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Old 04-17-2021, 08:42 PM
 
Location: morrow,ga
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I am kinda tired of working 6-7 days a week almost every week. Alot of places expect some overtime but how do you find out if they expect too much overtime? I work at a warehouse, btw. Looking at a variety of jobs, some supply chain, some customer service. Is it common for companies to lie about that kind of stuff?
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Old 04-18-2021, 07:29 AM
 
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Ask them straight up, but in a manner which makes it seem like you WANT to work OT. Such as "Would there be opportunity for overtime for me outside of the normal 40 hours?" Don't ask it like "I really can't/don't want to work OT, I really hope it's not required here." Flip it around.
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Old 04-18-2021, 08:11 AM
 
Location: Massachusetts
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Ask them straight up, but in a manner which makes it seem like you WANT to work OT. Such as "Would there be opportunity for overtime for me outside of the normal 40 hours?" Don't ask it like "I really can't/don't want to work OT, I really hope it's not required here." Flip it around.
I agree with being up front but I don't agree that the way to go at it is to manke it sound like that is what you want. If that is what they are looking for, they will like that about you and expect it. If you currently have a job (which it sounds like you do), you don't have much to lose by being up front. I know this goes against all conventional advice, and I would not take this approach if you NEED The job. But I would ask what the typical work schedukle would be and how often you'd be expected to work overtime. Mind you, you are still trusting them to be truthful, which they may not be (whether because they are consciously fibbing or don't realize what their subconsious expectations are) so you should also check reviews that may be available on places like Indeed or Monster. Hopefully there will be enough reviews that you cans sense any themes which are more likely to be accurate than a single review.
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Old 04-18-2021, 08:25 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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You could ask something about how the workplace prioritizes work-life balance for their employees. If the answer is along the lines of "work is everything" or "we're like a family" then you know where you'll stand.
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Old 04-18-2021, 08:52 AM
 
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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Just ask the hiring manager about overtime requirements and see what their response is.
Watch their body language for any inconsistencies if you think they may not be up front with you. You can tell a lot by what they say and what they are reluctant to say.
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Old 04-18-2021, 09:36 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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Look for key words like "fast paced," "high pressure," "dynamic," etc.
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Old 04-18-2021, 10:29 AM
 
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It's also possible they might straight-up tell you. I've seen companies before who will pretty much state that they expect you to work long hours or be available 24-7. Often because they've hired other people who were blindsided by it and quit in short order, and they got tired of the turnover, so they started telling potential hires, "We expect our employees to be {whatever words they use to mean they're going to work you long hours, ridiculous shifts, or both}."

Right after college I applied somewhere... can't even remember what the job was, switchboard or something maybe? In the interview they kept talking about how they need their employees to be "flexible" as past people they hired weren't. IOW... they were going to call me to come to work at all sorts of varying shifts, and also last-minute, and I'd better jump. I decided to pass.
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Old 04-18-2021, 11:03 AM
 
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I agree with being up front but I don't agree that the way to go at it is to manke it sound like that is what you want. If that is what they are looking for, they will like that about you and expect it. If you currently have a job (which it sounds like you do), you don't have much to lose by being up front. I know this goes against all conventional advice, and I would not take this approach if you NEED The job. But I would ask what the typical work schedukle would be and how often you'd be expected to work overtime. Mind you, you are still trusting them to be truthful, which they may not be (whether because they are consciously fibbing or don't realize what their subconsious expectations are) so you should also check reviews that may be available on places like Indeed or Monster. Hopefully there will be enough reviews that you cans sense any themes which are more likely to be accurate than a single review.

The point is that if they think you want overtime they may open up about how much overtime is available or required, then you can use that to decline an offer. How truthful a party is often depends on whether they expect the truth to be well received.
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Old 04-18-2021, 11:06 AM
 
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Look for key words like "fast paced," "high pressure," "dynamic," etc.

Or "mission critical", "goal-oriented", and especially "whatever it takes".
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Old 04-18-2021, 12:53 PM
 
Location: interior Alaska
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Just ask how many hours per week you can expect to work if you're hired. That's a neutral way of phrasing it.
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