Application Form Interview Questions

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

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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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