When a job candidate asks you about the time demands of a job, they are trying to get a feel for the values of the company. This can tell them if your company values family ties, productivity or the bottom line. They also get a feel for what will be expected of them if they were to get the position. Will they have to work overtime or weekends This can help them figure out if this is a position they would want to stay in for a long time. Giving them this sort of information up front also helps you because then you will hopefully get an employee who is in it for the long haul.
Points to Emphasize
Answering this question has to be done delicately. Because of that, there are a few facts you want to make sure to discuss.
- Talk about the company’s overtime policy.
- Discuss the hours that they would be expected to have. Especially talk about any strange hours they may be expected to keep.
- Keep your answer positive to help give them a positive look on the company.
- Make sure to discuss these time demands specific to the position they would be holding if they were hired.
Answering this question in an informative manner can help you find the best employee you can.
Mistakes You Should Avoid
Since this is a delicate topic, you want to be sure to avoid these traps.
- Do not talk negatively about the company, or you will find it very difficult to fill the position.
- Try not to be evasive. Give them the most detailed answer you can.
- Be careful not to give them an answer that you think they want to hear. Just give them the truth.
- Try not to sound too weathered when you give them the answer. If this is a demanding career, you can be upfront about it, but make sure to still sound positive.
Being upfront is very important when you answer a question like this.
Here is an example of what a great answer might look like:
The time demands for someone in this career are pretty universal. We do try to keep family at the forefront of our company, since it is a family owned business. However, it is still necessary for people to stay late sometimes or to take some work home with them. It helps to remember on long days how much your work is impacting the community.
Give them a positive, truthful answer.