I have been invited for an interview that is very important for me. I already have a Bachelors degree, but I am currently working on my Masters. I am finished with the classes besides the finals coming up. If they were to offer me a job, I will need to take a few half days off within the first 2 weeks of employment.

Should I mention this during the interview?

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    There is a bit of disconnect for me. Did you put on your resume that you were pursuing a masters degree?
    – jcmack
    Dec 21, 2018 at 22:32
  • No. I didn't mention it on my reaume.
    – Ashkan B
    Dec 21, 2018 at 22:36
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    I recommend you add your masters degree to your resume... remember to put your expected graduation date.
    – jcmack
    Dec 22, 2018 at 0:36
  • You are over thinking the situation. When you are offered the job, and are at the stage when you can start, indicate when you can start after your finals.
    – Donald
    Dec 22, 2018 at 2:39
  • Thanks everybody for comments and tips. You helped me a lot.
    – Ashkan B
    Dec 22, 2018 at 10:38

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Yes, you should tell them. "Nearly finished a master" is better than "finished a bachelor and then just sat around for a year doing nothing in particular".

For the exams, you could simply ask to postpone your start date by two weeks - but don't bring this up until they have decided to give you an offer and moved on to discussing specifics. A later start date would leave you with free time to study to make sure you actually finish the degree. Starting a new job is usually quite draining and once the exams are done you would be able to focus entirely on your new position.

  • Thank you so much. But I think they will hire imidiately if I pass the interview. There is only one interview.
    – Ashkan B
    Dec 21, 2018 at 22:38
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    The last thing you want to do is ask for “half days” when you first start a job. Ask to start after finals, explain the situation, you need the time to finish your masters degree.
    – Donald
    Dec 22, 2018 at 2:42
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    When recruiting for a qualified position (one requiring a degree or specific experience) most companies are quite flexible with dates if they believe they have found the right candidate (e.g. my employer has a lead time of ~3 months, since that is the standard period of notice for the industry). When I started my current job I was unemployed but requested an extra month to prepare since I was currently moving and also had some personal trips planned. It's best to just be clear about your intentions and suggest a date when you are ready to get started for real.
    – Joe Terror
    Dec 22, 2018 at 8:31
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    Thank you so much. Your comment helped me a lot. It was really helpful.
    – Ashkan B
    Dec 22, 2018 at 10:39

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