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HR Supervisor

Complete with job descriptions, skill profiles, and interview templates. Use this HR Supervisor hiring guide to help you make the right decisions, fast.

HOW TO HIRE A HR Supervisor

What does a HR Supervisor do?

As a supervisor, you’ll report team and individual performance to senior management.This responsibility might include setting employee and team goals and choosing appropriate rewards for achievements.

HR Supervisors oversee a team of HR consultants/ advisors and they are their first point of contact for any escalations/ help and training.

Day to day tasks of a HR Supervisor

Skills assessment

HR Supervisor definition

A HR Supervisors’ primary responsibility is to lead a strong team of human resources and report to senior management with goals and ideas of change.They are the first point of call when implementing staff changes/ hiring/ escalating and resolving any workplace issues.

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HR Supervisor Hiring Process

Step 1: Understand the role
Step 2: Source Applicants
Step 3: Skills Assessment
Step 4: Interview
Step 5: Hire

Build the Ideal Candidate Profile​

To find the best person for the role, you need to understand what the role involves. You can complete this with the hiring manager to define the role, its contribution, and the skills needed.

Write A Job Description Based On Skills

Once you understand the requirements for the role, you’ll need to understand the skills for success. You can then write an effective job description to promote your role.

Selecting The Ideal Candidate

See which applicants have the right skills for the role. Send all your applicants a Vervoe skills assessment from the expert library, or customize one for your organization.

Interview Top Performers

Your skills assessment results will identify top performers. Focus your time on interviewing those that have met or exceeded your requirements. Assessment results will also help guide which skill areas to focus on in the interview.

Making An Offer

Once you assess your candidates against these skills, you’re ready to offer the top performer(s). You should base your offer on the value that the candidate would bring to your team and your business as a whole. It is also important to ensure your compensation and benefits packages are competitive in the industry and help you attract and retain the top talent.
Build the ideal candidate profile

Skills needed for a HR Supervisor

A HR Supervisor must be candidate-focussed and empathetic. Be a strong team leader and think on their feet. They must also have exceptional written and verbal communication skills. They must be able to counsel and guide managers on appropriate performance management measures and assist managers in writing corrective actions.

Pro Tip

For HR Supervisor roles, you’re likely to receive a smaller number of applications than you would for entry position roles. Ensure you provide details about what it’s like to work for your company, what skill set is required and your company’s values and beliefs.


How to write a HR Supervisor job description

Once you’ve determined the skills required for the role, you can write the job description to advertise for your position. Here’s what to include in your HR Supervisor job description:

Job Title: What position are you hiring for?

Summary: What makes your company unique? What would it be like to work for you?

Responsibilities: An overview of the role’s day-to-day activities, and how the position contributes to the organization

Requirements: Skills a candidate must have to perform the job successfully

Benefits: Details of compensation, benefits, and any perks on offer

Pro Tip

In building your candidate profile, remember you’ve already identified what skills are needed to succeed in the role. Here’s where to list your “must-have” skills and maybe a couple of “nice-to-have” skills. For example, a HR Supervisor must be able to come up with solutions and think on their feet, but it would be nice to have someone who allows others to come up with solutions to show growth.

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Sample skill tests for a HR Supervisor

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Question 1

Problem Solving

Question Type: Audio

Someone in your team has been in several training sessions, but is still having a hard time getting to grips with HR processes.

How would you handle this situation?

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Question 2


Question Type: Audio

What 3 skills do you consider to be important to be a respected leader?

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Question 3


Question Type: Text

You have come up with a new idea to change a process in work which you think may make some task more time efficient and easy to manage.

How would you present this to your senior manager confidently?


How to interview a HR Supervisor

Once your Vervoe skills assessment has surfaced the most qualified people for your open role, you can focus on interviewing these candidates. The interview should focus on any skills that require development that were highlighted from the skills assessment.

Now you know that candidates can do the job, the interview becomes more of a relationship building exercise where you can get to know the candidate on a more personal level, understand their motivations, and how they would fit in with the team.

Making An Offer

How much does it cost to hire a HR Supervisor?

The US average for a HR Supervisor is $60,829 according to while the reported average salary on Glassdoor amounts to $60,056. The lowest paid ten percent is paid up to $38,000.

HR Supervisor Salary United States

HR Supervisor salaries in the United States range from $38,000 – $105,000 (USD). HR Supervisor salaries in the U.S vary a lot depending on the industry and the nature of the HR Supervisor location.

Source: Glassdoor

HR Supervisor Salary United Kingdom

HR Supervisor salaries in the United Kingdom range from £16,000 – £52,000 (GBP). HR Supervisor salaries in the UK vary largely based on location and company.

Source: Glassdoor

HR Supervisor Salary Australia

HR Supervisor salaries in Australia range from $70,000 – $111,000 (AUD). HR Supervisor salaries usually depend on the location and company worked for.

Source: Glassdoor