I had a phone interview, that moved into an in person. I had a questionnaire to fill and then the manager sent me an email to refill the questionnaire, which I did and replied with a thank you note. 2 days later I received a pre-offer to see if I would accept; he stressed that he was still going through some candidates he met the week before; I replied saying that I was very excited and that I had to questions (benefits and I had a week trip already schedule, if that would be possible to accommodate); he replied with the answer to the benefits and the nr of vacation weeks, also he would let me know soon. one week has passed and I don't know what that means and if I should follow up and how...any suggestions and/or insights? thanks
Unless your scheduled trip was for a good reason, like visiting family or birth of a niece/nephew etc, it is a hard hand to play, before getting hired. And it might have pushed you to the bottom of the heap. But at this stage it doesn't hurt to contact the manager.
As a rule of thumb, all recruiters say that, if you are being offered a permanent position, you do not start asking for 1. How much money you are going to get; 2. how many vacation days you will have; 3. If you can work from home. These questions are reserved after you had a foothold in the office. Otherwise, they reflect badly on your priorities. Every company will pay you (or offer you) a decent compensation, some vacation time (even though in the first couple of years, it won't be much) and every company has a written or unwritten work from home policy. But if you concentrate on these aspects when manager asked you the question of "if you had any questions for him", it might not be perceived as good.