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Rachelle Enns is an interview coach and job search expert. She works with candidates to perform their best in employment, medical, and post-secondary admission interviews.

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When would you be available to start?

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  1. 1.

    When would you be available to start?

      How to Answer

      Before your interview, make sure you have a start date in mind for the new employer. You may need to give two weeks to your previous position. If you are unemployed, perhaps you can start right away. In either situation, be prepared with an affirmative answer.

      If you are currently working, you should always show professionalism by offering two weeks' notice to your current employer. No hiring manager is ever impressed when they hear 'I can quit my job today and start tomorrow!' Show that you are professional and reliable in all situations.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I am currently unemployed and am willing to start as soon as needed."

      Rachelle's Answer for an Admin Interview

      "Could you share with me your ideal start date? I am happy to be flexible. However, I will need to give at least two weeks' notice to my current employer."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Manager Interview

      "I am currently looking for a career change within a 6-week turnaround timeline after an offer letter is signed. This timeline would give me enough time to smoothly transition my team and help to find and train my replacement."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Marketing Interview

      "I need to give my employer two weeks' notice. Due to my length of employment, it is possible that I may need to work an additional week if they were to request it of me to aid in the transition to the next content manager, but I am available immediately following. Can you clarify your timeline for me?"

      Rachelle's Answer for a Retail Interview

      "I would need to give my current store the courtesy of two weeks' notice, but I am available anytime after that! Looking forward to getting started!"

      Rachelle's Answer for a Sales Interview

      "I would need to give the customary two weeks' notice to my current company so that they could choose if they want me to stay and transition accounts or make it my last day. But, out of courtesy to them, I need to let them make that final decision."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Teacher Interview

      "I plan to finish out this school year so that I can offer my students a clean transition. Will this timeframe work for you?"

      Rachelle's Answer for a Clinical Research Interview

      "As a professional courtesy, I would like to give my current employer two weeks' notice. I could start anytime after that."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Chef Interview

      "I can quit my job today and start tomorrow!"

      Rachelle's Answer for a Claims Adjuster Interview

      "As a professional courtesy, I would like to give my current employer two weeks notice. I could start anytime after that.
      OR
      I am currently unemployed; however, I have a long weekend trip planned from the 12th to the 15th. I would be thrilled to start the Tuesday after that."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Restaurant Manager Interview

      "I am currently unemployed and am willing to start as soon as needed."

      5+ Community Answers

      Anonymous Answer

      "I'd be available soon enough cause right now I already resigned from my last company."

      Lauren's Answer

      No need to disclose your resignation.

      "I am available to start as soon as possible."

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      Anonymous Answer

      "As soon as possible, as I currently do not have a job."

      Rachelle's Answer

      Try to finish up your response with a statement of interest so that it does not sound like you will take the first gig that comes along.

      "I am available to start immediately. I am currently unemployed and eager to join the Gucci team."

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