How do you feel about working nights and weekends?

When applying for a position, you may get asked, how you feel about working nights and weekends. Now, let’s be honest here, nobody wants to work nights and weekends. Most of us do want a semblance of a work-life balance, but you can’t say that to your interviewer can you? If you do, you can just say goodbye to the job.

If one of the requirements of the job is to work late, or around the clock, then you may not have any option then to say yes. However, if you are really against the idea, then shouldn’t be applying for a job that requires you to work late; because even if you get the job, you won’t be happy down the line.

Nonetheless, for most jobs you can’t really say whether you’ll need to work nights and weekends. Most jobs don’t require it, yet they ask you this question in the interview, just to see if you would be willing to if in case you need to work late to finish a project or something. But if you say yes, will they actually make you work nights and weekends, even though you don’t want to? This puts you in a dilemma, you can’t say yes because you don’t really want to and you can’t say no because you won’t get the job. So, what is a person to do?

Well actually you should be honest. If there is a reason why you cannot work nights and weekends, perhaps because you have kids or other engagements, then just be honest. It is better to be truthful now, rather than be accused of lying later or of being in flexible.

However, if the only reason you can’t is that you don’t want to, they maybe you can phrase it a little better. Say something along the lines of, “If it is required, then I don’t mind” or “It wouldn’t be my preference, but if it is needed of me I’ll do it.” This tells them that you don’t want to do it, but it also shows your willingness to go out of your comfort zone for the company. It shows that you will go out of your way to fulfill the needs of the company. Basically, that you will prioritize the company over yourself and that is exactly what they want in an employee.

Whatever you do, just don’t say no outright. This shows that you are stuck in your ways, are in flexible and that you will prioritize yourself over the company. Also, maybe re-emphasize your desire to get the position and how you would benefit the company if you did. This wouldn’t hurt.

Example:

I cannot say that I can stay back late every day or that I can work every weekend. I am very diligent in trying to finish my work within my work timings. However, if something does come or if there is  project that needs to be pushed out, then I would mind staying back and completing the work on hand. After all, what needs to be done, needs to be done, right?

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