I have a final round interview with a Big 4 firm today. Could I request I start date of the end of august or beginning of September or is that pushing it? I would only start later if I can get a signed offer letter within a week for a later start date. I would start earlier if they say they will reach back out closer to the start date. I have been ghosted after getting a verbal offer the big 4 before...

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Consulting firms in general are really hurting for people right now. If they go through all the work of getting you an offer, my guess is they should be willing to postpone start dates. Just a guess though, depends on the firm

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That’s a bit far out. I’d stretch 2-4 weeks max. However you can strategically extend your start date (plus the 2-4 weeks) by dragging out the whole hiring/recruitment process.

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I would not count on that flexibility. Reqs are usually open to fill a current need so 2.5+ months out is going to be really tough unless you're a truly exceptional candidate and they expect to continue to grow strongly through the summer.

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Sept is way too far out unless you’re coming from undergrad *or if you have a good reason

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Here’s the thing - if you have final round today, you’ll likely get verbal offer end of the week or early next week, a week to decide and negotiate, a week for background check. Then two weeks notice at your current company so soonest you would reasonably start would be end of July. Is +1 month taking you to end of August really that big of a deal? Probably not.

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Final round would often be with the partner who will decide same day as you'd definitely have verbal offer this week. Background check happens in parallel, not an extra week. I'm not sure but I think a week to decide is going to be atypical in most offers. Mid July start is what I'd imagine most should expect today, end of July if they want to be flexible. You can always ask if Aug or Sept is an option, can't really hurt, but be prepared that the answer is no

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