by Torski Dobson-Arnold
I have applied for a position with the expectation that the job would not be offered for about 2 – 3 months after the interview. However, I got the job offer just a few days after the interview. While this may sound good, and it certainly is, I must fulfill the terms of my current contract before starting the new job.
How could I tell my future employer that I am interested in taking the job but I can’t begin employment until after completing my current contract which is scheduled to end in a few months?
Just because you got an offer after a few days of the interview does NOT mean you have to join the company on the same day of the offer. Simply explain to your prospective employer your sincere interest and desire to accept this opportunity, but that you are under a contract that is scheduled to be completed within 60-90 days.
Given some level of negotiation and potentially even some overlap so that you can begin any required training and on-boarding, most companies will be willing to work with you on a smooth transition. Companies understand that applicants may be working contractually prior to a job offer and certainly should respect your desire to fulfill the expectations of your prior commitments. They would only expect the same level of professionalism if the shoe were on the other foot.
That’s all. I hope this helps!
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