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Old 10-17-2018, 05:19 PM
 
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Oh, forgot to mention that this first interview is an in-person interview. There is no phone interview. That makes me think they are moving quickly with the position.

Also, the position was originally posted in May and just recently was reposted. I'm guessing they didn't find a suitable candidate.

On another note, I'm not at all impressed with the HR department here. They originally scheduled me for an interview tomorrow, but want to reschedule to next week because they are relocating their offices. Shouldn't they have known for weeks or months about their office relocation?
Of course.

So this is a job at a college. They move at a snails pace for hiring. A friend of mine who was on the staff at a college said they will advertise a staff position and think nothing of taking 4-5 months until they bring anyone in and then months later before making a decision.
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Old 10-17-2018, 05:58 PM
 
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In my experience a face to face interview is frequently the first step in support jobs in higher ed. Sometimes you know about a relocation months in advance, sometimes you find out when they walk in to your office and tell you that you are moving.
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Old 10-18-2018, 04:54 PM
 
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They haven't even offered you the job, and you are worried about start date. It would be highly unusual for them to offer you the job, during the interview.

They could call you back the same day and offer the job. The hiring manager would still need sign-off from HR and finance for any offers extended to a candidate.

It's only one document, but not everybody signs off on stuff immediately.
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Old 10-18-2018, 06:33 PM
 
Location: Western Washington
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I work at a college, and things often do move slowly, but once interviews happen the hiring decision can be quick. I usually make an offer within 2-4 days of the final interview, and I have done it as soon was 30 minutes after the interview.

It really depends on the position and temperament of the manager if they are willing to wait until December or January as a start date. Be honest and see where they stand.
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Old 10-19-2018, 01:17 PM
 
Location: The Windy City
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They haven't even offered you the job, and you are worried about start date. It would be highly unusual for them to offer you the job, during the interview.
In most interviews I've had, they usually ask about start date. I just wanted to be prepared. Fortunately they did not ask during the interview, so I didn't have to mention it at all. They said they are interviewing other candidates, so since they are in the first steps of the hiring process, they probably aren't worried yet about start date.

The person in charge told me that the HR recruiter is new and doesn't know all of the ins and outs yet, so that explains some of the miscommunication and confusion.



The interview went well. It was a 6 person interview panel and it was laid back and more casual. I felt good about it, but don't want to get my hopes up.

The awkward thing is that one of the people on the panel knows my current supervisor. He told me at the end of the interview that he wouldn't say anything, so that's good.
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Old 10-30-2018, 05:31 PM
 
Location: The Windy City
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Update! I got offered the position with a 15% salary increase!

HR called and wanted me to start on Nov 26. I told them about the trip and the HR rep asked if I had told the hiring manager. I said I had not because I was told they were doing more interviews, so I assumed it would be at least another month before I heard anything about moving forward with the hiring process.

I said I could start on Dec 10 or anytime before Christmas. If that doesn't work, I said I could start first thing in January. She said she is going to talk to the hiring manager. I just hope they will work with me.
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Old 10-30-2018, 06:37 PM
 
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Congratulations!
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Old 10-30-2018, 06:43 PM
 
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I would have told them in the interview, since such long vacations are usually planned way in advance.. now they might think what other important information are you holding back?
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Old 10-30-2018, 08:11 PM
 
Location: Western Washington
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Congratulations. Excellent news.
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Old 11-01-2018, 01:05 AM
 
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I would have told them in the interview, since such long vacations are usually planned way in advance.. now they might think what other important information are you holding back?
The OP explained the reason for that and did the right thing. If they seriously want to consider someone else now for the job because of it, the OP is better off not working with such twisted management.

The OP could have shared the vacation with everyone there and it could have come across as bragging and say that worked against the OP too.

People in business have to negotiate start dates all the time because of paid bonuses, stock options, stock grants, etc. There is no reason to share any of that until an offer is actually on the table.

In my experience, what HR seems so "concerned about" ends up being a non-issue to the hiring manager. If the hiring manager wants to hire someone, they really don't care what HR has to say about it unless they unearth something substantial like a failed drug test.
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