Application Form

Use application form questions to sort the heros from the zeros and make sure your screening stages are super smooth.

Why questions on job application forms make hiring easier

Pre-empt the basics with on-point questions in your next job app form. 

These questions can:

  • Create a super-focused applicant pool based on skills and experience
  • Spot deal-breakers
  • Identify high-quality candidates

Top tip: You can also use assignments during the hiring process to check in for certain qualities and their on-the-job skills.

These tests won’t represent a full picture, but you can combine these with pre-employment assessments to get a full view.

Job application form questions

Questions on general employment

  • Are you looking for full-time employment, part-time or either?
  • What’s your availability? Can you work [these dates]?
  • When’s the earliest you can start work?
  • How much notice do you need to give your current employer?
  • What are your salary expectations?
  • Are you eligible to work in [this country]?
  • Would you consider relocating? If so, what’s your availability?
  • What’s your set up for remote working?
  • Are you available/willing to travel?
  • Are you willing to take a drug test as part of this hiring process?
  • Are you willing to undergo a background check?

Questions on candidate skill and qualifications

  • Do you have experience using [this] software for [this] reason?
  • Which software have you used that’s relevant to this role.
  • What level would you say your ability to speak/write [this] language is? 
  • Do you have a valid driver’s licence?
  • Tell us about a favorite project of yours relevant to this role. 
  • Can you provide a sample of your work? 

Cultural fit questions

  • What drew you to this role?
  • What excites you about our company?
  • Does this position fit in with your long-term goals?

General questions

  • Where did you hear about this job?
  • Please send us the deets of 2-3 referees.

How to ace your application form questions

  • Stick to the basics: These qs are just to give you an idea of candidate fit—you can dig down properly later. 
  • Hold onto ‘maybes’: Even if your candidate doesn’t exactly match your requirements, keep them as a ‘maybe’. For example if their salary expectations are only slightly higher than what the role offers, they might still be interested. 
  • Focus on necessity: If you definitely need a particular certificate for this role, ask if they have it. Otherwise, don’t bother. 

Candidates to avoid

  • They don’t have the basics: If there are things this role can’t do without, avoid candidates who can’t deliver. 
  • Mismatched salary expectations:You can negotiate with candidates whose salary expectations are slightly higher than you’re offering, but if it’s too high, drop them now to avoid wasted time. 
  • Inflexible candidates: If the role involves shift work but the candidate isn’t flexible, it won’t be a fit. 
  • They skip questions: Avoid candidates who skip questions on their application form—they’re either not interested in the role or they don’t know their stuff.  

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