how/when should i ask/inform a new employer that i have pre-planned vacations i need time off for? it’s really just thursday&friday + weekend

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I did right before signing and it is for a week. They understood

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Just tell them early, but after you get the offer. You are not the first person to take 2 days off work. The employer will know how to handle it, and there should be enough time to figure something out. You may run into PTO accrual issues, but nothing major.

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