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Old 08-23-2018, 03:25 PM   #1
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Interviewed for a sales related position that requires working 6 days a week 90% of the time, but only typical hours. However my background involves working 7 days a week and much longer hours outdoors across large areas. There were times I worked as many hours in two weeks that might usually be done in three or more. Possessing time management skills to complete multiple tasks is crucial. Am speculating HR may think of me as being too much of a go-getter for the position applied for. While there I inquired about promotion possibilities too. Have been promoted in the past and worked my tail off to get there. Apparently I asked detailed questions that they arenít used to and have a personal interest in the company that goes beyond the job.
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Old 08-23-2018, 03:30 PM   #2
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IDK.....but working 7 days a week, long hours is on the bottom of my priorty list. I'm shooting for a 3/13's job......I don't even need 40!
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Old 08-23-2018, 03:36 PM   #3
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I doubt it.....if it is a legitimate organization.

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Old 08-23-2018, 03:41 PM   #4
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They may feel you are over qualified and think you will get bored and leave. If that is the case they may pass on you in favor of another candidate.
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Old 08-23-2018, 03:42 PM   #5
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If it’s a good company, working “too much” would never count against you.
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Old 08-23-2018, 04:03 PM   #6
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I highly doubt this will be viewed as negative. They aren't going to care that you worked a lot at your last job. What they will care about is whether or not you exhibit the skills/willingness to perform at the standard required by the job they are interviewing you for.
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Old 08-23-2018, 04:03 PM   #7
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IDK.....but working 7 days a week, long hours is on the bottom of my priorty list. I'm shooting for a 3/13's job......I don't even need 40!
I heard that.
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Old 08-23-2018, 04:05 PM   #8
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How long you work a day / week doesnt really mean anything if the job isnt getting done.
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Old 08-23-2018, 04:18 PM   #9
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Is this a weird way to give yourself a pat on the back or a legit question?


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Old 08-23-2018, 11:09 PM   #10
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To answer your question.....sure they could count it against you.....and maybe they won’t. I have hired a bunch of folks and I do not recall turning away those I thought were “go-getters”.
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Old 08-24-2018, 07:24 AM   #11
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IDK.....but working 7 days a week, long hours is on the bottom of my priorty list. I'm shooting for a 3/13's job......I don't even need 40!
Dang overachievers!

I'm shooting for 3-10s!
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Old 08-24-2018, 07:32 AM   #12
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Old 08-24-2018, 07:40 AM   #13
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For me when someone talks on and on about how hard they worked at their old job, it turns me away hiring them.
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Old 08-24-2018, 07:41 AM   #14
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Sales is always 24-7 if you want to make money.
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Old 08-24-2018, 08:04 AM   #15
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Old 08-24-2018, 08:11 AM   #16
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Dang overachievers!

I'm shooting for 3-10s!
That's still overachieving in my book, I work three 8's most the time. My body is starting to give up on me before my retirement age gets here.
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Old 08-24-2018, 08:31 AM   #17
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My thought as well.
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Old 08-24-2018, 08:37 AM   #18
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I absolutely didn't get a job once because I asked about about growth. They were looking for a worker bee to work and keep thier mouth shut... I asked what was plan for growth and chick got defesive and lost all interest. I realized growth would mean taking her job...

If they get weird about that kind of stuff, and your looking for growth not just a JOB. Then your prob better off other places
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Old 08-24-2018, 08:39 AM   #19
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Very strange question to ask for sure. I can't imagine a company not wanting someone because they work too hard.

Congrats on your superior work ethic
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Old 08-24-2018, 08:45 AM   #20
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My company preaches work life balance. So talking about your last job long hours won't get you anywhere. But not really held against you.
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Old 08-24-2018, 08:59 AM   #21
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Old 08-24-2018, 08:59 AM   #22
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Obviously your username fits
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Old 08-24-2018, 09:12 AM   #23
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You probably get bored at that place if you work 7 days a week.
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Old 08-24-2018, 09:13 AM   #24
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A lot of times I get called into interviews to help with the technical questions (it's common with engineers I think) and any candidate that brags about how much they work, or how they out work everybody in their current group, goes to the bottom of my recommendation list. It comes off as boastful and annoying. I don't want to work with someone like that.
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Old 08-24-2018, 09:34 AM   #25
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As an owner of a company, I am always a bit leery of a guy that tells me how hard a worker he is and that he can do x, y and z. Its not that you are exaggerating, its that most others do. And when they over sell themselves, it almost always ends in an issue. The best approach is to know in your mind what you can do, give them the sincere and genuine feeling that you are a hard worker without "telling tales". Also, there is no issue with asking about advancement. Heck if someone didn't ask me, I would question their ambition. But be careful, you don't want to come across as starting as the floorsweeper and if you aren't executive VP then you are gone.. Find the balance between what you have and what they want and be genuine with them.
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Old 08-24-2018, 09:39 AM   #26
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"I have achieved more in 2 short weeks than most men in..."



Seriously though, the answer is "yes". You can be perceived as someone just trying to implement a stop-gap while looking for your next real gig and not seriously wanting the job.
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Old 08-24-2018, 09:41 AM   #27
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If it’s a good company, working “too much” would never count against you.
It absolutely can depending on what position it is within the company and what the companies objectives are. There are plenty of companies that WANT their employees to have a well balance work/family life and encourage their people to get the heck out of here and go be with your family when closing time comes around. If this is one of those companies OR if this company prioritizes work environment and not making their employees feel like they are not doing enough if they are not working late then it could very well be held against you.
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Old 08-24-2018, 12:17 PM   #28
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Assuming all other qualifiers were met (certifications/experience/education/work history/etc.), I wouldn't hold it against you - and I have hired plenty. I'd just be clear about the expected work schedule and if I felt you were honest when telling me you were good with it, I'd give you the benefit of the doubt.
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Old 08-25-2018, 09:00 PM   #29
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I find when people tell me how many hours and what they want to work, if the pay is better and less hours. A + for you. Asking about a company shows me you have or are doing your home work and interested in them
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Old 08-25-2018, 09:08 PM   #30
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A lot of times I get called into interviews to help with the technical questions (it's common with engineers I think) and any candidate that brags about how much they work, or how they out work everybody in their current group, goes to the bottom of my recommendation list. It comes off as boastful and annoying. I don't want to work with someone like that.
To elaborate more on this, we were building infrastructure on one property and was told I could work as many hours as I wanted. Also was given a hand written list of other projects to complete while the owner was away. So, in order to get everything done on the list plus complete the work elsewhere, I worked very long hours. This was on multiple properties in a rural setting. Kept a tight record of hours worked and work completed that had to be turned in.

Having owned a business in the past, I have a long history of working long hours. Had no personal life to speak of, because I was building the business up and had to make sacrifices. It’s what I’m used to whether working for myself or someone else. No brag just fact.

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Old 08-25-2018, 09:14 PM   #31
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You probably get bored at that place if you work 7 days a week.
It did get old. Especially when having to be alone so much. And when standing out in the cold rain and deep mud. Mentally it can get a person down doing it day after day after day. After several months I finally started asking for someone to fill in on various weekends.
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