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Would you be willing to work over 40 hours a week?
Before answering scheduling questions, it's important to be clear on the interviewer's expectations. If you haven't had a chance to clarify their scheduling needs, now would be the perfect time to ask! Consider asking, 'What are the scheduling expectations for this position?' If they expect you to work 12 hour days, it would be important for you to know that before you respond with, 'Absolutely! No problem!' You want to be sure that you can meet their expectations. If it turns out their schedule expectations won't work for you, think about what you CAN offer and see if you can meet in the middle. It's much better to discuss these things in an interview than for you to commit to a schedule that won't work for you.
Answer examples
"I am available for full time work which is preferably 8-5 Monday to Friday. I am happy to be a team player and work some overtime, as required. Will these hours meet your expectations?"
"If overtime is required in this role, I am happy to accommodate whenever I can. My only restriction is that I cannot work Wednesday nights as I have an evening course those days."
"I am willing to work overtime, but how much and how often are the first questions that come to mind. I firmly believe that downtime, or personal time, are essential to recharging your batteries and staying focused. When the pressure is on, I will be here. I just hope that the pressure is not "always on"."
Sales answer example
"I am looking to retain my current schedule as much as possible, which is currently Monday through Friday from 8:00 - 5:00. I understand with sales that there will occasionally be times when we need to put in more hours to get a deal closed or a quota met. I am absolutely intending on making those moments happen, putting in the extra hours to get the sale for the good of the organization is something I'm one hundred percent on board with. I'm able to be adaptable and a team player as needed, too, of course. Beyond that, would there be any other instances of overtime I should be aware of?"
Retail answer example
"In retail, I anticipate working over 40 hours, especially around the holidays. That said, that obviously comes with some limits as I do value my work-life balance."
Teacher answer example
"As a teacher, we don't leave our work, ever. So, while the school day may be from 7:45 to 3:00, I take my job home with me on nights and weekends. Not to mention, I am currently a soccer coach at the district high school, too, so I am no stranger to long days and nights."
Marketing answer example
"In a salaried role such as this, I don't expect a strict 40 hour per week schedule, but I also know that I'm looking for a work-life balance. As needed, I'd be available to dedicate more time to the team, while hoping to preserve that balance."

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User-Submitted Answers

Would you be willing to work over 40 hours a week?
Not at all if I’m needed to stay i’ll be around. Last to leave.
Yes I want this because I said you that if not my task is incomplete then I will not leave so therefore it gets me very best performance.
No I am not having any issues to do as a forty hours in a week because my task is to complete within a before \ time.
Yes because I am still currently in school.
Depends how hard it is if you get my drift.
As long as its really necessary I would work.
This is not a problem, I understand projects do go overtime and I am willing to provide great customer service.
If there is a time where over time is necessary to complete a project or presentation, will do so. But to consistently work 40 hours per week, not too much so.
None. As long as I get to rest at least a day, I'm okay with it.
Currently work over forty hours a week now. Ipso facto, no issues what so every.
I am a team player and will put the companies needs first. If we are short handed or overtime is required I will step up 100 percent.
Yes. AS a student I need to balance my time between going to school full time and working on the side to be successful in both areas.
I value my work and realize that I need to give it my best at all times. However, it is important to have sufficient time to rest and also attend to my family which allows me a great balance and the ability to stay motivated to attend to my work. I also realize that there may be times when I will need to out in extra time to achieve set targets - I prioritize my work to avoid too many occurrences of extra time at work but I review this on a case to case basis.