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50 questions to ask candidates in an application form.

Not sure what questions to ask in your application form? Here are 50 that will help you get to know your candidates on multiple levels: personal, professional and more.

Your application form plays an important role in your hiring process. It can help you get the information you need to make a thoughtful decision about which candidates to move forward with. It can also play a role in creating a great candidate experience. You can do this by asking good, fun and effective questions. Here's a list of 50 to get you inspired.

Not sure how to set up an application form? Have a look at our article: A great application form: a joy for candidates and a solution for hiring chaos.

Are you further along in your hiring process and looking for interview questions? Have a look at our Job Interviewing Guide.

1. Questions to get to know your candidate's personality

These questions will help you to see who your candidate is, beyond their qualifications and motivation. Gain a full picture of them by adding one of these questions to your application form:

  • Who inspires you in your work and why?
  • What is an unusual habit or absurd thing you love that will make us remember you?
  • What are you reading right now?
  • What was the last thing you nerded out about?
  • Send us your favorite meme.
  • What's something outside of your work that you're passionate about?
  • Describe your character in a couple of sentences.
  • What do you listen to while you work?
  • What do you work towards in your free time.

2. Questions to find out if your candidate is a value-fit

To be able to evaluate how well your candidate's values, ambitions and beliefs align with the company, throw in one or two of these questions:

  • Which one of our company values do you identify with the most and why?
  • Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
  • What's you ideal work environment?
  • What's one of the most valuable lessons you've learned in your career. How would you apply it in this role?
  • What would you like us to know about you?
  • What are you good at, but don't really want to do anymore?
  • What motivates you to do your best work?
  • What's the biggest mistake you've made in your career and how did you handle it?
  • Among the people you've worked with, who do you admire and why?
  • Looking back on the last three years of your career, what’s the highlight?
  • What do you think you can achieve in this role that you can't at other companies?
  • What will you add to our company culture?
  • When was the last time you changed your mind about something and why?
  • What's the most important thing you've learned from a co-worker and how do you apply that in your work?
  • Is it better to do work that's perfect but late, or good and on time?
  • What feedback have you gotten that was difficult to hear and why?
  • Give an example of when you took initiative when it wasn't expected of you.
  • Why do you want to work here?

3. Questions to find out how well your candidate fits the role

These questions will help to find out if their experience and skills align with those of the role you're hiring for.

  • If anything was possible, what would you do to improve our company?
  • What's your favorite piece of work you've done and how long did it take to complete?
  • What skills would you want to develop in this role?
  • What would be the first thing you change about our product?
  • What is it about this role that you think makes it a good fit for you?
  • What's the greatest achievement in your career up until now?
  • What do you want to do differently in your next job compared to your current job?
  • What are the characteristics of your ideal next role?
  • What's the impact you would have on the company in the first year?
  • What's your super power?
  • What are you better at than anyone else?
  • What challenges are you looking for in your next job?
  • What's a goal you set that you didn't meet and why?

4. Questions to test you candidates affinity with your industry

Industry knowledge might be an important factor to weigh into your decision about who to move forward with. These questions can help to gauge what they know.

  • How do you like to keep up with trends and industry knowledge?
  • What interests you about our industry?
  • What recent industry developments are you excited about, and why?
  • What magazines/blogs/publications do you like to read?

5. Questions to gather practical information you might need

Don't forget the practical stuff! If there are deal breakers —like not being eligible to work in the country your company is located— then go ahead and ask about them. This way you won't waste your or the candidate's time.

  • What are your salary expectations?
  • Are you eligible to work in the country we're located?
  • Could we have permission to contact your current or former employer as a reference?
  • When would you be able to start?
  • Do you have any questions for us?

Have you picked your questions? Great! Add them to a modern, friendly and customizable application form that you can create with Homerun.

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