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How to answer this interview question?

 
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I was aske in an interview --

How long should a person work

What are they trying to find by this answer? This was for a position of lead developer. So are they trying to find how long am I willing to work or are they trying to find how long do I expect other devlopers to work...

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What are they trying to find by this answer?

Next time ask them.

IMHO, the only way to find the answer is to ask the interviewer for clarification/details. Here is a scenario:

-- How long should a person work?
-- [Before I answer your question, could you please clarify] which person you mean? myself? or other developers working with me?
-- Get the f##k out of here! How can you be qualified for this job if you can't read my genious mind? Next!...

or (more likely)
-- I mean, how long should you work?
...and now you answer or ask for more details

Or you can guess on what they mean. Or we can guess it for you. But you still can't be sure
[ July 19, 2004: Message edited by: Dmitry Melnik ]
 
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If you are in the EU there is legislation to follow.

47 hours per week is the maximum allowable , I believe. Workers with Permanent jobs tend to keep a close eye on the rules. Contract workers prefer the overtime at extra rates per hour.
 
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What's wrong with, "until I retire"?
 
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As long as , the person and employer mutually benefitted ..
 
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Thanks for your replies.


How many hours a day person should work.

This was the question.

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Originally posted by Gemini Moses:
I was aske in an interview --

How long should a person work

What are they trying to find by this answer? This was for a position of lead developer. So are they trying to find how long am I willing to work or are they trying to find how long do I expect other devlopers to work...

Thanks!



I think the answer they were looking for was "until the job is finished" or something suitably gung-ho.
 
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It's advisable to never sit at a computer monitor for more than an hour. In some companies you are asked to take a stretch at least that often. It's important to look at something far away so you don't ruin your eyes, and stretch so you don't get blood clots in your legs.

It's very possible that they wanted to make sure you don't burn-out, or make other developers burn out. It's also possible to solve a problem faster by thinking about it while having a stretch, you can often find creative ways around problems this way.
 
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-- How many hours a day person should work?
-- You mean, productively work? It really depends.

...now you load them with possible factors the # of working hours depends on, ask which factors normally apply in their situation, make them talk more, listen carefully for what they say. They'll give hints on the answer they want. Then, having those hints, give them the answer which is most appropriate for you
[ July 20, 2004: Message edited by: Dmitry Melnik ]
 
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