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    I've got a job interview in London next week and I suspect that I will be asked this question "When can you start work?"

    How should I appropriately answer this question?

    I don't live in London and it would take me 2 hours to*travel ti London via train.

    Thanks.*
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    What's your plan in terms of commute, accommodation etc. for this job? If you're in a current job, what's your notice period?

    Whatever that is, estimate how long it will take you and then that will be your answer. Typically for most it's between: immediate - 4 weeks.

    This isn't some trick question... they want to know when you can start working so that they can arrange the appropriate preparations in time.
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    (Original post by lalalalalalamember)
    I've got a job interview in London next week and I suspect that I will be asked this question "When can you start work?"

    How should I appropriately answer this question?

    I don't live in London and it would take me 2 hours to*travel ti London via train.

    Thanks.*
    Your length of commute is irrelevant- they aren't asking for the time you can start, rather in how many weeks- so if you have notice period to serve in your current job or a holiday booked in the immediate post interview period you can say you'll be free in x weeks when they are finished. If you don't have any existing commitments you can say you'll be free to start straightaway.
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    Like others have said, that question usually means a date, not time of the day. If you currently have a job they usually require a notice period that you are leaving which usually is between 1 week and a month. So when a potential employer asks you when you can start, they expect an answer like 'immediately' or 'in two weeks' etc.
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    (Original post by lalalalalalamember)
    I've got a job interview in London next week and I suspect that I will be asked this question "When can you start work?"

    How should I appropriately answer this question?

    I don't live in London and it would take me 2 hours to*travel ti London via train.

    Thanks.*
    Already been mentioned that it's not what time, it's what day your first day can be.

    I would add that unless you're planning to move to London, 2 hours is a bit too much for travelling and will eat into your pay. Then again, renting in London would take more of a chunk out, which you can minimise by sharing.
 
 
 
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