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How to answer interview question?

I am currently going over possible interview questions and possible answers, so I am prepared for my interview tomorrow.

The one that is currently going through my mind at the moment is the question: When are you available to start?

I’m a bit worried because the first week in May, I have to attend dentist appointments. I don’t want to go off to a bad start, by having time off to go for arranged appointments. It’s not optional to rearrange them.

I do want to start work, and am actively seeking, but how could I answer that question without coming across as ‘I don’t want your job’ when that is not the case?
“I’m looking forward to starting immediately but I do have some prior commitments the first week of May that I will have let you know about.”

It shows that you’re eager to begin but also lets them know that the appointments are non-negotiable.
@summersong I’ve been on both sides of the interview desk. I’ve learned a few tricks along the way.
WishfulCreations · 22-25, F
I’m going to use this one
summersong · F
@ProdigalSummer same. It’s such a common thing though, more rare to find an interviewee who doesn’t have anything already scheduled.
Are you currently employed? Most employers expect to wait 2 weeks while you finish up at your current job.
If not, tell them you can start now, but have a dr. appointment on X date.
Sazzio · 31-35, M
Regarding start availability, the interviewer may ask if you have any upcoming holidays. Mention you do. If asked if yer going anywhere you can lie n say you'll be outta town.

Alternatively, is it possible for you to go dentist and be back at work within an hour or so? If yes mention it at the interview. If no go for first option.

Now another Q may be "What are you weaknesses?" Be honest! You can fail by saying "I have none." Can be anything from confidence to "I get agitated quickly" n explain why it a weakness/ how it can affect work.

Good luck.
Nayla · 51-55, F
I have been on the hiring side and I can tell you that if you are the right candidate for the job, they won't mind you having time off for the appointments. Just explain to them what you're having done and why you can't re-arrange it
frequentlyme · 70-79, M
Honesty is always the best policy, so tell the person interviewing you are excited about beginning work; but you ahve appointments you cannot change and will be able to begin on...
MeisterAndrew · 41-45, M
By saying that you can start any time but you already have some appointments scheduled. That way they know. If they truly want you they shouldn't care about that.
SoggedNapped · 31-35, M
ya, just let them know you have an apt... it shouldn't be an issue... you have a life prior to this gig.. :)
Goralski · 51-55, M
Change your dentist appointment if ya need the job
tenente · 100+, M
unless you're unemployeed you still need to give your current employer some notice of your decision to leave - which is likely when you'll have your appointment so it's not part of your response in the interview.
WishfulCreations · 22-25, F

I haven’t been employed for a few months now. I’ve been seeking work ever since
tenente · 100+, M
@WishfulCreations be honest, 'i have a commitment and i cannot reschedule i hope this is ok'. 1) sets the tone that your health is more important than a job, and 2) you learn if your future boss is a douche bag. good luck!

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