we gotta make sure we get things done on time or ahead of time, if we can.
I am one of those success stories, Jack.
I started off in the mailroom, and now I'm in management.
You can use it almost the same as "start", but it implies that there are stages to whatever you're doing, or that things might change later on. For example, if you were talking about your exercise plans you might say, "I'll start off with a two mile run, then do some yoga." You could also say, "Blind dates always start off awkward, but as you get to know the person, they usually get better."
You could not, however, say, "You should start off looking for a job," instead of "You should start looking for a job."
what sort of timeline can I expect on the decision.
well, we'are tough on the deadlines, so we're gonna let people know by the end of the week
which leads me to ask you, when are you available to start?
well, I have to give my present company around two weeks' notice.
*tough on someone:
severe and demanding in dealing with someone. (*Typically: act ~; be ~; become ~; get~.)
e.g. My boss is very tough on me, but I need the structure and discipline.
Do you have any reservations about my qualifications?
I think that I'm a good fit for this position.
So, what are the next steps in the hiring process?
I should be able to tell you my decision by next Monday.
Oh, and could I have one of your business cards?
I'm excited by the possibility of working here.