Job Interview Questions: “How Soon Are You Available?”

available-nowMost questions that job applicants are asked during a job interview, have other questions and meanings hidden within them. For example, when it comes to the question “Tell me about yourself“, although it may seem a formal question, the way you answer it, and what information about yourself you provide, can make a huge difference.

Many would say that by asking the question “How soon are you available?”, an interviewer would want to know how desperate you are to get a job, or how ethical you are. That’s a bunch of bull. In most cases, when an employer asks this question, they simply want to know when you can start. It doesn’t have any hidden meanings.

One of the main reasons an employer asks this question, is that if you happen to currently have a job, you may need to give your current employer a two weeks or four weeks notice. Evidently, if that’s the case, you won’t be able to start in less than two or four months. And if they need someone to start working right away, chances are they won’t wait that period of time for you to become available.

On the other hand, if you are currently unemployed, it’s best to say that you can start right away. Many job applicants hesitate to answer this, because they fear they will be seen as “too desperate”. But especially if the employer interviewing you knows that you are unemployed, they expect you to be available right away. And saying otherwise may raise other questions about you.

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