Hiring Guide

HR Coordinator

Specific duties of a HR Coordinator can vary from business to business — along with factors like company culture, work environment, and team dynamics — it’s vital to tailor any job description and interview content to your company’s needs and expectations.

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Why you should hire an HR Coordinator

HR Coordinators provide administrative support for HR departments. They assist with recruitment and hiring, maintaining employee records, administering employee programs and payroll processing for effective HR functioning.

In this hiring guide, we'll provide everything you need to hire a great HR Coordinator.

Top skills for HR Coordinators


Organizational Skills
Attention to Detail

HR Expertise and Knowledge

Labor/Employment Law
Talent Management

Teamwork and Collaboration

Verbal/Written Communication
Managing Expectations

Program Evaluation

Critical/Analytical Thinking
Data Management
Performance Management

Sample HR Coordinator job description

HR Coordinators are responsible for developing, implementing and evaluating processes and procedures regarding organizational personnel. They perform human resource tasks such as recruitment, hiring, training, onboarding, employee relations, as well as managing benefits and compensation. HR Coordinators may also specialize in one of such areas instead of performing general human resource tasks. Performing this role requires strong communication, a problem-solving orientation, and efficient organizational abilities.

Sample interview questions for HR Coordinators

Question 1

Imagine a hiring manager has asked you for help with developing a job description (or job posting). How would you provide support to help them accomplish this task?

Chantelle Perry
Senior HR Business Partner — 17 years experience

What does this question reveal?

Candidate has the ability to be supportive and share their expertise in developing job descriptions

Answer tips

  • Displays initiative and a willingness to help the hiring manager hire the ‘right’ person
  • Aims to support the hiring manager by alleviating the task burden
  • Suggests developing job description drafts to discuss with the hiring manager
  • Creates different options for criteria, behaviors and skill sets
  • Suggests examining previous exit interviews for a better understanding of job-person fit

Question 2

As an HR Specialist, you juggle a variety of duties, including meetings with leadership, fixing employee relations issues and designing HR strategies. How do you organize your work and deal with competing demands?

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Haya Bakour, MSc I/O Psychology

What does this question reveal?

Candidate has the ability to prioritize multiple tasks

Answer tips

  • Elaborates on their time management and prioritization techniques
  • Discusses planning and using calendars, time management tactics, apps, etc.
  • Prioritizes tasks based on business objectives and what is urgent/important
  • Discusses breaking down big tasks and delegating accordingly
  • Discusses blocking out time slots for tasks that require deep focus