There are a variety of reasons why hiring managers might ask this question: They might want to know if you are aware of your time management skills for a healthy work-life balance, if you value being effective, efficient and productive, if you are willing to work overtime and/or check email from home.
“There are times when working from home is inevitable. For example, at [Company XYZ] I had to collaborate with coworkers working in different time zones. I made sure to stay on top of my own personal workload, but every once a while we had to collaborate outside working hours to finalize the projects.
Although I don’t shy away from taking work home with me, I try not to make it a habit. I spend time up-front creating a timeline for myself to ensure that I can deliver on time. That way, I remain organized which decreases errors, improves my productivity and overall work-life balance.”
Interview Question Tips
- Don’t distinguish good from bad. There is something to say for both working overtime and leaving in a timely fashion without taking work home with you. Try not to give a negative response to one way or the other.
- Do know the company culture. It’s important to do some research and find out more about the shared values, mission/vision, attitudes and practices that characterize the organization. That way, you can emphasize the working attitude that aligns with company values.