When HR professionals and hiring managers interview potential new hires they assess a candidate against a list of key skills and personal characteristics they feel are necessary for the job. Flip the tables and you can see a list of key attributes that make up the ideal HR professional - attributes that companies like to see.
Organization - HR specialists need to have an orderly approach to work. Even entry level human resource jobs require strong time management skills, personal efficiency and the ability to accurately organize files. This is necessary because you're dealing with people's lives and careers, so understanding organization is critical.
Multitasking - On any typical day, even an entry level human resource specialist will deal with employee personal issues, intermittent leave, recruiting, benefit questions, payroll and more. With HR if it's not one thing it's another. Your resume and interview should show that you're capable of multi-tasking with a lot of critical tasks.
The Grey Areas - A lot of Hr issues tend to fall into the grey area - is it actually discrimination, was there reasonable accommodation, how far do you have to lean to approve intermittent leave. Being able to professionally navigate grey areas and know what resources to tap for additional help (experts, legal, etc) is very important.
Negotiation - HR often leads to opposing views on various topics, so being able to negotiate as well as compromise and find acceptable middle ground so that all parties are satisfied is a key part of human resources. Having the ability to negotiate and recognize both sides is an important skill.
Communication - HR must be able to communicate in all directions using a variety of channels. This includes in writing, via email, via phone, through conference calls, and at private company events or public events with small and large crowds. A good candidate is proficient and comfortable in all of those situations and can communicate effectively.
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