Post # 1
Bees, I need a little help!
I have an interview tomorrow for an administrative position. It is a one year contract job. I’m beginning my masters program this fall and I can complete almost ALL of it via distance education. The only requirement is that I need to attend an on-campus orientation session for a week at the end of August. It’s not negotiable and I need to attend to in order to begin the program.
I want to be honest and upfront about it, since I already know I need that time off, but I know how horrible it sounds to bring it up the fact I would need time off in an interview. I don’t want them to think that I’m flaking out or wouldn’t be a reliable candidate.
Should I bring it up? How should I mention it? At the end of interviews, it always gets asked whether or not you have any questions. I thought about mentioning it then. Perhaps make it clear that I don’t require any personal time, but I wanted to be honest and let them know that I need that week off?
Any help would be amazing!
Post # 3
@tropicalfish914: Don’t mention it. If/when you are offered the job and have an offer letter in front of you, then you negotiate the time off. Only when they are seriously interested in you do you even consider bringing up something to jeopardize that.
The job market is so competitive – don’t give them a reason not to hire you. I get what you’re saying about being open and honest, but that will not get you ahead in this situation (for background, a team works for me and I have experience with hiring and firing).
Post # 4
I wouldn’t mention it at the initial interview. I’d wait until further along in the process (when an offer may be forthcoming), when the employer would likely ask you about your availability/when you could start if you were chosen for the position.
Post # 5
Wait until you’re hired. I wouldn’t mention it during an interview. Just be aware that most places have a probation period. Mine were usually 90 days. But since it’s for school they’ll have a harder time saying no.
Post # 6
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
Wait til they offer you the job, then tell them! Good luck!
My FI is going through this same thing right now. Job hunting, hopefully will be offered a job, and then he’ll spring the “Oh and I need a week off in August cause I’m getting married…”
Post # 7
Don’t bring it up until you have a job offer. Then you can address the time you’ll need off before accepting the position.
Post # 8
I agree with all the PP. I was in a similar situation a few years ago. I got a call for a maternity leave cover position (here in Canada, that’s a year long gig), and it was to start in Feb. I had already booked a vacation with friends for March. So I interviewed, and when they offered me the job, I told them I would accept, however I did have a previously booked vacation, and would need week X off (approximately 6 weeks away). They worked around it, and it was fine. I took it as unpaid time off, and told them I would do so upfront so there wouldn’t be any expectations.
I wouldn’t say anything in the interview. If someone is just as qualified as you, and doesn’t say anything about needing any time off, that person might seem more attractive to them.
Post # 9
@tropicalfish914: Don’t say anything in your first enterview, only when they tell you they are interested in hiring.
I had a similar situation some weeks ago, I had a trip to turkey in august, all planned and paid for and then a job offer came along, I only mention it after they told me they wanted me. I can’t go, and they explained very well why…(and I trully belive there was no way I could go, my boss explained why she couldn’t give me the time) but I think in your case it’s not going to be a problem, because is your education and that in it self it’s a plus for your resumé and the company, and not some trip/vacations.
After they want you, explain that problem, I’m sure everything will turn out fine 🙂
Post # 10
I’ve been with my new job for 3 weeks now. I mentioned in the interview(s) that I was getting married, but didn’t go into too much more detail. Once they hired me and I got settled in, they brought up my wedding date and the time off I will need and had no problem with it!
Post # 11
Thanks for all the replies! I just had my interview and I think it went well! I didn’t mention anything about it. They told me I would hear back by the end of the day tomorrow…so I’m pretty anxious!
I’m from Canada too! This position sounds the same as yours…a mat leave contract. Fingers crossed!
And to all the other lovely bees who replied, thank you! Pre-interview nerves were getting the best of me!
Post # 12
People are allowed to have lives. It’s a week. You just need to say you do have travel plans already made for a certain week, so you would want that time off. People take time off. Just tell them, and don’t make a big deal out of it. Go in with all the cards on the table. They’ll resent you for not saying so in the interview when you do get the job.
Post # 13
There’s also normally a “is there any time in the near future you expect you’ll be away or unavailable?” Don’t lie in a job interview. All that sets you up for is a short employment with a bad reference.
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Post # 15
Don’t bring it up until after you have the job. I didn’t tell my future boss I need 2 weeks off for my wedding/honeymoon until after I was hired and it was no biggie. Don’t lie if they ask, but I would definitely not bring it up!