Job Search: Q&A
Interviewing While Pregnant
I have a huge dilemma. I am expecting a baby before Halloween. I have been looking for a new job closer to my home for some time, and finally have received a call from an excellent company just one mile away. This is a most ideal match for me, with both my skills, the industry and the location.
During a recent phone interview, I did not mention my pregnancy however, I told them I need some transition time if selected. I know they need to fill the job within a few weeks, but I believe they were impressed with my performance in the phone screening and they've just called me for a face to face next week. Now I am really worried that I can get rejected just because I am almost at full term, a fact I cannot hide.
I am not sure what to do in my condition, and I have no idea what to wear for the interview either. I am still doing my present job, very healthy and energetic. I have been trying to get an interview with this company for the past 2 years. I am prepared to report to work just one month after delivery and just looking for this "JOB" - as the pay, benefits, medical insurance etc does not concern me.
Signed, Soon-to-be working mom.
I'm so glad you've told the employer upfront that you'll need some transition time, without going into too much detail at this point or making a commitment just yet. I have to standby being honest in this case, as in most. If this company is indeed as interested as you are in them - then I hope you get the personal interview beyond the phone appointment. Please don't try to hide the fact that you are pregnant - as it could be perceived that there may be other things you are willing to hide down the road.
I would then be specific about a prospective start date. For example; you know your baby is due in October, and you are also confident that that you are going to be ready to start say on December 1st, explain this as an objective. Something to the effect "I am searching for a new opportunity now, while still employed - however would not be available to make the change until ..."
The fact that you are currently employed should help matters, as they should realize you are likely already insured, and you won't have to worry about that as a risk factor in their decision making. The fact that you've been genuinely interested in this company for some time will likely shine through. I've seen employers make hiring decisions on various levels, professional to executive management - willing to wait for the right person - even several months in some cases. The reasons could be anything from an anticipated FMLA leave, pending graduations or even stock options, fulfilling contract obligations, etc. Employers would most likely respect you for being up front while being firm. To know that you are making an education decision now, and strategizing about your future career need, etc. should reflect that you are organized and committed, and should only help your case.
I would stand strong as if you had no restrictions at this time -and pursue the opportunity head on. Dress professionally, as you would in any interview. Who knows - it makes take them some time to make their decision, and even if it doesn't work in your favor in the next few weeks - it certainly can down the road. Good luck and congratulations!
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