Killer Interview Question: Do You Check Your Email When You’re On Holidays?

You might want to show your interviewer that you’re a hard worker by saying yes to this week’s KIQ, but is that what they really want to hear?

You obviously want to put your best foot forward at a job interview and show that you’re a dedicated worker. But organisations are becoming increasingly cautious about overworking staff and are pushing the concept of work-life balance; they don’t want their employees to burn out.

If you’re checking work emails when you’re on holidays, it may raise questions about whether you’ll push yourself too hard and overwork yourself.

So how should you answer when an interviewer asks you “Are you the type of person who checks their email when they are on holidays?”

Entrepreneur writer John Rampton has a suggestion on how to answer this tricky question:

“Let the employer know that you are 100 percent committed to your work. However, let them know that you also need time away from the office. Make it clear that you will have all of your responsibilities completed before you leave for vacation and that you may be contacted if there is an emergency.

“Keep in mind, if you’re like Elon Musk or myself… the answer I’m really wanting may be a little different as I’m running a startup and really want my team working 24/7. If we’re not working harder, faster and longer than everyone else, we will lose the race.”

How would you answer this question? Let us know in the comments.


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