For hiring managers: best job interview questions for candidates

Candidates nowadays are already imbued and accustomed to the usual job interview questions. And the fact that they change their jobs every few years expands this even more. So, as a hiring manager, recruiter or HR professional, you should update and adjust the cliche questions every candidate hears during a job interview. A skillful interviewer will find out all the crucial details, and won’t get the candidate bored in the first 20 minutes.


At Marton Recruitment we’ve produced a handy list of interview questions to help you achieve your objectives. First, get to know your candidate, and second, make sure you keep your candidate engaged during the entire job interview, establishing a good image of your company, and provide all the relevant facts to the candidate.


In order to evaluate a candidate outside the usual interview questions, you can think about a few queries which will come across as invigorating and stimulating. Be creative, but determined too – have a clear idea about your candidate experience, skills, personality, and if there’s a culture fit or not.


Here are our proposals for the job interview questions. Be advised that they may need to be adapted accordingly to your role requirements, and type of organisation. The first 3 questions were voted by the majority of our recruitment team, and we would definitively recommend them. Intercalate classical, but useful questions, with more refreshing questions. Take only what suits your hiring process in order to assess the overall candidate quality.


For hiring managers: best job interview questions for candidates


  • What excites you most about this opportunity?

  • Why are you leaving your current employer?

  • What skill makes you the most qualified for this job?

  • What skills do you want to improve and how?

  • What’s the first thing you want to deal with if you have the job?

  • What slogan would best suit your personality?

  • Where do you want your career to go?

  • How do you define success?

  • What are your greatest strengths?

  • What are your greatest weaknesses?

  • What made you want to apply for this position?

  • What books did you read in the last 6 months?

  • What career accomplishment makes you most proud?

  • What are the first things you do at work in the morning?