Glynda R. on June 8, 2021
I am a 20 year Paralegal with a Master's degree. My last job was in 6/2020, so I have been out of work for almost one year primarily for treatment of early stage breast cancer. I have been through the bulk of my treatment and have 7 more radiation treatments after which I will have IV medicine infusions (1-2 hours) every 3 weeks until mid-Jan 2022. Other than a couple of mild side effects, I feel good and ready to work.
I recently completed an online application for a non-clinical position with a local hospital. Surprisingly, I received a call from this employer wanting a phone and possible video interview. It is my understanding I don't have to reveal my cancer diagnosis to this employer. At the same time, I will need time off every 3 weeks to get these infusions.
First, how do I explain the one year gap in employment to this potential employer? They will most likely ask. Do I tell them I was treated for a health issue but not be specific?
Second, should I tell them I will need time off for the infusions every 3 weeks during the interview or after I am hired if I am hired? Everything I discuss with them needs to be consistent.