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I have a 2 hour commute home. In an interview for a role, is it reasonable to ask if I’d be able to leave work an hour early every day and do an hour’s worth of work on the train home?

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I would not phrase it as such but I would ask about flexible work arrangements and expectations to be in the office daily

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Definitely don't mention the commute. You're applying for the job with a listed location, so it's expected that commute to that location isn't an issue. Guide the conversation around flexibility. WFH, working remotely, flexible hours, client travel, face time with team etc.

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4 hours back and forth? That’s insane AF

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Around here, pretty standard for a lot of people who commute into NYC. 1.5 hours if the stars align.

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Responses are spot on 2 hour commute is nuts

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I’d double check policies to see if you can get a hotel with a commute > 90 min

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I know of it happening at Accenture

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I proved myself capable then asked for this and always get it. It’s happened more than a few times for me too. I don’t ask right off the bat though.

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that’s actually a great idea thank you!!

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See if you can get 2 or 3 days of remote work.

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My team let me leave an hour early when I had a crazy commute like that. Don’t see the issue as long as you’re getting your work done.

During Q&A ask your interviewers what their commute is like. Use that conversation stream to share your commute and wonder aloud if they've seen flex opportunities in the past.

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