First impressions go a long way, especially during the hiring process. We checked in with our top recruiters to uncover helpful tips on how candidates can stand out from the competition during the earliest stages of interviewing.

Read on to discover some expert interview tips and insights on why asking strategic questions can increase your chances of reaching the next interview round.

1. “Why is this position open?”
Determine if the role is a new one or one that has been recently vacated. Was someone promoted? Did someone leave for a new opportunity? Asking these fundamental questions will help you learn more about the role and ultimately the company.

2. “What is the management style of the hiring manager?”
This is a question that often gets overlooked in the initial stages of the interview process, yet it is a critical one for determining the overall team culture. Asking if the hiring manager possesses the leadership skills you desire will help you better determine if the role will be a good fit for you.

3. “What are the 3-4 most important skills the ideal candidate would have for this position?”
Understanding how your skills align with a role is paramount to evaluating how successful you will be at filling it. Set honest expectations early and recognize your own personal strengths and weaknesses when it comes to your qualifications for the role.

4. “What are the goals for this role, and how will they be measured?”
This is a smart question that shows you’re not only willing to take on the role, but you’re eager and driven to go beyond simply filling it. Ambition goes a long way and it starts in the initial interview stages. If you’re hungry for the job, show you’re willing to put in the work.

5. “What do you like most about working here?”
Turn the interview around on the hiring manager and ask them what they think about their own role. How they choose to respond to this question will offer you a better idea of what it’s really like to work there.

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