Questions to Ask in an Interview

Picture this – your interview has gone well, you’ve answered all the competency questions confidently and with great examples, but now the interview is coming to an end and the hiring manager asks you if you have any questions for them. 

To make a positive first impression, you should always have questions prepared as it’s a fantastic way to show that you have researched the company and it shows your enthusiasm for the role and business, which is exactly what your new employer is looking for. 

We recommend coming up with at least five questions to ask the interviewer, that way if you find that some of your questions are answered during the interview, you have back-ups available. 

As a rule of thumb, you should avoid asking questions that focus on salary and holiday allowance. If you’re successful, you can discuss these with the HR team when going through your contract. 

If you have an interview on the horizon and you’re not too sure what questions to prepare, look no further. Below we have prepared some of the best questions to ask in an interview so that you can wow the hiring manager and stand the best chance of being hired.

Good questions to ask in an interview

Can you tell me more about the day-to-day responsibilities of the role?

Asking this question allows you to discover the main responsibilities of the role, giving you the opportunity to understand the tasks you will be performing day-to-day. Here you should hopefully gain a better insight into the job responsibilities so that you can decide whether it’s right for you or not.

Are there opportunities for growth within the role/company?

Asking about opportunities to develop shows the hiring manager that you are serious about your future within their organisation and are committed to self-improvement. By asking this question, it helps you understand whether you can further your career at their organisation or whether you would need to look elsewhere.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

This question allows you to gain an insight into what the hiring manager likes about their role and work environment. Because it requires a personal response, it allows you to learn a lot about your potential manager and discover how they progressed in their career.

Interview questions

What’s it like to work at the company?

This question will help you to understand more about the company and what the working environment is like. It also gives you the opportunity to understand whether it sounds like a working environment that you’d thrive in or not. 

From the interviewer’s reply, you’ll discover what the work-life balance is like, how the company promotes employee wellbeing, and if there are any additional benefits on offer.

Is this role a new or existing position?

The interviewer’s response to this question tells you whether this role has changed over time or is a new position within the company and team. 

If it’s an existing role, it gives you the opportunity to understand why the previous person is leaving, and how they have shaped the role. If it’s a new position, it gives you the perfect opportunity to ask follow-up questions about why it was created and where they see the team and role going in future.

You can also ask whether the company is considering internal candidates for the position.

What are the company’s plans for the future?

Asking this question is a brilliant way to display that you’re interested in the company – not just the job role. It will also allow the hiring manager to tell you all the great things about the company’s future plans.

However, there is a possibility that depending on your current role, the recruiter may not be able to tell you everything you want to know! 

Why is it important to ask questions in your interview?

Preparing and asking questions in your interview shows your potential employer that you are passionate about the prospect of working at the company. For the hiring manager, any questions you prepare help to give them an insight into your priorities and work style.

We’ve given you some great questions to get the ball rolling and although they won’t necessarily work for every job role they will give you a great base to start from. 

Remember, it’s always best to research the company and have questions prepared. Not only does it give you the opportunity to find out more about the company, but it’s also the perfect opportunity to sell yourself as the best person for the job.

At GPC, we deliver first-class recruitment solutions to meet our customer’s needs. We have the best candidate and employer network in our industry and extensive experience working in Ireland, the UK and internationally. If you are looking for new projects and employment opportunities in the construction industry, or are looking to hire talented professionals, we can provide a tailor-made service to support you and your requirements. Find out more on our website today or call us on 01 207 8990.