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How long would it take to get up to speed in this job?

 

Disciplines > Job-finding > Interview questions > How long would it take to get up to speed in this job?

The question | What they are looking for | How to answer | See also

 

The question

How long would it take to get up to speed in this job?

If you got the job, when do you think you would be fully functional?

How quickly do you pick up the detail of a new position?

What they are looking for

This question may well imply that they are interested in you but have a concern about how long it would take you to become fully functional.

It might also indicate that they have a strong need for someone in the job right now.

The the job can mean getting to know many people or fitting in with a new culture. Some teams, for example, will test new members and can be slow to give trust and start collaborating fully.

How to answer

Perhaps they have doubts about your basic skills and knowledge. Reassure them with further evidence that you can do the job.

I did a similar job in JK Corp and have had a number of new roles in my career. I know I would be delivering value from day one.

Where the job clearly has a learning curve show you understand the task and your own ability and determination.

I would have to review processes and get to know people. Realistically think I would be functioning at 50% within a week and 80% within a month.

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