For companies looking to make the right hire and avoid a costly and time-consuming recruitment process, it is important to get the interview stage right. A one to one interview is a key part of the hiring process for the majority of organisations and is often the first chance employers have to meet candidates face to face.

It therefore makes sense for employers to think about how they conduct their interviews and to look into ways of getting the most out of them. The standard of interview questions is an area graduate employers can easily focus on and look to improve.

The best interview questions benefit job seekers by giving them an opportunity to express themselves and talk about details that are not found within their application. So, what exactly should you ask?

From what you know about this role and the company, how will you make a contribution?

This question is a sure-fire way to find out who has really done their homework about the role and who has not. Those who have prepared well will love the chance to inform you about the areas in which they can really be useful, detailing things that they have picked up whilst researching the sector and company and relating them to their experience or skills.

Can you tell me what motivates you the most?

As mentioned earlier, the best interview questions give candidates the chance to open up and reveal more about themselves that cannot be put down on a CV or cover letter. This question allows you to really understand what drives them and whether or not that matches with the company.

You will also be able to gauge just how motivated they are to secure the role – the best candidates will be able to relate their motivation to specific elements of the position, such as working within a team or being in a certain position.

What frustrates you the most?

When talking about frustration it is really hard to hide your natural feelings, so this question can reveal a great deal about a person’s personality, ability to work on teams and also how they feel about confrontation and conflict.

If you’re an employer looking to attract the best graduate talent, find out how Discovery Graduates can help