Has anyone applied/ interviewed while pregnant? I'm actually planning to be on the market next year, and trying to figure that out in conjunction with figuring out when to try for a baby (except for the going-on-the-market thing, this is a good time, since I'm on a pretty flexible postdoc). It seems obvious that it's not ideal to be 9 months pregnant while interviewing, or immediately postpartum, but beyond that, is it better to try to time pregnancy so that you're not showing on the interview (but then the tradeoff is that you might be throwing up from first trimester nausea?)? Would looking visibly pregnant while interviewing be a liability? There's also the option of waiting until after interviews are over to get pregnant, but then if a job offer comes through, you'd be giving birth just a few months before starting a job. How often are schools willing to defer a hire's start date (e.g. to the following semester or academic year) in a case like that? Thoughts?
Date: 15 Dec 2010 04:05
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I went on an interview last year while 4 months pregnant. That was good timing in that the 1st trimester nausea was over, but I was starting to show (and refusing wine at the faculty dinner was kind of a giveaway). No one mentioned it. I would not wait until after interviews are over to try to get pregnant - speaking now as the first time parent of an 8 month old, I can tell you that it would have been very very difficult for his arrival to coincide with starting a faculty position.
My advice is that I wouldn't plan your family around interviews. They could occur anytime November-February, so you can't pinpoint exactly how pregnant you'd be (even if you could time it to the month, which is easier said than done). I also know someone who went on interviews with a 6 week old baby - certainly not ideal, but props to her, and the places she interviewed were accommodating of her need to build in time to pump, etc. One option might be to try to time it for an April or May baby - that way you'd most likely be in the 2nd trimester on interviews, and the baby would be past the newborn phase by the time you'd be starting a job in the fall. But, as I said, there is a lot of unpredictability involved with both trying for a baby and the market. However the timelines end up, you can find a way to make it work. If a place would discriminate against you because you were pregnant or had a young infant, it probably wouldn't be a pleasant work environment for a parent of an infant, anyway. Good luck!!
A friend of mine mentioned that a job candidate whom they invited for an interview asked for the interview date to be as soon as possible because she was almost due. Consequently, she had her interview while being almost 9 months pregnant.
My department interviewed (and hired) a candidate who was about 8 months at the interview. One other factor to consider is that FMLA only requires universities to provide paid leave if you have worked there for 12 months (at least this is the policy where I am). So if you were to wait until after interview season and ended up delivering around the time the school year starts, your employer may not be able to provide you with any paid leave.