So a recruiter emails me asking me for my availability and provides me with details of the interview which involves a test. I tell the recruiter that I am able to attend the interview on so and so day at so and so time.

the recruiter then copy and pastes the same email she had sent me again but changes it a little bit. she confirms the availability date and then also asks for my 'availability at the earliest opportunity' again.

I don't understand she had just confirmed the date and time and now asks the same question again.

Is she trying to ask for my notice period?

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    I'd guess she's processing lots of candidates and just made a mistake. Ask her? If she did want to know your notice period she'd probably just ask directly because it is a reasonable thing for her to need to know. And / or trying to get you hired as fast as possible, because that's when she gets paid.
    – Rup
    Commented Dec 18, 2018 at 17:56
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    We can only speculate what the recruiter means. Just reply and ask for clarification.
    – stannius
    Commented Dec 18, 2018 at 17:59
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    They are asking if granted the opportunity, when can you start.
    – Neo
    Commented Dec 18, 2018 at 18:06
  • having one day free to interview is not the same as having every workday free to work, is it?
    – dandavis
    Commented Dec 18, 2018 at 18:56
  • @Dandavis I don't understand your comment
    – emjeffreys
    Commented Dec 18, 2018 at 18:59

1 Answer 1


When a company wants to hire people, they are interested in two dates:

  • When are they available for an interview?
  • When can they start working for us?

So asking from which date on you are available to start working is a legitimate question.

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