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Will a company delay my offer by 2 - 3 months? Currently at MBB and got an offer but don’t want to start right away. If I ask will I be blacklisted from the company?

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If you ask politely and they pull your offer for it they're probably not going to be a good place to work

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I wouldn’t ask for 3 months it’s a bit long. I’d give a specific date, and keep it to 8 or 9 weeks. Keep the note short when you ask.

The most I was able to negotiate was 1 1/2 months. It was due to the criticality of my role with my former employer. I needed time to train my replacement after I identified him. I think it is company dependent but you can certainly ask for 2. I think 3 would probably be a no go from a new employer perspective.

I think this is highly dependent on industry. If this is the kind of employer that recruits heavily from top undergrads and MBA programs, then it might work out since they likely plan their staffing pipeline with some lead time built in (if a lot of hiring comes through summer internship programs, then it’s not uncommon for people to ask for some time off after graduation). If it’s the kind of employer that wants you to start doing hands on work yesterday (some industrial goods firms are like this) then you might be SOL.

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