I'm new to the job hunt, and a potential employer recently responded to my e-mail asking what my expected salary is and when's the earliest I can begin. I'm calculating my expected salary with the average of salaries in this position—but I'm not sure when an acceptable start-date is.
Ideally, I'd like it to be the end of August (2 months from now); that is when my lease ends. If need be, though, I'll start ASAP and pay rent on this place 'til the lease is up from afar.
Is 2 months acceptable, or too long? Do I increase my chances by saying "immediately"?