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Old 01-23-2014, 12:40 PM
 
Location: Passaic, NJ
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I will be graduating from college in June. I am already looking for jobs and might get an interview soon. I just started to apply though so I want to wait and see in order to get the best job possible. Do you tell them you need some time to think about it or what? I don't want to accept the job yet, but don't want to burn bridges either cuz what if I need them later. I can't start until after June anyway.
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Old 01-23-2014, 02:14 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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I have run into that a few times, and we will give 2-3 days to think about it. Then we call for a decision and if not accepted will move on to the next best candidate. One normal question is "If selected, when would you be available to start?" If your answer is July, they are not likely to wait that long anyway. I would still go for any interviews you can get, practice is very valuable.
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Old 01-23-2014, 08:56 PM
 
Location: NJ
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The short answer is you can't have your cake and eat it to. Companies aren't going to wait around for you. They might give you a few days. Maybe a week if you are lucky.
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Old 01-24-2014, 06:28 AM
 
Location: Western Washington
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Interviewing now when you cannot accept a job now is potentially burning bridges. There is no way I would allow a candidate 5-6 months to consider my offer, which is what you seem to want to do.

Even if you accepted now, there is no way I would wait 6 months for you to start.

Start looking for jobs in April.
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Old 01-24-2014, 06:49 AM
 
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If you can't start till summer, don't interview now.

As noted above, we'll give you a day or two to think about it and that's it. Why do you think you have the luxury of waiting around for job offers?
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Old 01-24-2014, 07:01 AM
 
Location: Florida
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Its cute how optimistic college students are about landing a job right out of college.
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Old 01-24-2014, 09:26 AM
 
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Don't listen to these people. Depending on your field, companies start hiring as much as a year ahead of time for new grads. I graduate in May and started searching seriously in August. Made it to two final round interviews, and had offers in hand for both. One company gave me 5 days to make a decision and the other gave me one week, then a second when I needed more time to get my written offer from the second company. Ended up accepting an offer and will start in June. That being said, I'm in a high demand engineering specialty. What is your major?
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Old 01-24-2014, 05:28 PM
 
Location: Passaic, NJ
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Don't listen to these people. Depending on your field, companies start hiring as much as a year ahead of time for new grads. I graduate in May and started searching seriously in August. Made it to two final round interviews, and had offers in hand for both. One company gave me 5 days to make a decision and the other gave me one week, then a second when I needed more time to get my written offer from the second company. Ended up accepting an offer and will start in June. That being said, I'm in a high demand engineering specialty. What is your major?
It's not a high demand major. I alread got an interview offer btw for the haters out there. I'm gonna turn it down and wait for better opportunities though. Companies often hire months ahead of time, esp when people have to move long distance. In regards to being a fresh college grad, thats true, but I still have some decent job exp.
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Old 01-24-2014, 05:30 PM
 
Location: NJ
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Its cute how optimistic college students are about landing a job right out of college.
I know many who did land a job, and had an offer prior to graduation day. My godson had 2, one from one of the top CPG US corps, and a member of the 100 best companies to work for, another from a different giant corp.
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Old 01-24-2014, 06:14 PM
 
Location: Passaic, NJ
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I know many who did land a job, and had an offer prior to graduation day. My godson had 2, one from one of the top CPG US corps, and a member of the 100 best companies to work for, another from a different giant corp.
Way I see it, it's only hard to find a job when:
-u are a moron
-not well trained/prepared for job hunting like don't know where/how to apply, how to look, not well designed resume/cover letter, etc.
-geographic limitation
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