Personnel Clerk Interview Questions and Answers

Updated on: January 5, 2017

Even when interviews are professional, they have a certain personal quality to them.

Your innermost thoughts and your ability to work professionally are aspects that you would want the interviewer to know – and judge.

Where interviewers are concerned, judgement is a given.

How you present yourself at the interview, and the amount of information that you can elicit matters.

Being knowledgeable about the work that you will be expected to perform is important before you go in for an interview.

Here is a set of interview questions and answers to help you gain a personnel clerk position:

 

Personnel Clerk Interview Questions and Answers

How important do you think is the position of a personnel clerk in the human resource department?
I would deem a personnel clerk’s position to be of great importance within a human resource department. This is because personnel clerks perform all the work, based on which other human resource work is planned and executed.

What are the duties of a person working as a personnel clerk?
Apart from handling various typical clerical and administrative duties, a personnel clerk is expected to review time sheets and work charts, verify attendance and hours worked, process and issue employee paychecks, and record employee information such as exemptions, transfers and resignations.

What skills do you believe a personnel clerk needs in order to be able to do justice to this work?
Deep knowledge of personnel policies and collective bargaining agreements, human resource practices and techniques and insight into handling employees’ benefits are just some of the skills that one must possess when working as a personnel clerk. In addition to this, one has to be able to exercise independent judgement, be comfortable with learning and adapting to new technologies, able to handle personnel paperwork, and exceptional organizational skills are also important.

Can you recall a time when you accomplished something that had a great positive effect on the company or department that you were working for?
As a matter of fact, I recently managed to replace the old personnel record keeping system with a new one, which increased information pulling efficiency by 85%. This was a feat that many personnel staff members had been attempting to do for a long time, but had not been successful due to some constraints that I happened to handle appropriately.

What is your greatest strength when it comes to working as a personnel clerk?
I believe that my greatest strength is my ability to get along with people from all walks of life. This makes it easy for me to do my work as I can obtain information on my terms, which makes it easy for me to perform my work in a timely manner.

And your greatest weakness would be?
I consider my greatest weakness to be this urge to do more when I know I have exhausted my resources. This means that I am seldom happy with what I have done, even when the results show that I have done a great job. I am working on it to make sure that it does not interfere with my future goals.