When an interviewee asks you about the challenges of juggling this job and family life, they are trying to understand what will be expected of them if they were to get this job. Will they be expected to stay late, work weekends or take work home with them They will want to know the values of the company. Most people want to have a life outside of work, and they are just trying to understand if that will be possible with this job. This will help them figure out if they are even interested in the position with your company.
Points to Emphasize
As you answer, remember, it is in your best interest to be open and honest with them. You want someone in that position who will excel and fit in at the company. Giving the candidates the best information about your company will help you do just that.
- Talk about the expectations that the company has in regards to time commitment.
- Briefly discuss how you juggle work life and your family or social life.
- Tell the candidate about the values of the company related to this topic. The values might be that the company is very family-oriented, believes in benefits of work-life balance or wants their employees to put work above everything else.
- Try to keep your answer positive.
Giving a detailed answer will help you find a candidate who really wants to work for your company.
Mistakes You Should Avoid
Remember to avoid these pitfalls when you answer this question.
- Do not talk poorly about the company or management.
- Try not to give an answer that will alienate the interviewee, but at the same time be honest.
- Don’t be afraid to talk openly about the challenges, but try to also bring in positive aspects or ways to work through the challenges.
- Be careful that you don’t give a vague answer.
Give an honest, open answer that will positively show the candidate the challenges.
Here is an example of what an answer might look like:
Here at this company, we value families. We know it can be a struggle to find the balance of work and home life, but we try not to impede that too much. There are some instances where it is required that you take work home with you, but this only happens if you are unable to meet deadlines. My normal work week is 45 hours, and the rest I get to spend with my family.
Giving the answer in a positive way can help the candidate understand the challenges.