2 random questions I would like advice on prior to campus interviews:
1) typically applicants are picked up from the airport and a detailed itinerary is provided, with trips to and fro the airport. I would like to rent a car and stay a couple of extra days to explore the area. Is it okay to tell them I will pay for my rental car and the extra hotel days? Is it at all perceived as poor form to somehow miss that social interaction from the airport trips?
2) Is it ever appropriate to mention family members in interviews? Obviously they can't ask anything about family, but is it poor form to volunteer anything? On the positive side, I think mentioning family helps provide a context for why I'm leaving a very desirable area of the country and position for a less desirable area. (And I'm not talking "I have extended family in the area" but "my husband and son really would love to move here.") In addition, it makes one more relatable. But again, I am just wondering about the etiquette of these things. Are personal details off the table in interviews?