I received an awesome industry job offer in Dec 2018 (after several rounds of interviews over three months). I gave my manager a starting date of May 2019, since I was planning to schedule my final defense in March 2019. I recently came to know that my PhD defense is delayed since the committee cannot meet until June 2019 (one of the professor is out on a medical leave). How do I approach my potential manager about negotiating a start date ? The offer is contingent upon finishing my PhD. So I cannot start until July.
How do I approach my potential manager about negotiating a start date ? The offer is contingent upon finishing my PhD. So I cannot start until July.
You explain to your potential manager your predicament. You tell them what happened, and what you'd like to do.
Most likely they will just push back your start date. Perhaps they will let you start working and give you time off to prepare for your PhD completion.
If they cannot hold your job for some reason, at least you'll know about it now and can start a job search.
People have their circumstances change that push start dates all the time. Asking for the start date to be postponed a month or two should be no big deal. I would simply reach out and tell them.