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Our company is looking for a team member with flexible work hours. Are you able and willing to work overtime, as needed?

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

Updated on November 15th, 2018 | 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.

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

"My scheduling availability is flexible and adaptable to meet the needs of your organization. I am not afraid to put in hard work or long hours when needed."

Manager
Answer example

"Whenever I ask my team to stay late to complete a project, I do the same. I would never ask anything from my team that I am not willing to deliver myself. Rest assured, I am a team player and will do what it takes to ensure the organization is successful."

Marketing
Answer example

"I am certainly a team player and willing to pitch in to help reach a goal outside of the standard hours, but I am accustomed to typical business hours and am looking to retain those. Is there a particular time of year or initiative that comes to mind when you refer to atypical hours?"

Retail
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"I'm used to working nights, weekends, and holidays. I am flexible for days or nights, weekdays or weekends, and the like. In my current role, we are offered overtime pay for holiday hours and Sundays. Is this what your organization offers as well?"

Sales
Answer example

"I know that sales roles can have some long hours, and am open to that as needed. For the majority of my days, I was hoping to retain my current schedule of 8-5pm Monday through Friday. As extenuating circumstances arise, with KPI's in mind, I will certainly do more than my share to pull the weight."

Teacher
Answer example

"I work many additional hours in a week whether that be with students who need help after school, helping to coach a sport, or leading a club. I am certainly willing to do the same at your school."

Voice Over Artist
Answer example

"I believe that getting the job done and making a good name for myself and the company is the most important, and I am willing to work overtime when it is necessary to produce the best work."

Electrician
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?"

Sales Associate
Answer example

"Yes, I am happy to take any hours that are given to me! I have a flexible lifestyle and am aware that the hours may be unconventional from time to time."

Real Estate Receptionist
Answer example

"I carefully reviewed the job posting numerous times before this interview and am aware of the work schedules. I am willing to work over the weekend, in the evenings, overtime and holidays, as needed."

Film and Video Editor
Answer example

"Yes, I am willing to work overtime to meet a deadline, especially if that's what the client and I have come to an agreement on. I will continue working as long as it is alright with the client until I feel that the work is my best."

Home Health Aide
Answer example

"I understand that in this line of work, my schedule will be unpredictable at times. I am happy to make myself available, as needed."

Landscaping
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"If you need me to work extra hours or be flexible to work different shifts, I am willing to do it! I'm comfortable working longer hours as needed. Can you tell me a little bit more about what to expect from the schedule week-to-week?"

Neurologist
Answer example

"I am not married and have no children at this time. So, I am pretty flexible with my schedule. If I had a choice, I would prefer the late shift, as I am a bit of a night owl. However, I am excited about the opportunity to become a part of this team and am willing to work where I'm needed."

Machinist
Answer example

"I am more than willing to be a flexible employee by working a variety of shifts, as needed. Currently I do not have many restrictions in my availability with the exception of Tuesday evenings."

Massage Therapist
Answer example

"I am willing to work whatever hours you need me. Can you tell me a little more about what to expect from the schedule?"

Sous Chef
Answer example

"I fully understand that as a sous chef, I will need to be flexible with my schedule and availability. Overtime, weekends, and holiday shifts are all things that I am used to working and I have no issues with being available when needed."

Social Work
Answer example

"I'm very flexible with my schedule. I've found that evenings and weekends are sometimes better with my clients. If flexibility is needed in this job we can work together to create a schedule that works best for the clients and the office."

Ticket Agent
Answer example

"I carefully reviewed the job posting numerous times before this interview and am aware of the work schedule. I am willing to work over the weekend, in the evenings and overtime, as required."

Detective
Answer example

"I am very aware of the intense requirements that come with being a Detective. I am able to meet these requirements and be flexible with my availability."

Usher
Answer example

"I carefully reviewed the job posting before this interview and am aware of the work schedules. I am willing to work over the weekend, holidays, in the evenings and overtime, as required."

Civil Engineering Technician
Answer example

"I carefully reviewed the job posting numerous times before this interview and am aware of the work schedules. I am willing to work over the weekend, early in the morning, in the evening, overtime and holidays, as required."

Abdominal Sonographer
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?"

Lineman
Answer example

"Absolutely I will make myself available in emergency situations. I fully understand that my skills will be needed during certain situations and am happy to do so."

Newspaper Editor
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"I'm always happy to do whatever it takes to meet deadlines. When I first started as an editor at The Plumtree Ledger, we were running around day and night trying to meet deadlines. Six months later, I was able to arrange our workflow and make huge efficiencies so that we were all able to have social lives!"

Sports Reporter
Answer example

"I am familiar with the schedule reporters have, and I know that at the end of the day, sports need to be covered. Therefore, I will do whatever I can to make sure I will be there, however long it takes."

Floral Designer
Answer example

"With wedding season just around the corner, I am well aware that I will be required to work overtime. I am happy to make myself available for the hours that you need."

Shift Leader
Answer example

"Yes, it's not a problem because I have a great support network. My mother can pick up the kids. I don't mind being away from my kids because they need a strong role model and it makes the time that we do have that much more precious."

Attendance Clerk
Answer example

"Yes, I am available to work overtime as needed. In my current position I am often relied upon to work additional hours and I am happy to do so in this role as well."

Production Assistant
Answer example

"I feel comfortable working overtime when I feel that the product is not at its best. I want the highest quality work with my name on it, so I will do what is necessary to have that happen."

Customer Representative
Answer example

"I’m reasonably flexible and if business needs are such that it would be necessary for me to worker longer hours then I would certainly be prepared to do so."

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: 10/13/2016
Last modified on: 11/15/2018

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