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What is your availability?

11 Answer Examples

By: Rachelle Enns

How to Answer

Before you offer up your evenings and weekends, be sure that you are clear on what they need from you for this position. Typically the hours are laid out in the job description, but if it only says "part-time" or "full-time," you may want to respond first with, "What hours do you need me to work?" Once the interviewer has laid out the expectations, you can tell them, "That sounds great! I'm available on those days, and I can offer my weekends if I am needed as well."

You want to show them that you're excited about the job and that you are willing to make yourself available to work when they need you.

Professional Answer Examples
General
Answer example

"part-time"

Admin
Answer example

"I am available most days, evenings, and weekends. I do have an obligation on Tuesday evenings, but aside from that, I should be available most times. Can you clarify for me the hours for this position?"

Manager
Answer example

"I see that you are open Monday to Friday from 8 am - 8 pm. Could you share with me the ideal schedule for your managers? I would like to, of course, be able to cover the peak traffic times for your business."

Marketing
Answer example

"My schedule can be flexible and fluid. I understand that your clients may need a deadline pushed which requires work in the evenings or on weekends. Since the majority of this job would require me to be on a laptop, I am confident that I can deliver the work when needed, even if it's remote."

Retail
Answer example

"I am available to work any evening and all weekends. I am a second-year University student and my courses this semester are primarily in the mornings and early afternoons."

Sales
Answer example

"I am eager for this opportunity and understand that, aside from regular business hours, I may need to take client calls in the off-hours. I am okay with that and will make myself available as necessary, to be successful in this role."

Teacher
Answer example

"I understand that your bell rings at 8:40 AM and 3:20 PM. I plan to be at school at least 30 minutes before school starts and will stay as late as needed to complete my work. If you are looking for an extra-curricular commitment, I am certainly open to discussing that as well."

Ramp Agent
Answer example

"As you know, I am currently employed. As such, I am available to start a new position two weeks upon having resigned from my current position."

Psychiatrist
Answer example

"I am available to work any type of shift in this inpatient practice, but I just need to know what a schedule looks like with a week's advance in time. My commitments outside of work would just need to know."

Flight Attendant
Answer example

"part-time"

Heavy Equipment Operator
Answer example

"What hours or shifts are available?"

Written by:

Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is an executive head-hunter and job search expert. Utilized by top executives from Fortune 100 & 500 companies like Fitbit, Microsoft, General Electric, Nestle, and more, she helps professionals position themselves in a competitive marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume, a company that focuses on helping job seekers get their edge back. Renovate My Resume creates stand-out resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles and professional summaries for new grads, all the way to corporate executives. Rachelle spends much of her time training career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers. She also holds interview workshops for students and interns, globally. For great tips and tricks, follow Rachelle on Instagram @_rachelle_e or @renovatemyresume.
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: 12/16/2015
Last modified on: 06/29/2018

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