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Alicia Kelly
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I just had an interview last Tuesday. It was going very well for the most part. The hiring manager liked all of my answers and found my skills and experiences very relevant to the job (she said so herself). Then at the end of the interview, she asked me if I had any question. I asked her what is the work-life balance like for the full time employees. And all of the sudden her face changed. I felt like I was judged as a "lazy worker" for asking that question. She was telling me that the standard hours are 40 hours but the company culture is to motivate everyone to perform "above and beyond".

I never heard back since. I can't stop wondering if I asked the wrong question.

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Steven Ransom
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An exceptional professional who has over ten years of experience.

Your question was very relevant and transparent, work-life balance is an important aspect of a healthy work environment.

Stop wondering if you asked the wrong question. You did not!.

  • Don't assume that no news is bad news it's only been seven days since your interview! Don't give up on the opportunity too soon. Employers almost always need more time.

No BS Hiring Advice: So when the interviewer says to you, that’s the end of the interview, do you have any questions for us, ask these 3 questions:

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Ellen Kirchman
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I think if she didn't like that question it's a red flag about the company's terrible work-life balance. Maybe you dodged a bullet.

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Angelina Elliott
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Respectfully Alicia, I can't speak for any other hiring manager, but I have a more transparent approach with people. You can tell a great deal about an organization in some ways by those who interview with you because a specific culture is carried throughout. During an interview, is the clear time for you to be allowed to not only be interviewed by the organization, but for you to interview them as well because you want there to be a mutual fit. So, what I would recommend is sometimes it's not what you ask, is how you ask. So, for candidates it's not only enough to do your best research on that company, but also find ways to ask your questions to where there are no assumptions left behind. Can I make a future suggestion? so if you have questions pertaining to work life balance, maybe approach with, "May I inquire what is the companies PTO policy?" "What benefits focus on work life balance?", "What is a typical day like, for someone in this role?" " What does success look like in this role?" " What is the expectation set for the first 30/60/90 days?". With how you word your question can allow more depth in response for you, notice red flags, allow the hiring manager to give you more insight and also appear you have a valid interest in the company. I hope this helps! Also, is not a recommended practice to ghost candidates either, so please keep your head up and wish you all the best with your future interviews.

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Pam Free
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Work Life Balance is something employers resent if they are a garbage minded slave mentality workplace. Next time ask "In your opinion who is your ideal candidate"? This will give you a good or negative impression of the company values.

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Thomas Moore
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I have used that question and couple others if didn't like direction interview was headed. Judged their reaction and thanked them for the interview. Surprised how many called me back when I ended interview.

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Missy Justus
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No , sounds like misunderstanding. Call them back

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THOMAS CHELSTOWSKI
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Just caught your story, Alicia! That has happened to me! If you ask a question -ANYTHING-- you can destroy your interview!!! I watch faces closely, and you are right! Its like a game. Some of these people need psychiatric help ASAP!!!

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Torie Miley
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Honey! You have value or else there was no reason to meet. But! Employers that make you feel substandard in the interview probably aren't a good match. Keep searching....

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Florence Mwangi
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I am currently a healthcare worker looking for a new job because of work lIfe balance. I have two toddlers.

My career coach advised me if indirect ways to find out about work life balance. Getting to the point where you can ask for interview with the team to get a feel of who you will be working with. Taking on the social cues to get a feel on if the team looks relaxed and if anyone talks about what they do outside of work. I read a blog that once shared, looking around the interviewers office if possible to see if there are any pictures of their kids/family.

I think you have to get an on-site interview to assess all this.

Work life balance is on the top of my list and I know I will need to figure out if my next employer will be able to offer that and flexibility.

I am still researching strategic ways to get a feel for assessing work life balance during an interview because.

I also had a former colleague just use the word “balance” to talk about work life balance.

You dodged a boss/job or role that would have had you making difficult choices between your family and keeping your job and that is too much stress.

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Scott Travers
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Sounds like you avoided a toxic situation. Your question was absolutely valid and appropriate.

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