Often, asking similar questions in different ways can make an interview fruitful. In your quest to position yourself well during a job interview, you could ask: "Could you describe the ideal candidate for this position?" Sure, that's another way of asking about the skills and qualifications for the job. But it's also a question that might help you -- without sounding stilted -- get the interviewer to tell you a lot about the organization's values and corporate culture. In addition to learning more about the company, you'll also pick up some good points to stress in later communications and interviews with those doing the hiring.
Lots of question can be useful, but when you get right down to it, there's usually one big question in the mind of someone who's interviewing for a job. Read on to find out how to -- almost -- ask that one.