"Why do you want to work 80 hours per week?"

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Whenever I was asked this question, I never gave a bullshit answer. I said that obviously the hours aren't a pro of working in this industry, but its not something that i necessarily mind and it will help me learn a lot. I also brought up my student loan debt and that I really wanted to pay it off.

Interested to hear other perspectives on this.

Comments (13)

Sep 17, 2019
  • Ability to learn
  • Doing what it takes to be the best (Drive and Passion)
    -Never mention your student loans
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Sep 17, 2019

Best answer is that you see this as an investment in yourself and your career, and so don't mind the hours as it will pay off in the future.

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Sep 17, 2019


Sep 17, 2019

+1. 9-5 at something you don't enjoy isn't great as well.

Sep 17, 2019

"80 hours? I thought I was interviewing for a full time position."

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Sep 29, 2019

User name checks out

Sep 18, 2019

First, student loans aren't really what you want to be bringing up in an interview. It makes it sound like you're just taking the job for the money.

Second, without getting into 'BS', I think you could reasonably talk about the aspects of the job that you would enjoy that necessitate the long hours. This is a job that gives you a pretty large amount of responsibility working on analysis that your clients really care about, It's hard to imagine a role with those characteristics where a client asks you something and just says 'yeah, just get back to me whenever.'

Lastly, as you pointed out, you could talk about how at this point in your career, one of the best investments you can make is learning a lot, and that just getting a lot of reps in is going to help you succeed in the long term.

Sep 18, 2019

"I hate my wife/girlfriend at home"


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Sep 19, 2019

Me personally:

  1. Get bored/antsy when I have too much free time
  2. I think about my career like it's compounding interest - the more fuel I give it the sooner, the better off I'll be.
  3. Would rather have an intense job with long hours than a boring one with stable hours.
Sep 24, 2019

Paraphrasing the Greatest here : **I don't count the hours, I make the hours count. **

Sep 29, 2019

ew. this is LinkedIn tier BS

An incoming medical student interested in health tech, consulting, and entrepreneurship.

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Sep 30, 2019

The banana wasn't enough recognition so wanted to say good job

Sep 29, 2019