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Any advice for asking about work/life balance in job interviews without coming off as lazy or unreliable?

I put in crazy hours for my first 5 years in the industry, and it burned me out. I’m hoping to find an agency or brand that has decent creative opportunities but still respects boundaries. Does that even exist?

I’m also considering giving up on working at a “cool” place in exchange for only working 40 hours/week (and finding creative fulfillment outside of my main career).

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Maybe ask how the leadership defines work/life balance? It’s something most companies purport to support, but what do they mean? That way rather than telling them what you expect you can understand what they value and see if it jives?

Work/life balance could mean “work hard/play hard” (also a little BS) it could mean straight 9-5, it could mean choose your hours. Does their definition match yours? There are lots of ways to do work life balance well.

I also would not hold it against someone if they said something like “ I let myself get really burned out in my last role and I can put work in its proper place, which is important but not all encompassing” or something to that affect.

Ideas, not answers.

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Thanks! This is really helpful!

What about something like, how do you accommodate differences in peoples unique definitions of work/life balance?

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