucial to selecting the right candidates to hire.

What Does an HR Coordinator Do? 

A true administrative position, the HR Coordinator has responsibility for filing, maintaining reports, processing payroll and typically the scheduling of interviews, as well as participating in the interview process. HR Coordinators might plan and organize events, develop email content for newsletters and other inter-office communication within the department and the company. Their roles are focused on administration providing a valuable service to the organization in maintaining order and a system for everything. They are hourly non-exempt workers.

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List of Interview Questions for Human Resources Coordinator Position

Below are a list of Interview questions for a Human Resources Coordinator position to get you started. You can access our downloadable resource called for more interview tips and downloadable interview forms to use during the hiring process.

1) If someone asked you for assistance with a matter that is outside the parameters of your  job description, what would you do?

2) Tell me about a time when you were a part of a great team. What was your part in making the team effective?

3) Describe your experience working with highly confidential information. How would you handle an employee who requests “confidential” information from you?

4) What methods do you use to make decisions? When do you find it most difficult to make a decision?

5) Describe how you like to be managed, and the best relationship you’ve had with a previous boss.

6) Describe an ideal work environment or “the perfect job.”

7) What would you have liked to do more of in your last position? What held you back?

8) After learning about this opportunity, what made you take the next step and apply for the job?

9) Tell me about a personal or career goal that you have accomplished and why that was important to you.

10) Explain the phrase “work ethic” and describe yours.

Once the interviews for the job are completed, it’s up to you and your team to decide on which of your top prospects is the one that you are going to offer the HR Coordinator job. The key when interviewing and selecting  is to be sure of the requirements of the job truly are. You want to ensure you hire for the most important skills.

Grab our downloadable HR Assistant Interview Guide along with a handful of other helpful human resources interview questions guides to help staff up your HR team.

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Jessica Miller-Merrell

Learn more about Jessica Miller-Merrell, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, the founder of Workology, a workplace HR resource, and the host of the Workology Podcast. More of her blogs can be found here.


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