I'm currently visibly pregnant and will be interviewing in about a month, but the date is not set. What are opinions/thoughts on letting a search committee know that I have to interview before a certain date in order to be permitted to fly? I understand legally they cannot ask about my pregnancy, but when I interview it will be obvious. I am very interested in this position and it is also in an ideal location for my family. I really want to make sure I can interview in-person. Also, if anyone else has any other advice on being pregnant and interviewing - I'm all ears!
Date: 15 Dec 2015 16:57
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When I interviewed for my current job I was 3 months pregnant and made this explicitly clear during the interview. The dept was extremely supportive and demonstrated to me that they valued family life. What is more…I negotiated a year off from teaching because of my newborn. My husband also works for the university and was hired into a paternity leave — we was paid his 2 months at our new university even though he did not begin working until month 3, this really made a good impression on us. We couldn't be happier.
If you are worried about your pregnancy reflecting negatively, ask yourself whether you'd even want to work at a place where being pregnant is viewed as a sort of stigma. I wouldn't.
I would say that the times have changed, at least overall. We have a few open spots this year, and so far have brought in about a dozen candidates across the searches. Two were clearly-pregnant women. No one even mentioned this fact as a pro OR a con.
As for the issue about having to adjust travel times, I agree with the above poster: a good employer will do their best to accommodate your timeline. And really - would you want to work some place that wouldn't?
Yes, just let them know, because they'll know anyway. Most places won't hold it against you.
Understand, though, that some places won't be able to offer you anything like what "FWIW" got. You might have to start teaching in the fall. Or you might be able to get your contract to start in Jan 2017 but without pay for the fall. And if a place can't do those things for you it doesn't mean it's not a family-friendly place. There is definitely a difference between departmental culture and school policy. Some places with generous leaves and whatnot still have poor culture in at the departmental level. You'll just have to feel it out when you are there.
I think you should definitely let them know. I had similar concerns last year when I was on the market and pregnant. Someone told me that I probably wouldn't want to work for a place that would be negative or hold it against me.
I had to the committee know early too because I had diet restrictions. They were really nice about everything. It was obvious that I was pregnant as I was in the 8th month.
I can't imagine it would hurt you (legally it can't, and informally it's not likely to be an issue). Most faculty have families. If you are the top candidate, they want you for 30 years, so 3 months off isn't a big deal.
I am visibly pregnant (early 3rd trimester) and just finished interviewing at a handful of places. I let either the chair or SC know ahead of time that I was pregnant (after I received a campus interview) but this was just what I felt most comfortable doing. I made it clear though that I didn't need any special accommodations. This certainly didn't negatively impact me in any way as I've received a few offers so far. Just finding time to use the bathroom between interviews was the hardest part! :)
Also I'm adding that I didn't have to ask for my interviews to be moved up due to flying risk later in pregnancy, but I would have done so had that been necessary.
I went on two interviews recently and am 7 months pregnant. I felt very welcome in both cases and recently got a job offer from one. I did not mention I was pregnant before hand as I do not feel it has any bearing on my ability to interview or perform my job duties. If you need to make sure interviews are scheduled by a certain date though, you'll want to let them know why. I don't think it will be an issue, but I personally felt more professional discussing it as little as possible.
"I am very interested in this position and it is also in an ideal location for my family. I really want to make sure I can interview in-person." Tell them these things! It really shows your commitment to this interview, in particular, and IMO seems as though you are being proactive and conscientious… as in, not waiting for them to schedule it, then saying, oh shoot, I can't come then.