More Magazine Reader Q&A Holiday Dilemma

I’ve got an interview for a job that starts in March, but I’ve already booked a week off from my current job that month and another in April. Should I tell my potential new employers about my holiday plans as the interview? Kerrie, Croydon

Michelle says: I was in this situation a few years ago. I got a new job, accepted it, and on my first day mentioned a holiday I had previously booked and paid for. My boss was sympathetic and told me I couldn’t go. I was devastated and ended up ringing in sick and going anyway. I didn’t stick in the job very long after that, but I wouldn’t recommend that approach. I suggest you it up if and when they offer you the job and make sure you get a documented agreement from them. The company may not give you the time off, so be prepared to offer to take it without pay, or to offset your annual leave against it. Honesty’s always the best policy. 

(Please Note: The information is from the More Magazine article  ‘Job at risk? Here’s how to get back on that ladder’ by Michelle Dewberry in Issue 28th January 2013, I did not write this!)

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