I was offered a position at a firm I interviewed at recently. HR considered me starting at the beginning of December (a little more than two weeks from now), but decided instead that I should start in January.
Their reasons for doing so are quite believable (holidays coming up, and they're moving offices in that time).
I don't see much downside. I'm not in that much of a hurry to leave my old job. And both the nature of the position and the compensation package are both attractive.
Is there anything I need to be aware of with a relatively late start date? The only things I can think of are
- Don't give notice at my old firm now; wait until two weeks prior to the start date
- Occasionally follow up with HR at the new firm to make sure there are no snags (maybe every two weeks).