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Have job interview next week, would you ask to delay start?

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nymphadora Mon 06-Dec-10 10:10:00

I'm on maternity leave, don't want to return to my old job although I will if I get nothing else. It is also at risk hence me applying for jobs earlier than I'd like.

It's an internal job in a different field and often these jobs only have a couple of applicant so easier to get.

I will need CRB then a months notice which would delay the start but dd3 is only 8 weeks now so I'd like a bit longer (+ I have had all my leave for the year so nearer to April I leave my current job the better!).

Should I approach this at interview? Others in my dept started on half hours when returning from mat leave into a new role & could do that. Job in near home so will be easier for feeding/expressing/seeing dd3 at lunchtime. So going back early will be easier in this role than my own.

Other issue is I'm doing a KIT day in my current job next week as I'm attending a meeting re restructure.should I still go?

HappyAsASandboy Mon 06-Dec-10 10:19:20

I wouldn't raise the issue, but if they ask when you're available, then don't lie. You can then negotiate a start date once they offer you the role.

I would still do the KIT day. I wouldn't mention the new job unless you have been offered it, agreed a start date and signed a contract. Until you have actually signed a contract, your intention is still to return to your current job until you have finalised a new one.

If you have accepted a new job and signed a contract with the new job before the KIT day, then I'd ask current job whether they'd like you to work the KIT. They might want you to discuss hand over/leaveing dates etc on a KIT day.

Good luck with your interview grin

nymphadora Mon 06-Dec-10 10:54:58

My job is moving & potential of redundancy so handover isn't an issue. Only reason I'm doing KIT now is because of that

nymphadora Mon 06-Dec-10 12:56:37

Will they know im on mat leave?

nymphadora Mon 06-Dec-10 19:04:57


HappyAsASandboy Tue 07-Dec-10 14:27:32

If it is an internal job, then it is possible they will have heard through the grapevine that you're on mat leave. Or they may have checked a reference and be told by your current boss?

AFAIK there is no way to find out your on leave except through your current employers.

HappyAsASandboy Tue 07-Dec-10 14:29:02

Of course if their opening question at interview is 'tell us what you're working on now', the mat leave has to come into conversation!

nymphadora Wed 08-Dec-10 12:38:52

The info says references will be requested after interview & the depts don't link up so doubt they will know without me saying.

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