10 Questions You Should Ask to Stand Out During an Interview
The terrain for a job seeker today can be crowded, making it hard to stand out from the competition. So, what can you do to outshine your peers? Ask the right questions. Many candidates stress over the questions they’ll have to answer but put little thought into the questions that they’ll ask.
Asking compelling questions at the end of your interview allows you to assess whether the organization is a good fit for you, helps to confirm you have the right qualifications for the role and demonstrates your interest in the organization. It will also leave a professional, lasting impression for your interviewer to remember you by – which is key.
To be effective, your questions need to be tailored specifically to the organization, the position you applied for and to the person you’re interviewing with. Being too general or mundane can have an adverse effect on your chance to stand out. Check out the company’s website to learn more about their industry, values and key issues they may be struggling with to formulate thoughtful questions.
SMX’s Recruitment and Placement Solutions (RPS) team has compiled questions they’ve been asked by candidates at the end of an interview. Here are the top 10 that really make a candidate stand out:
- What is the growth projection for this role in the next 5 years?
- What’s your favorite part about the organization’s culture?
- How does this team measure success? Is the current team meeting those metrics?
- How did you get your start?
- What is the management style like for this team?
- What does the training structure look like for this role?
- What is the vision for the department and the organization regarding future development?
- What are some differentiators that set your organization apart from the competition?
- After hearing more about me, how do you think I will fit into the company culture?
- Is there anything I can clarify from our interview today that will make your decision easier?
Use the questions you ask as an opportunity to showcase certain traits that you know the hiring manager is looking for. If the position calls for strategic thinking, ask a question that shows you know how to look at the big picture. If the team you will be working with values tangible results, ask a question about measuring success. Being engaged and showing that you’ve done your research tells the interviewer that you are willing to put in the time and effort necessary to succeed. Preparing solid questions to during an interview is an important way to differentiate yourself from other job seekers while gathering facts to find out if this is the job for you.