How can I postpone a job interview?
October 14, 2013 1:29 PM Subscribe
My mental health took a crash and I need to postpone a job interview I have scheduled this week. How can I do it / how should I word it?
posted by htid to work & money (13 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I have a job interview scheduled Thursday for the #2-ish company in my field. They are hiring for jobs starting in summer 2014 and it's very competitive. I am grateful and excited to have the interview. It is a technical interview that requires a lot of practice/preparation and a high level of performance.
A few days ago I had a massive mental health crash. I got a lot of bad news in my personal and professional life in the same day, and I have some history of depression, and it knocked my mental health off kilter to the point where I've been crying constantly and having suicidal thoughts for days. (No I have no plan to do the latter.) I will be able to get my mental health back to normal with a week or two of very concerted effort (daily yoga, low sugar diet, careful sleep, meditation, good habits, fish oil, and other similar things which I know for a fact work for me). However I won't be back to normal by later this week and I have missed 3 days of preparation time because I've been crying most of the day.
I can't go into my interview because I will fail it. I won't embarrass myself, and I am able to show up, but I won't perform at the extremely high level needed to get the job. What I don't need to hear right now is "If you have bad mental health, then you might not perform on the job and they might not want to hire you anyway," so please refrain from any trolling of that sort. I just want to increase my chances in the best way possible while staying within the law and normal ethical bounds.
My question is -- what is the appropriate wording to ask to reschedule an interview for an unexpected health reason? I'd like to reschedule by 2-3 weeks. How much detail is expected/normal/required in this type of request? Is there something I can write that would best improve my chances of my request being granted? I won't lie, but I am willing to say things that are technically true while vague enough to have multiple interpretations. I am willing to mention, or not mention, that my reason is health-related, as appropriate.
FWIW, this is a full time job coming out of grad school, and I have a really stellar academic and work history. It might be a great job for me -- and I could be a really stellar performer for them -- but I do need to deliver at this interview to get the job. The company is big enough, and the job is general enough, that interviews are in some ways "rolling" although spots do fill up, and on-campus recruiting does follow a schedule which I am currently engaged in.