E S. on March 2, 2020
Thanks for taking the time to respond. I was terminated from my job after a terrible year: cancer diagnosis, treatment, and multiple surgeries. I'm in remission, and have been actively on the job hunt for over a month, but now I have an interview coming up for a great position and am not sure how to tackle a few important issues:
1) My reconstructive surgery didn't go as well as I would have liked, and I will likely want to have surgery to fix it... I can manage just fine, but things are painful till I get it fixed, so I'd like to get it dealt with, most likely within the first three to six months of starting any job. When would I bring this up, and how? I'd feel dishonest not mentioning this in the interview process, but do you recommend against it? And if I should, then would this be better to bring up during final negotiations or early on in the process?
2) My previous employer terminated my position - ultimately because my surgery didn't go well and I needed extra time before returning to the office. It's been complicated, and I can't use them as a reference even though I'm proud of everything I accomplished there! In an interview, how can I explain my job termination without divulging my heath history, and also somehow explain that I can't get references from there? It's a bit of a mess and kind of a missed opportunity to present how well I did in a very challenging role (it was a great gig).
3) Part of the issue for the last job is that they refused to let me work from home during my recovery, so I maxed out sick days, vacation days, leave, etc. I want to make sure the next employer I work with is flexible. How can I tackle job flexibility and see if they're even ok with remote work options early on in the interview process without divulging too much about my health history? I also work better from remote - always have - so this is also just a work preference issue in good times too!