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

1 of 30 Common Interview Questions and Answers Written by Rachelle Enns

Updated on January 6th, 2019 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
How to Answer

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.

Professional Answer Examples
General
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?"

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."

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."

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. Would there be any other instances of overtime I should be aware of?"

Retail
Answer example

"In retail, I anticipate working over 40 hours per week, especially around the holidays. That said, that 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."

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."

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?"

Fulfillment Associate
Answer example

"What shifts are you looking to fill?"

Respiratory Therapists
Answer example

"With my current employer for the past four years in a large hospital setting, I have worked 12 hour shifts that rotates 2 days on, 2 days off, 3 days on, 3 days off, 2 days on and then 2 days off every two week period. Every two weeks, we switch from day shift to overnight shifts. I am very flexible with my family situation and am usually willing to trade shifts with coworkers that need certain days or shifts off. I knew going into a career in healthcare that the need for patient care comes 24 hours a day and 365 days per year."

Written by:

Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is a job search expert, executive headhunter, career catalyst, and interview coach. Utilized by top talent from Fortune companies like Microsoft, General Electric, and Nestle, she helps professionals position themselves in today's competitive digital marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume and Executive Resume Solutions, two companies focused on helping job seekers get their edge back. She helps everyone from new graduates looking for their first placement, to CEO's who want more out of their career. Rachelle coaches students to executives on how to master the toughest interview questions and how to handle the most bizarre interview situations; all with confidence and poise. Rachelle trains other career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers, globally. A big part of her job is also spent coaching HR professionals on how to bring the human touch back into their interview and hiring process.
Ryan Brown
Ryan Brown, is the creator of MockQuestions. He has over ten years experience creating interview questions. His website has helped over 10 million job seekers in their interview preparation.
First written on: 06/08/2015
Last modified on: 01/06/2019

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Would you be willing to work over 40 hours a week?
1.
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.
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.
Depends how hard it is if you get my drift.
4.
Yes because I am still currently in school.
5.
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.
6.
Currently work over forty hours a week now. Ipso facto, no issues what so every.
7.
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.
8.
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.
9.
As long as its really necessary I would work.
10.
None. As long as I get to rest at least a day, I'm okay with it.
11.
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.
12.
Not at all if I’m needed to stay i’ll be around. Last to leave.
13.
This is not a problem, I understand projects do go overtime and I am willing to provide great customer service.
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