I'd love to work here...in two months.
May 16, 2012 7:55 PM Subscribe
I have an interview tomorrow. I had a phone interview that went well enough that they’ve asked me to meet other people on the team in person. The job seems like a good fit for my skills and based on what I’ve learned so far, I’d like the job. The issue: I’ve planned a month-long trip for July.
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This trip is already paid for, business-class airfare and apartment. It’s a splurge for my birthday that I can just afford and it would be great to come back to a job. (I’ve also invited my nieces to come for the last week of July as graduation presents.)
I’m a francophile and try to go to France every couple of years. I’m on a, seemingly, eternal quest to speak French fluently and I’m planning to sign up for French classes while there. (I’ve already decided on a school and such but haven't paid yet.) I also really need a job. I’ve been freelancing for a friend and that has worked out great, thus the trip, but that gig just ended.
So, how and when do I mention this during the interview and perhaps hiring process? I would like to start August 1st. One aspect of the job is for experience with a not widely used/known system and I have that knowledge even though it’s a bit rusty. The other aspect of the job is for important but not too uncommon skills. I would be willing to work remotely or to start coming up to speed before working in the office. Since this isn’t my first French trip, I’m not doing lots of touristy stuff, been there done that. My goal is to live more like a native so holding down a job would be fine.
Any suggestions on when to mention my trip up and how to favorably position myself as great for the job while negotiating a later start date than I suspect they’ll expect? They do have European offices and the job includes working with those locations but I don’t know to what extent. Obviously, it's a non-issue if they don't want to hire me but do I bring it up before or after an offer? After seems bad form and before could kick me out of the running.