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While you might disagree, asking to start in two-months is not exactly the same as salary negotiation. Most places have schedules and deadlines and the reason they are hiring is often due to the fact that they have a project that needs to meet some deadline on schedule.

Two months in the project lifecycle is a long time for any project. I'm not surprised they gave you the silent treatment. On the other hand, had you asked for more money, I'd be surprised if they balked -- if their offer was genuine.




Asking to delay the start date by two months might not be standard, but it isn't incredibly unreasonable either - if they are already employed, they are going to be delaying by 2-3 weeks by default anyway, and finding another candidate may end up taking just as long anyway.

It's probably something that should be brought up before an offer is made, but I don't think it is a good reason for a company to simply ignore someone they've made an offer to - a polite "no, we need you to start within 2-3 weeks" is an acceptable response.

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If it's a serious offer, they can always take the five minutes to say, "sorry, we're in a bit of a rush to start people up", too. Asking for time off between jobs is a pretty normal thing.

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Then they could have politely replied and stated their position.

Edit: The usual spelling update.

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"Two months in the project lifecycle is a long time for any project. I'm not surprised they gave you the silent treatment. On the other hand, had you asked for more money, I'd be surprised if they balked -- if their offer was genuine."

Not in the hardware world. 2 months is nothing.

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I'm not sure if that's the case, given the number of times it's taken a month between me applying and the hiring manager actually getting around to reading the application. One time I was the only applicant and it was six weeks between the first and second interview, and they liked me, and I had a friend they valued vouching for me on the inside.

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