Originally Posted by Watchman
The new employer should understand that you need to give your existing employer at least 2 weeks notice. I've had some potential employers complain about that, but my response is that if the situations were reversed you would expect at least 2 weeks notice before an employee left.
With my company they don't even accept a 2 week notice from top level employees, if a senior guys gives notice they shake his hand, cut his checks for vacation and the two weeks, and show him the door. Your with us or against us kind of thing.
I don't think the start date (whatever I happen to pick) will be much of an issue. Ideally, I'd like a week off to relax before starting the new job, but that might not really be possible. A lot of this depends on the timing of the formal offer and how long it takes to negotiate bonuses, title, start date, and salary. Your point is a good one.
I don't think my current employer would ask me to leave before my requested notice date. We're currently short-staffed, and I'm staying on to finish several projects that I want to complete before my tenure is over.