Interview Selection and Question Preparation

Interview Selection and Question Preparation


Interview Selection and Question Preparation

Mary Heather Pruitt

HRM300 – Principles of Human Resource Management

Colorado State University – Global Campus

Dr. Kyle Steadham

June 24, 2018

Interview Selection and Question Preparation

The human resource department is a critical element and an important strategic component of the organization’s success. This is because it deals with a company’s most important asset; the employees (Bratton & Gold, 2017). For purposes of completing this task as part of my final portfolio project, I chose to interview an HR manager employed at Hall Ambulance Service in Bakersfield, California. Her name is Anna Aguilera. We have been friends for a while, and she has been my co-worker for the last few years. She started working with the company in 2014 as an HR assistant and was promoted to manager in 2015. Her duties include collecting data, organizing and entering the information regarding employees’ who call in sick, take disability or other types of leave, vacation, and no-shows. She is also involved with the strategic decision making of the organization. Other roles include interacting and collecting employee feedback on pertinent company concerns, advocating for employees within top management and conflict resolution among others. The company’s strategy is to identify and provide direction to the staff on the activities, initiatives, functions, and programs needed to achieve the best services for the community.

To achieve the purpose of the portfolio project specific questions have been selected for the interview in order to obtain information that uncovers the current alignment of the human resource department with the organizational goals. The following questions will be asked during the interview;

1. What are your organization’s vision, mission, and strategic goals?

2. How do the strategic goals of the organization affect the human resource department?

3. What are the main roles of the human resource department in the organization

4. Do you have any pre-set guidelines for hiring?

5. How would you describe the process of hiring at Hall Ambulance?

6. Is the human resource department flexible at your organization? Do you adopt any suggestions or recommendations from associates or colleagues outside the department when considering who to hire for a given job position?

7. What do you think of the current supply of labor?

8. How does the supply of labor affect your organization?

9. How do you plan to strike a balance between the future demands for labor and the current labor supply?

10. How does the human resource department budget align with the organizations budget?

11. Do you receive any support from top management in aligning human resource processes, practices, and employees with the goals, vision, and mission of the organization?

12. How does your organizations hiring and onboarding processes ensure that top talent is selected?

13. How does the hiring process and on-boarding process promote the company culture and business goals?

14. Do you have an employee appraisal program? How does the appraisal program motivate the top employees to ensure that the process continues?

15. How do your human resource procedures and policies communicate to match with the organization’s goals and strategies?

16. Do you think that the current human resource team has the expertise to create an employee-human resource experience that promotes the organization’s mission, goals, and strategies?

17. Do you believe that company success depends on the human resource functions?

18. How much do you think your current human resource team contributes to the company success?

The questions for the interview are subject to slight changes in order to fit the mood among other factors during the interview.


Bratton, J., & Gold, J. (2017). Human resource management: theory and practice. Palgrave.

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