Anyone ever ask for PTO booked before you sign your offer letter? I essentially got to the final interviews for a few banks almost unexpectedly and if it goes well I’ll likely make the jump from TAS. The thing is, I have a three day trip planned in October and I’d like to still go, but it’s IB…. and I get that the ball game is different.

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Yes this actually more frequently than you think. A lot of time ppl have vacation booked month in advanced and change job between them booking the trip and the trip actually taking place. Just explain your situation, tell them you had this booked from your last employer and generally they will try their best to accommodate your date. Especially at the start you aren’t really contributing much so it’s easier for the manager to let you take PTO

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Sign the offer letter first

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You'll be fine if you communicate it when you sign your offer letter (even if you communicate it before signing)

They're hiring you because you're qualified and a good fit for the team, not because you'll be available for 3 extra days in October

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Asking for PTO already booked when accepting a new position is quite common for some companies internally speaking. If you’ve received the letter or will be expecting it soon and your start date is relatively soon thereafter, I would think ample time could be given after accepting and signing the offer letter. If nothing in the interview was discussed about PTO in enough detail for you to gage that they would welcome and want such a requests ahead of time, I would wait until after signing the letter also.

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Thanks for the advice! It’s just three days and I’d be giving them at least 5 weeks advanced notice so I don’t think it’d be that big of a deal.

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Lol yes bc things are booked and they can't reasonably ask you to cancel. I did it on my first day and was like listen, here's what I've already booked

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I am definitely interested in the response on this…

Yes. I’ve done it. Jobs are usually fairly receptive and accepting of prior planned travel from new joiners because it happens often. Just let your recruiter and they’ll either have you speak to your hiring manager or they’ll speak to them themselves to make sure there are no conflicts for training and workload purposes.

It always happens too fast 😭

I got married two months after I started my new job and was able to get the week of my honeymoon approved as part of my offer. It's super common!

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