I can be available to start as soon as the next work week begins. If you know that you'll need one more week after giving you two weeks' notice and that you won't be able to start until three weeks after the job offer is accepted, be direct during the interview and application process. If you're not, you could start the job on the wrong foot and your manager feels that you're dishonest. During the job interview process, employers are only looking for a range of time.
You don't have to agree on a date until you get an offer. You can simply say, “I can start my next job two or three weeks after I've been offered a position. Does that fit with the timeframe you have in mind? Remember that when an interviewer asks “when can you start? it is not a formal job offer. This means it's OK to not be exact with the start date.
Instead of bluntly stating that you are going on vacation, you could say that you will start at a later period for “personal reasons”. While it's attractive to a potential employer that you're passionate about the position and want to start early, avoid giving the impression that you're in the final stages and that you absolutely need the job. In general, it's best to be honest in your interview answers, and that's especially true when you're asked when you can start working. So, you should make sure that you take interviews seriously and answer every question as best you can.
During job interviews, employers are likely to ask you how soon you'll be available to start working, especially if the position you're applying for is currently vacant and essential to company operations. Also, if you're pressured to start right away without giving your current employer enough advance notice, it's probably not a company you want to work for. In addition to compiling an accurate candidate profile, start dates are indicated to further assess your preparedness on the subject. By simply asking them, you can see when they want you to start and determine if that works for you.
Many candidates come to an interview and succumb to lying about certain details because they feel unsure about the truth or think that it will eliminate them from the race. After giving their answer, the interviewer may reveal that they expected to fill the position sooner. On the other hand, some employers may use the delayed start as a reason to choose another candidate, which may indicate that the employer or manager is not very flexible or respectful to their employees. Your start date is negotiable and, in most cases, the company will be willing to adjust the schedule to find the right person.
The best way to manage interview questions about your availability is to prepare them in advance. Biron Clark is a former executive recruiter who has worked one-on-one with hundreds of job applicants, reviewed thousands of resumes and LinkedIn profiles, and recruited staff for major startups backed by venture capital firms and Fortune 500 companies. A candidate who is currently employed but is interviewing for another position must be honest about their willingness to start. When you don't have a specific date in mind, or you secretly want more time without having to go to work, it can be helpful to return the question to the interviewer.