How to answer the

"When can you start?"

interview question

Alternative ways of asking this question

  • When would you be able to start work?

Why would an interviewer ask you this question?

This question is a straightforward question for two reasons. First, the interviewer wants to know when you are available. Second, they want to see if you need to be responsible for letting a current employer know that you are leaving the company and providing them proper notice. Be prepared if the interviewer gives you both a short-term and long-term start date.

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