How to Answer Interview Questions About Shift Work

Considering Your Commitment and Obligations

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The ability to change up shifts or work through the night, whether in a hospital or a shipping warehouse, is a special skill of its own. People who work at night may have trouble balancing their work and family lives, let alone their sleep, health, and well-being. Energy can diminish if you're not accustomed to late hours, weekend work or all-nighters, and morale can wane if you don't feel like a part of the company's daily activities.

Sample Answers

Here are sample answers to the job interview question about your interest in working different shifts, taking into account different values and outside commitments.

  • Absolutely. I am single, live alone, and I don't mind keeping hours that take me out of the nine to five routine.
  • As long as I would know at the start of a placement what the hours would be, I would be willing to work any shift. I would prefer to keep one shift throughout each placement.
  • I am really only available during regular business hours as I have an elderly family member who I need to care for during other times.
  • I wouldn't prefer to work at night and weekends but during peak workloads I am ready and available to work whenever you need me.
  • Night and weekends are the only time I can spend with my family and that's very important to me. But in the case of an urgent situation, if you need me then I will definitely be available.
  • I enjoy night work because to me it's a very peaceful environment. However, I need my weekends to refresh and recharge.
  • If there is an urgent need or an emergency I'll definitely work whatever shifts you need; the company's growth and success are mine as well.
  • I'll definitely work whatever shift is needed because I feel a responsibility towards the company to complete the necessary work.
  • I have no problem working different shifts as needed. I consider organization and my coworkers to be my family, and if they need me, I'll be there. 
  • I can work any shift you require; it's my duty to be there when you need me.
  • I would be happy to work night and weekend shifts if you have a proper security guard in place.
  • I am not comfortable with night shifts due to safety concerns but am happy to work any other shift as needed.
  • I'm a self-starter and I'm confident making decisions during any shift.
  • I can stay focused for a long period of time without getting tired, so I'm available for any shift.
  • My schedule is very flexible and I'm open to whatever shift you offer.
  • I do value a work-life balance, so while I'm available for any shift, I would like to create a consistent schedule so I can make other plans.

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