Human resource management consistently ranks in industry polls as one of the best jobs in the country, based on three factors: pay, job growth, and quality of life. It is one of the most studied branches of business, and some noteworthy universities, including Cornell and the University of Illinois, devote entire colleges to it. Human resources managers perform a wide variety of tasks, from internal quality control to talent development to labor relations. As the Princeton Review points out, "[A human resources manager] is the last line of defense between a company and confusion." Therefore, the hiring process for a human resource manager must be done with the utmost care.
Effective human resource managers need to be well-versed in business and labor laws, general labor laws, and organizational behavior. The interconnected nature of the position makes social skills an important factor. A human resources manager must be able to communicate effectively across multiple platforms with various branches of an organization. Human resources managers must be prepared to deliver both negative and positive news. Candidates for the job need to be able to juggle day-to-day responsibilities, while at the same time work towards achieving the company's long-term goals.
Companies looking for HR Managers are searching for good critical thinkers who are also a quality match for nuanced managerial roles that also require extensive interpersonal skills. Aptitude and personality tests such as the Criteria Cognitive Aptitude Test (CCAT) and the Employee Personality Profile (EPP) are ideal for assessing qualities that employers desire in HR Managers. The CCAT measures critical thinking and problem-solving skills, while the EPP analyzes how well a candidate's personality matches up with a particular role.
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Rank in HireSelect:
35 out of 1,100
Median wage in U.S.:
$114,140/year or $54.88/hr
Expected growth rate 2012-2022:
Number employed (2014): 116,610
Education level of Human Resources Managers: