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When would you be available to start?

10 Answer Examples

By: Rachelle Enns

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.

Professional Answer Examples
General
Answer example

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

Admin
Answer example

"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."

Manager
Answer example

"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."

Marketing
Answer example

"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?"

Retail
Answer example

"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!"

Sales
Answer example

"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."

Teacher
Answer example

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

Clinical Research
Answer example

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

Chef
Answer example

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

Restaurant Manager
Answer example

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

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.
Last modified on: 06/29/2018

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When would you be available to start?
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In two weeks.
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My employer requires me to give of notice before I leave.
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I'm available to start this position as soon as I finish my placement which is done on May 27th.
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I'm available to start this position as soon as I finish my placement which is done on May 27th.
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