How to answer the question, 'What's your availability?'
CHICAGO, IL -- Some interview questions may throw you for a loop, but, "What's your availability?" is a common question job search platform Glassdoor says many candidates can expect to encounter. The answer to this question varies dramatically from industry to industry. Service industry jobs might want to know if you can work weekends, and a traditional office job will want to know exactly when you can start.
Resist the urge to say, "I'm available right away." Instead, consider a time-frame that will allow you to leave your current job on good terms. It's in your best interest to ask for enough time to properly give notice and wrap things up with your soon-to-be-ex-employer. The exit processes of past employees can help you solidify a proper time-frame for notifying your current boss. To leave an even better impression, you can provide your boss with a plan for how you will leave a current project and how you will train the next employee filling your role.
After assessing the date that will work for your current employer, ask the interviewer what their timetable is...and then give them a date within that time-frame that best suits you. While the thought of taking a new job is exciting, picking a start date that will also please your current boss is key to maintaining a good relationship with a company.