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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?
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Example #1
"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?"
Example #2
"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."
Example #3
"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."
Example #4
"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?"
Example #5
"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?"
Example #6
"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."
Example #7
"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."
Example #8
"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."
Example #9
"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?"
Example #10
"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."
Example #11
"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."
Example #12
"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."
Example #13
"I understand that in this line of work, my schedule will be unpredictable at times. I am happy to make myself available, as needed."
Example #14
"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?"
Example #15
"I am willing to work as a cohesive member of the team and understand that this means some weekends, evenings, and holidays. I am very open to overtime hours as well. I am a hard worker and ready to take on a full workload."
Example #16
"I have taken six courses on CPR, T-CPR, and First Aid. I am fully certified and brought my certifications for you today. You're welcome to make a copy of these certifications for my candidate file. CPR training saves many lives every year. I recently read some staggering numbers, including the fact that an estimated 350,000 sudden cardiac arrest events occur in the United States outside of a hospital environment. This statistic means that many of these calls are coming to a dispatch environment. As a first-responder, I cannot afford to be out of touch when it comes to life-saving techniques and information."
Example #17
"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."
Example #18
"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."
Example #19
"I am willing to work whatever hours you need me. Can you tell me a little more about what to expect from the schedule?"
Example #20
"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."
Example #21
"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."
Example #22
"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."
Example #23
"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."
Example #24
"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."
Example #25
"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."
Example #26
"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?"
Example #27
"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."
Example #28
"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!"
Example #29
"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."
Example #30
"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."
Example #31
"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."
Example #32
"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."
Example #33
"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."
Example #34
"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."
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