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Would you be willing to work over 40 hours a week?

This question has been answered 15 times by professional recruiters and hiring managers. View their answers below.

Advice
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.

Admin answer example
"If you need overtime 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."
Auto Mechanic answer example
"Even though most auto repair shops are open 8-5, there will be days you need to arrive much earlier or stay later. Being a team player means sharing the responsibilities and tasks, helping out your co-workers when the shop is busy, or they need assistance on a repair job. A good attitude goes a long way. 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. Keep in mind that, in most states, an employer cannot demand that an employee work more than 44 hours per week."
Basic answer example
"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?"
Concierge answer example
"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. Keep in mind that, in most states, an employer cannot demand that an employee work more than 44 hours per week."
Dental Assistant answer example
"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?" Keep in mind that, in most states, an employer cannot demand that an employee work more than 44 hours per week."
Front Desk answer example
"Before answering scheduling questions, it's important to be clear on expectations. If you haven't had a chance to clarify their scheduling needs, now would be the perfect time! Consider asking, "What shifts are you looking to fill?" or, "Do you need someone to work weekends?" If they expect you to work 10-12 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. And if it turns out the schedule won't work, 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. "
Fulfillment Associate answer example
"Before answering scheduling questions, it's important to be clear on expectations. If you haven't had a chance to clarify their scheduling needs, now would be the perfect time! Consider asking, "What shifts are you looking to fill?" or, "Do you need someone to work weekends?" If they expect you to work 10-12 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. And if it turns out the schedule won't work, 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. "
Loan Officer answer example
"Be candid and open with the interviewer expressing what type of availability you have. Be sure to factor in your children's activities, and mention that you are willing to help out as necessary at special company events to help draw in new business."
Maintenance answer example
"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?" Keep in mind that, in most states, an employer cannot demand that an employee work more than 44 hours per week."
Manager answer example
"I am willing to work overtime. How much and how often are the first questions that come to mind. I firmly believe that downtime, or personal time, is essential to recharging your batteries and staying focused. I encourage my employees to do the same."
Respiratory Therapists answer example
"Medical facilities often require you to be available to work odd hours. You might be working the night shift for weeks and then one day you're asked to work a double or switch to 12-hour shifts. If you work in a doctor's office that's only open till 7 PM every night, you might have a more predictable schedule. But if you're in the emergency room or another 24-hour facility, you will need to be flexible. Explain your availability, but be clear that you are willing to work the shifts needed. If you're not sure what to expect, ask! "
Retail answer example
"In retail, I anticipate working over 40 hours per week, especially around the holidays. That said, that obviously comes with some limits as I do value my work-life balance. Could you share with me the expectations for this role?"
Sales answer example
"I am looking to retain my current schedule as much as possible, which is 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 intend on making those moments happen, putting in the extra hours to get the sale is something I'm 100% on board with."
Staff Accountant answer example
"Be candid and open with the interviewer expressing what type of availability you have. Be sure to factor in your family's activities, and understand that you may be disqualified from consideration if you are unavailable to work weekends and it is a requirement of the position. It is better to make this determination during the interview process rather than after starting in the position."
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. I fully dedicate myself to my job and students."

