10 smart interview questions that will make you stand out!

Congratulations! You have a job interview, great work. But what’s next? How do you make yourself stand out from every other candidate? Asking questions during your interview is a great place to start.

Asking thoughtful questions at can leaving a positive lasting impression and help make you the stand out choice.

It’s important to remember that every interview is a two-way street. The aim from any interview is that both you and the interviewer are convinced that you will be a great fit for the role! The trick to asking questions is not to wait for the interviewer ask, “Do you have any questions for me?” but to take advantage of any opportunities to ask questions throughout the interview.

"Asking questions changes the dynamic of the interview and helps the interviewer from a well-rounded perception of you. Asking questions also give you the opportunity to discover detail about the company or roles that might not have otherwise been revealed." Jane Wylie-Roberts, Managing Director, Stafffinders.

It is generally expected that you should ask at least two questions. Without asking questions, you will appear disinterested, or worse, less intelligent and engaged than a prospective employer would like.

"Don’t ask questions for the sake of it. Your questions can, in fact, make or break an interview. If questions are not thoughtful or if you ask something that has already been covered, this can hurt you significantly more than it can help you." Graeme Reid, Manager of Hospitality & Catering Division at Stafffinders.

Here are 10 questions you should consider asking in a job interview, as long as they haven’t already been covered!

  1. Who do you think would be the ideal candidate for this position, and how do I compare?

  2. Who held this position previously? Why is he/she leaving the role?

  3. What do you like most about working for this company?

  4. How do you evaluate success here?

  5. How would you describe the company's culture?

  6. Will I have an opportunity to meet those who would be part of my staff/my manager during the interview process?

  7. Is there anything else I can provide to help you make your decision?

  8. What can I do to show you I'm a great fit for this job?

  9. Beyond the hard skills required to successfully perform this job, what soft skills would serve the company and position best?

  10. What about my background led you to invite me for an interview?

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