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Old 10-16-2018, 12:21 PM
 
Location: The Windy City
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I have an interview on Friday, Oct 19 and I'm sure they will ask when I can start. If they offer the position, it will likely be sometime next week.

Usually I would immediately put in my 2 weeks notice at my current position (which would terminate around Nov 7) and start the new position on the following Monday (which would be Nov 12).

However, there is one major problem with this scenario... I'm going to Europe for 3 weeks and will leave on Nov 15 and return on Dec 8. Why did I apply for a job knowing I'm going on vacation soon? Well, I'm sure we've all experienced times where employers take weeks or months to call for an interview. I was surprised that they called so soon.

Because of this, I will likely ask for a start date of Jan 2. This date works for several reasons.

1. I don't think it's fair to my current employer to take a 3 week vacation, then not return. I considered giving a two weeks notice at my current position and quitting the day before my vacation begins, taking my trip, then starting the new job when I return, but the only problem is that I won't get paid a lot for the saved up vacation days. I'm much better off taking the vacation days.
2. The time between Dec 10 (the first Monday after I return) and Christmas means I would only work for two weeks.

Am I asking for too much with the Jan 2 start date or should I consider other options?
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Old 10-16-2018, 01:22 PM
 
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All you can do is lay your cards o the table and see if they can work with you. Depending on the position and my needs, I would tell you to start when you got back, or I would pass on you. Is your trip already paid for?
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Old 10-16-2018, 02:51 PM
 
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^^ what Joe from Dayton said.
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Old 10-16-2018, 03:14 PM
 
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Yep, trip is already paid for. I'll mention starting when I return from the trip or starting in January and see what they say. Since it's a position at a university, they may want someone to be on board before the start of the semester in January.
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Old 10-16-2018, 06:54 PM
 
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What's the position?
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Old 10-16-2018, 09:25 PM
 
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Student services related
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Old 10-17-2018, 07:25 AM
 
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Then they are probably going to want you on board and trained before the next semester starts. There are tons of well qualified people trying to get jobs in Higher Ed. As an FYI, Higher Ed generally moves slowly. They may be interviewing people over several weeks. It could easily be a month or more before an offer is made to a candidate.
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Old 10-17-2018, 08:45 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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You just tell them your desired start date and see what they say.

You will most likely have to choose between the job and your vacation.
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Old 10-17-2018, 12:13 PM
 
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Am I asking for too much with the Jan 2 start date or should I consider other options?
You are right, they often drag their feet for months. I think it is premature to expect them to complete all their interviews and make an offer that you would even start so soon. They might schedule phone interviews quickly, but that doesn't mean the rest of the process will come along at the same pace.

If after the phone interview they want you to come in for an in-person interview, give them your dates of availability. Explain that you have a previously planned taking you to Europe giving the dates of when you will be available.

If you get an offer, then you can deal with the timing of it, but I'd be surprised if they want you to start until after your trip, cause companies these days move very slowly and more often than in the past they end up not filling the position too.
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Old 10-17-2018, 03:52 PM
 
Location: The Windy City
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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?
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