Be the Boss Over Cancer

Hi, I am interviewing for work. I would like to know what I should say as to why i cannot start yet. I would like to know what I should say and not say. Please can someone e-mail. I would like to speak to someone if possible. 


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  • Margot Larson

    Margot Larson on Feb 25, 2012

    Career Coach Comment:


     Before I can provide some guidance, I need to understand
    your status a bit better.

    I gather you are job searching and perhaps you are in
    treatment or recovering from treatment. 
    Is this correct?   What timeline
    has your doctor given for when you could return to work?

     Do you have interviews scheduled at this time? Generally,
    you are not asked about a firm start date at time of interview, and if asked ,
    you can be vague.  Start dates are
    negotiated when an offer is tendered. 
    All they are looking for at the interview stage is some indication.  This is similar to the question:  what are your compensation expectations?

     If the application
    form requires that you give a start date, you can put down TBD (to be
    determined) at time of offer.   If you
    are asked verbally, tell them that it depends when an offer may be tendered;
    you can indicate that you have a project that you are currently working on.  The timeline between an interview and an offer
    can sometimes be as long as 4-6 weeks depending on the type of position.  If you are asked when your project end, use
    the date the doctor gave as your possible return to work date.

     Hope this is helpful. 
    I can provide further guidance once I know your current status.


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