questions to ask candidates at interview

Top 40 questions to ask candidates during an interview – FREE eBook

When hiring a new employee, it is important to ask the right questions.

But how do you really dig into what makes someone tick as an employee, and how do you determine if they’ll be a good fit for your business — not only in terms of their skills, but also their personality, and as a part of your company culture?

To help you come up with the perfect list of interview questions to ask potential employees, we’ve come up with 40, and divided this list into five categories; basic interview questions, behavioural interview questions, salary & career development questions and getting started questions. Pick and choose a handful that feel most applicable from each list.

Complete the below form and your eBook, with 40 questions you can ask candidates during an interview will be in your inbox in minutes.

Happy interviewing 🚀

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    How we differ from a recruitment agency

    Our digital recruitment advertising platform is unique, and we often get asked, what is the difference  between using Blue Rocket to using a traditional recruitment agency.

    Blue Rocket is different (better) in so many ways.

    Having worked in recruitment for over 20 years, we knew recruitment was broken, so we have fixed it and launched Blue Rocket Recruitment. Our mission is to save you time & money by simplifying the recruitment process. No contracts. No commissions. Low cost, with a one-off payment of just £399.

    Here are the 4 main differences:

    Agency Fees – There is none. No paying 16% or more of the successful hire’s first year’s salary, which results in £1000s. Once more, you can make multiple hires from any one campaign and not have to pay a penny more.

    Maximum Exposure – We use all the leading job boards such as, CV Library & Total Jobs, as well as more niche & location specific job boards, plus aggregators such as indeed and of course social media. We advertise your role across over 800 platforms. A typical agency will rely on just 1 or 2 (to save money).

    Full Transparency & Brand Protection – We represent you, the employer and not the applicants we attract. This means the candidates are yours, so you are in complete control of all communication with them, so you can protect your employer brand, and ensure a great candidate experience.

    Candidates Not Pitched Other Roles – Recruitment agencies, due to the nature of the no placement, no fee model, send the same candidates they have sent to you, to your competition. This maximises their chance of a placement, plus in some cases they try to persuade the candidate to accept a job in which they would earn the higher fee. With Blue Rocket, every candidate that applies to your role is yours and will go straight into your candidate dashboard, in which no other clients have access to. They certainly will not be contacted or pitched any other roles from us.

    So, in a nutshell – if you have a job which you need to fill quickly and want to access the leading job boards & online recruitment platforms, for a fraction of the price of using an agency or buying the media directly (just £399), then call either myself or one of our friendly team on 023 8033 6633 or email

    All the best,

    Steve Wyeth

    Founder 🚀

    Online Recruitment Advertising - Blue Rocket

    Save £1000s in recruitment costs, without sacrificing top talent

    For most companies, recruitment can take a big chunk out of your budget, especially if you use a recruitment agency, which could cost you anything upwards of £3K in fees.

    One of the key factors in making recruitment a success is hiring great candidates from the start. This will save you a lot of time, expense and headaches down the line. For this reason, many owners and hiring managers feel they must go to an agency to find the best talent available, but this simply isn’t true.

    Having worked in recruitment for nearly 20 years, mostly in agency recruitment, I am not going to sit here and bash the sector, as although it doesn’t have the best reputation, most agencies do a great job, operate ethical and can un-earth some amazing talent that may not be available elsewhere.

    However – for at least 80% of the hires a typical company will make using a traditional recruitment company, the shortlisted applicants and ultimately the successfully hired candidate would of all applied to the agency through a job advertisement they placed, for your vacancy online, albeit via a job board, aggregator like indeed or on social media.

    So, you end up paying, £3K, £4K, perhaps even £6K if they are a senior appointment, when you could have advertised the role across all the leading job boards, online platforms and social media, with Blue Rocket Recruitment for just £399, yes, that’s it – £399! We’ll even write your advert for you!

    All of the applicants will appear in your very own, company branded, cloud-based candidate dashboard. All applicants will be ranked in order of their suitability. You can review, contact, set up interviews from any device at any time. What’s more you can hire, 2, 4 or 10 candidates and wont ever pay a penny more. The candidate dashboard is yours, to store candidates’ details, sort into folders and use in the future, whenever you need to hire again – all GDPR compliant and at no extra cost.

    So, before you use an agency for your next job vacancy, consider using Blue Rocket. We are changing the way companies recruit by offering simple, effective, and affordable online recruitment solutions for business of all shapes and sizes.

    Let’s be honest, most traditional recruitment agencies have charged too much, for too little, for too long?

    If you’d like to have a no obligation chat, on how we can help you recruit or have any questions on any aspect of our online recruitment advertising service, please don’t hesitate to give me a call on 023 8033 6633 or drop me an email to – it would be great to hear from you.

    All the best

    Steve Wyeth

    Founder & Director

    Online recruitment advertising