I got laid off from my job back on the 8th, budget cuts, so now i'm stuck looking for work in the August doldrums when everybody's on vacation. Pumping out a lot of applications with few responses (also because the layoff means i've held two jobs in a 15 month span of time which makes me look like a flight risk, but the one i left to change cities from Pittsburgh to DC Metro area), but I got one interview with a place on Tuesday that seems pretty eager (invited me to an in-person interview 20 minutes
after the phone interview). It's pretty close to my old job, would be able to match or slightly exceed my old pay, and it hits before my severance runs out (September 8th)
So I kind of need this. I know better than to be desperate, nobody likes that. The skillset for the job is all stuff i've done before, and it's a very similar organization to where i was working in Pittsburgh before i moved here, so i know the lingo.
My two main issues are pushing questions of pay: ideally i'd want to make $2,000/year more than where i was at before, but i blurted out in the phone interview a range of "x to x+$2,000" where x was my old salary, and i know they always go for the lowest number you tell them, i've learned that now. Am i stuck on that? Or could i push a bit to try to get $1k or $2k more, or would that jeopardize me in my situation?
Second, smaller one, ideally i'd get the Tuesday after Labor Day off so that i could enjoy Labor Day with my family without having to spend half the day driving back to DC. Would it be an issue to ask for that (either as a pushed-back start date, or as a day off), or should i just say that i have no commitments, can start immediately, and just leave it at that?