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Would you be willing to work over 40 hours a week?
1.
Not at all if I’m needed to stay i’ll be around. Last to leave.
2.
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.
3.
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.
4.
Yes because I am still currently in school.
5.
Depends how hard it is if you get my drift.
6.
As long as its really necessary I would work.
7.
This is not a problem, I understand projects do go overtime and I am willing to provide great customer service.
8.
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.
9.
None. As long as I get to rest at least a day, I'm okay with it.
10.
Currently work over forty hours a week now. Ipso facto, no issues what so every.
11.
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.
12.
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.
13.
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.
14.
As long as it is required.
15.
Quite often if it requires getting the job done.
16.
When ever required to do so.
17.
I am more than happy to stay.
18.
I will be perfectly fine with that!
19.
Any day that I am requested to do so!
20.
I would be more than willing to stay. I enjoy and like a challenge.
21.
Any time I am asked to do.
22.
I am willing and ready to be prepared should this occasion happens.
23.
I will accept that this is my respnsebillity to get the job done.
24.
As long as It mess with my drinking.
25.
When I don't have anything planned.
26.
When ever I am asked if its for the good of the company then it is an acceptable thing.
27.
Any and every time. I like money.
28.
For sure I love my job that no is a problem.
29.
When ever it is required.
30.
I have no problem staying past 5, i'm a very energetic person.
31.
Almost any time would be fine, unless I have some kind of important meeting or something.
32.
As many times as it needs.
33.
Not very but if its needs doing, i'll do it.
34.
Yes, I expect it to be part of the job occassionally.
35.
Anytime but Monday and Tuesday night when I have class.
36.
I want to be truthful, I know I work in a customer driven industry, but I will say I have to be open to stay as needed.
37.
Anytime you would need me to.
38.
If there is a job that needs finishing, you can always count on me to be available.
39.
Most days I can stay as late as I need. If I have plans that night you might have to take it up with my wife.
40.
As long as there's nothing good on TV.
41.
I would be OK staying late on any day to finish the job.
42.
All the time unless I had some form of family emergency.
43.
I think I would be fine staying more hours and stay late.
44.
As long as job is not yet finished.
45.
I am happy to work extra if the garage needs it.
46.
I would stay as when I'm needed to help finish any job.
47.
Few days a week and when ever I am not exhausted.
48.
I have no problem with flexibility.
49.
I am free to stay. I am hungry and motivated to work for my family.
50.
Not to often due to my automotive classes at night but if im realy needed I can stay late.
51.
That will depend on if I have planned anything but if not I will be happy to stay past 5
52.
Yes to check what it is like been in dental clinic.
53.
Yes, For my co-op in school. Anytime I wasnt assisting, I was in the room watching, trying to soak it all in.
54.
Yes I have externed in a high paced patient oriented evniornment, which allowed me to fully apply all my skills.
55.
I have never shadowed a dentist office before.
56.
Ive shadowed a dentists office when I attended my extern at Baylor Colledge of Dentistry. Mainly so that I could try to soak up any Information that I could.
57.
No but one time I saw a shadow that looked sorta like a dentist.
58.
Yes, I have shadowed all sorts of dental offices, also I have interned here in Oklahoma, and in California.
59.
Yes I have a number of them and soaked up as much as I could.
60.
Yes I have. I observed the assistants throughout the entire day.
61.
Yes. In October of 2015 I shadowed a few assistants during my clinical placement.
62.
I have worked as a dental assistant for over 4 years. This provided me to obtain many skills to become an efficient dental assistant.
63.
Yes, during my externiship.
64.
I have worked at an office next side to doctors.
65.
Yes. When I graduated college, I had to shadow a dentist for 3 weeks and really got to learn the real world of work in a busy office.
66.
Yes, to check what it is like been in dental clinic.
67.
Almost never during my trying I was working chair side with my doctor the most of the time. And ever time I finish my work early I will go seeking to work in other area to expand my knowledge.
68.
Yes during my internship and it was a good experience.
69.
Yes I have. I did an internship in Waterloo at Kimball and Beecher and hired right away.
70.
No but during my internship I will be.
71.
Yes, as well as working in dental offices for five years.
72.
Yes, I have worked in a dental clinic.
73.
Yes I have shadowed a doctor.
74.
Yes, during my co-op whenever I had free time observed the office.
75.
Yes I have. When I was training I would stay in the room, observe and take notes.
76.
I have not, I was supposed to and the dental assistant called in sick.
77.
Yes and I very much enjoyed the learning experience.
78.
No, I have only been on working interviews. I rather be active than to watch, but if the dentist rather me shadow, there must be a reason for it. So, If that was expected of me, than that is wha I would do.
79.
I actually never had the opportunity, I did more hands on learning in my dental school.
80.
We had a couple of observations sessions where we watched older students work in the clinics on their patients, and we had the opportunity to ask them questions. Afterwards, we wrote up a report on what we had seen and what we had learnt.
81.
Yes I job shadowed a dental office in seattle and had a working interview with them.
82.
No but I was hoping I could shadow here because I want to know as much as possible about this career.
83.
No, I havent but I had an internship for 6 months.
84.
Yes whist training to be a dental nurse.
85.
Yes I have, I found it a good experience to see how a fast paced dental office runs.
86.
I have observed and shadowed during the dental program I attended.
87.
I dont think I understand this question. Are you saying I overshadowed or undershadowed the office.
88.
Yes, I have been in the business for quite some time.
89.
I have not yet had the opportunity to, however I am almost finished with my classes and ecstatic to go on internship.
90.
Yes, thinking looking at the dental nurse that will be me one day.
91.
Yes at VCU dental clinics for 4 month and in my externship at Dr Babik dental office for 4 months.
92.
Yes I did certainly. I did to see what is look like a dental office.
93.
No.. Not here I united states. But in india.. I was a dentist.. N hv shadowed my senior dentist.
94.
I haven't, though I have had practice in a dental office through dental carreers.
95.
Yes I currently work with the principle dentist and work four handed with him well. I'm ablen to carry on with my work whilst keeping out of his way letting him get on with his work.
96.
No, but I can hardly wait for the opportunity.
97.
Yes, before I started my schooling I went into a dental office to volunteer hours and make sure this is what I wanted to do.
98.
I have not shadowed a dentist before, and I am very excited to have the opportunity to potentially do that here!
99.
Yes I have to go and visit and learn the traits of a office to see if I would want to work there or not.
100.
I have shadowed at an orthodontics office.
101.
Yes. Before attending to dental college, I have gone to an dental clinic and watched their work for half day.

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