How to be a Memorable Candidate: Example Questions for Interviewers


The greatest oversight you can make in a job interview is to be so resigned and obedient that you vanish into your seat. While it is important to be amenable, when you are too compliant you run the risk of the interviewer overlooking your meeting entirely, minutes after you leave the room.

As humans, our brains naturally wander when they aren’t stimulated for a few minutes, everybody knows how it feels trying to focus through a long, boring meeting! Prospective employee interviews have the same affect for employers.

If you want to be memorable and significant to the person who may become your new Manager, you shouldn’t be passive during the interview; below are some tips to ensure you are a memorable candidate:

Candidates’ main job during the meeting isn’t to brag about your achievements, as generally speaking, Hiring Managers are not impressed by people who see themselves as impressive. Rather than listing noteworthy achievements in your career, try to identify with the interviewer and keep the emphasis on them and their most vexing issues within your potential new department.

After bringing the interviewer directly to any core issues in the department; the reason for the hiring of a new staff member in the first place and then they will care about your discussion. You may have a few small insights for him, and even if you don’t, it’s nice to talk through department issues with someone else.

Don’t be afraid to tell a fitting joke; demonstrate some humility or an inconsequential vulnerability you may have. “You’re looking at my LinkedIn profile? Goodness, it’s outdated, I should take an up to date photo!”

You will be more solid and significant in the interview when you feel prepared. The purpose of your research is to give you a fuller picture of the organization, the industry and even this manager. Your research will give you ideas for questions to ask at the interview — to learn what this company is up to and where they’re struggling.

You will give a more solid and memorable interview when you arrive prepared. Doing a few hours research before the interview will give you better insight into the company culture, the industry and even the interviewer. Your examination will give you thoughts for things to ask during the interview, to find out what the company is doing and where they may be having internal issues.

Ask some thought-provoking questions for the interviewer, such as:

  • “Do you see the company expanding to other new markets anytime soon?”
  • “Which subdivisions are based in this department?”
  • “What have been the most successful departments in the company?”
  • “I saw your eye-catching new marketing campaign, how is it going so far?”