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I have a job interview coming up, and I also applied to five Ph.D programs. I do not know if I will be asked for an interview, but my concern is that I might be offered the job and then have to take time off to do interviews.

With that said, should I mention that in the job interview in the beginning?

I know generally it's not a good idea to mention graduate plans because it makes me seem like a short term candidate, but it also seems bad to not mention anything, get offered the job, and then say "oh by the way, I'm going to need these days off."

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  • Touche sir. I did apply assuming to be accepted but I think my anxiety is overriding my confidence in being accepted into one of them which is why I feel more concerned about this particular issue. – Mike Dec 2 '13 at 1:59
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    People voting to close, did you actually read the question? It DOESN'T ask for advice about what job to take or what skill to learn. – superM Dec 2 '13 at 9:12

If you are offered the job, or in some cases during the interview, you will be asked "when can you start?" A reasonable reply could be "I am mostly free starting the 13th, however I have some personal commitments I am arranging that will require some time off. I could start on the 13th if I could have occasional unpaid days off for the first month, or I could start in a month if it's important to be there every day once I start."

That said, if you take a job, take a few unpaid days to interview for grad school, and then quit the job within months, it will not reflect well on you. Is this a job that you will only keep until you get into grad school, or is it insurance in case you don't?

  • More the latter, I'd like to wait to see if I get in but I'm honestly not sure if I'll be accepted and I don't want to sit idly by and let jobs slip by me and then not get accepted, but it seems like that that might be my only option. – Mike Nov 30 '13 at 15:21

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