Jan 08, 2019 - 04:25 PM
You wait until after you have received a job offer to ask about vacation. Wait until the company has given you the offer and you’ve reviewed it in writing. You may be pleasantly surprised by how much vacation is offered, and if you’re not, this is the time to negotiate for more.
If you have a preplanned vacation, the offer stage is the time in which to bring it up. Explain that your vacation is already planned and paid for. Get approval to take the vacation as planned before you accept the job offer. And, when the boss approves it, get them to put it in an email to you – or you can put it in an email to them.
Be very, very careful with asking about vacation when you are in the early stages of being in a new job. Wait a few months to make a vacation request, if possible. Get settled in your role and prove that you know what you’re doing, and that you’re a dependable employee. Then, consider making a vacation request. Also, be sure you understand the company’s vacation policy before making a request.
Aug 10, 2018 - 03:09 PM
You want to ensure you get the timing right. Wait until the second interview to bring the vacation up. At this point, the employer has shown interest in hiring you, and you have a bit more leverage. You also want to use the right phrasing. You only need to use one or two sentences, and you can even mention what the circumstances surrounding the vacation are, such as how you need to travel for a friend’s destination wedding.
By asking early on, you can either use your vacation time early on, or the employer can choose to make your official start date after the vacation. You do not want to wait until you have the job because the employer will wonder why you did not bring it up beforehand.