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Prospective job & taking a holiday
« on: February 08, 2019, 04:41:12 PM »
I'm in the final round for a vacancy that's a good match for my skillset (yay!). Final interviews ended three weeks ago, and at the company has delayed their hiring decision multiple times. Most recently they told me they'd choose someone this week. Unfortunately, I haven't heard anything as of 4:30pm Friday.

My partner and I were hoping to combining his annual leave with bank holidays and plan a longish trip. The trip has a registration deadline at midnight tonight. I'd been waiting to see if I got the job offer, but now it looks like I won't know before the trip deadline. The booking is not refundable. Is it typically an issue in the UK to take two week holiday relatively soon after starting a job?


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Re: Prospective job & taking a holiday
« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2019, 05:04:40 PM »
In my experience it's no different than in the US. If they're reasonable, you could just tell them you've had a holiday booked since before you were hired and it'll be no big deal. If they're not reasonable, they'll be a pain about it.

If I were in your shoes I'd take the holiday.


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Re: Prospective job & taking a holiday
« Reply #2 on: February 08, 2019, 05:26:29 PM »
In interviews I’ve had they usually ask if you have any prebooked holiday surprised they didn’t ask you that
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Re: Prospective job & taking a holiday
« Reply #3 on: February 08, 2019, 06:33:02 PM »
Won’t be an issue at all!


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Re: Prospective job & taking a holiday
« Reply #4 on: February 09, 2019, 02:32:25 PM »
Thanks for your advice! We ended up booking the trip. I figure that if a company would withdraw a job offer based on needing to give me 7-8 days off early on, they're probably not a good place to work anyway.

Blondeshania, that would've been good to ask! This workplace seems really disorganised. Along with pushing back the hiring decision repeatedly, they weren't able to tell me in the first phone screen what the hiring process would be or even what exactly I'd be doing day to day in the new role. So I'm not shocked they didn't think to ask that, haha.


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Re: Prospective job & taking a holiday
« Reply #5 on: February 13, 2019, 02:59:28 PM »
Well, I just found out that I just barely didn't get the position. I'm closing in on almost two years here without a UK job offer.  :\\\'(  I'm really glad we booked the trip!


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Re: Prospective job & taking a holiday
« Reply #6 on: February 13, 2019, 03:44:33 PM »
Well, that sucks, and I'm sorry you didn't get the job. On the plus side, enjoy your vacation!


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Re: Prospective job & taking a holiday
« Reply #7 on: February 13, 2019, 04:18:50 PM »
Sorry about not getting the job, but sounds like it was a good decision to take the holiday anyways!
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Re: Prospective job & taking a holiday
« Reply #8 on: February 13, 2019, 08:04:50 PM »
Hugs!  I'm soooo glad you booked the holiday though.  Their loss!


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