Okay, just my luck. I am flying out Sunday for an interview at a R1 school. I have booked the ticket and the schedule is set. Just my luck, I came down with a bad cold. I am having trouble even teaching my class (because I keep loosing my voice and I am coughing). Anyone have any suggestions on how to brave the interview sick? I am afraid I will have no voice after meeting with everyone. Fortunately, the job talk is early on the first day. Help!
Date: 20 Feb 2014 19:39
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I think you should probably cancel your classes and rest. You still have a few more days. Also, take some pills to treat the symptoms. You may get sick at night but as long as you don't cough your lunch out during your interview, you are good.
We had a search this year (R1) where a sick interviewee canceled. That person ended up giving a great talk when they were well. Worth considering.
I second Anon123's perspective. It's risky to cancel over an illness, especially because any arranged travel expenses might be non-refundable at this point. The only reason I'd miss something big like this over an illness would be if my voice were completely gone or I had something like influenza. If still ill on the interview, simply apologize for your cold and politely decline hand shakes noting that you'd not like to pass along any germs (I think most people would find this courteous and considerate).
And, if you have congestion and trouble sleeping - I've found the Alka-Seltzer cold medicine to be fantastic. It's saved the day for me on many occasions. Wishing you a prompt recovery!
Also, if you have trouble being stuffed up, use Vicks naisal spray. Its a bitch to break the physical addiction it will cause, but it will keep your airways open for 12 hours.