How to handle job interviews while going through chemo/radiation for cancer?
August 31, 2012 1:24 PM Subscribe
I'm in the middle of treatment for breast cancer (chemo and radiation) and am unsure how to handle sharing this information (if I should at all) during my job interviews. What is my legal obligation? What is my moral obligation? What makes the most sense for everyone involved?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (17 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I've been unemployed since January and was diagnosed with breast cancer in June. It was caught early, so my prognosis is very good, but I'm just finishing up chemo and still have 6+ weeks of radiation before I'm finished with this phase of treatment in early November. I expect hormone therapy will follow but I don't expect it will affect my ability to work.
I just spoke to a recruiter about a job that really interests me. There is an in-person interview scheduled for next week which will be one day after my final chemo session. I am bald so I will be wearing a wig to the interview...I don't know if people can tell it's a wig but I don't look particularly sick or gaunt, so it's possible that no one will know.
I guess my question is when do I mention it? I don't want to take myself out of the running for the job...I think I'm a really good match for the position. That said, many folks have told me that trying to work during radiation treatment (especially a new high-pressure job) is not very realistic. They've suggested requesting a start date for after radiation ends if the position is offered to me. If I start right away then I will have to take a long lunch or leave work early for the 6+ weeks I have to go in for my daily radiation.
I'd love to hear from anyone who's hired someone while they were still in treatment or from someone who's started a new job during this process.