Interview but have vacation planned
- 0Feb 23, '12 by MarieRandwoodHi allnurses,
I have a question regarding when it is the appropriate time to bring up a pre-planned vacation during the hiring process. I have an interview coming up for a PCT position that I really want! I currently work PRN but this new position is part time. I have planned and paid for a 1 week vacation this May, which wasnít a problem since I work PRN. I am not sure when I should bring this up to the Nurse Manager as I donít want to hinder my chances of getting hired. Are managerís generally accepting of pre-planned vacations? I hope I donít lose out on the money I already spent. Thank you for any helpful advice!
- 2Feb 24, '12 by Esme12, BSN, RN Senior ModeratorIn this economy you need to decide which you want more.....the job or the vacation. I wouldn't mention it during the interview process unless you have already said it while working. But ultimately you may need to make a choice.
- 1Feb 24, '12 by not.done.yet GuideUsually once you are offered the job you can then begin to negotiate the terms of employment. At the point of an offer being made the employer is more invested in making things work with you. They have already made the decision that you are the one they want and unmaking that means more time, work and headache. Just like you will negotiate your pay, let them know about your vacation and ask if it can be accomodated. Know beforehand what you will do if they say no (meaning are you willing to turn down the job if they can't accomodate you). Usually though this is not an issue. Just be sure the vacation accomodation is in writing along with your offer of employment. Best of luck.
- 2Feb 24, '12 by MarieRandwoodThank you for your advice. I will obviously choose the job over the vacation I was just disappointed since I already paid for it. I will not mention anything during the interview (unless asked) and wait to see if I am offered the position. Thanks!
- 0Feb 24, '12 by SparrowhawkI would say like the above poster did...once you're hired just say, I have a preplanned PrePAYEDFOR plans the week of x in May, I understand it's a hard ship but is there any way it could work out? If they know you already put down money for it they might be more nice about it then if not.
- 0Feb 24, '12 by Esme12, BSN, RN Senior ModeratorQuote from MarieRandwoodDid you have travel insurance?? May is a couple months away, getr the job and negotiate later.Thank you for your advice. I will obviously choose the job over the vacation I was just disappointed since I already paid for it. I will not mention anything during the interview (unless asked) and wait to see if I am offered the position. Thanks!
- 1Feb 24, '12 by joanna73 GuideNo one can really fault you for taking a vacation that was planned and paid for months before an actual job offer. Don't mention anything during the interview. If you are hired, be honest and discuss it right away. Most decent employers will understand and work with you. If the employer decided to cancel the offer and you need the position, then forget about the vacation. Hopefully, you won't have to choose.