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Should I Tell Employer About My Honeymoon?

by Rick
(Houston, TX)

I recently got married and will be away for 2 weeks in June. Should I tell employers during the phone interview when they ask me about my availability? Should I tell them even if they don't ask me? Or should I wait until I am invited to a on-site interview?

I would love to hear your advice as I'm doing a phone interview for a dream job I've been hoping to get for a long time.

Right now I am very troubled with the situation as I don't want to lose the opportunity for an invitation to an on-site interview, or a job offer.

Thank you very much for all your write-ups about job interviews! They do help a lot in preparing for my interviews.

I hope you can help me out by giving me some advice. I really appreciate your time and kindness.


Mike Comments

Hello Rick-

Thanks for your interview question and kind words about my web content. I'm glad you find my site helpful to you.

The best way to handle your situation is to not mention your two week honeymoon until you get to the offer stage. Here's why:

  • The interview process could drag on for 4-6 weeks. By then, it will be a non-issue.

  • Let's say your interviews are completed in 2-3 weeks. Once the company decides to make you an offer, they'll be convinced you are "The One". Your honeymoon request will be considered reasonable and no big deal; however, if you bring it up at the beginning of the process it could be a show stopper. You don't want to take that risk.

  • During the interview process you build value and trust. This is why it's much easier at the end of the process to negotiate salary or other reasonable requests. In other words, if a company "must have you on their team", it's much easier to get what you want.

  • You could go through the entire interview process and not be extended an offer; however, you might make a good impression on one or more of the hiring authorities and be considered for a similar position 3-6 months down the road. If you hadn't interviewed, you would never get this chance.

If they ask you during your phone interview, "When can you start?; just say, "After I give my employer two weeks notice." This is very common and not at all unreasonable. This also shows them that you are closing things off with your current employer in a professional, ethical manner. Besides how can you give them an exact start date when you have no idea how long the interviewing process will take?

One of the biggest complaints I hear from job seekers today is that companies are taking their sweet time to make a hiring decision. In my recruiting practice, the average length of time from the initial phone interview to the offer stage is 4-6 weeks. In your case, this would push your offer out to mid-June which would not conflict with your honeymoon.

As an executive recruiter, I've experienced your exact situation with at least a dozen candidates over the years. It has never been a problem with a company. I even had one company allow someone to start, then 30 days later leave on a 3 week vacation to Australia because she had it planned and paid for a year in advance.

In all cases, I waited until the very end to tell the company about these vacations.

Hope this helps. Congratulations on your recent wedding!

Mike Petras

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