Eight hours means eight hours
June 9, 2009 7:08 PM Subscribe
What's a good way of finding out a job is really going to be eight hours a day and usually not more before you take the job?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (16 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
I'm considering looking for a new job. One of the things I most want in a new job is an eight-hour workday.
I always ask "How long is the typical workday?" in interviews, and the answer I've gotten from every job I've taken has always been some form of "It's usually an eight-hour day, but as you know, once in a while we hit crunch times in this industry (software), and then we have to stay late. But that's just a few times a year." At one job I took, this turned out to be true. At two others, it wasn't, and everyone ended up working 10-hour days (at the least) fairly regularly. At some points in my career, devoting 12-hour days for some project felt heroic, but right now, I can't afford to give away extra time. (For what it's worth, I don't think the interviewers were being consciously misrepresentative.)
It could be that this is just one of those things you have to gamble on when you take a job. If anyone has any tips on reliably getting the real deal on a company's workday without grilling the interviewers and seeming undesirably preoccupied with this issue, I'd love to hear them.