I am returning to work from maternity leave soon and was told that my role is being merged with a similar one (just in a different region) and that I'd be interviewing for the new bigger role on my return. My concern is that I am in competition with the person who covered my maternity and managed the two regions for a year, the same person who is supposed to bring me up to speed on my return. I feel this is therefore lip service and I have no real chance to get the new job. I will lose my large team of people and a career I've been building for years. The person who doesn't get the job will be found or given time to find another role. It is unlikely it'll be managing a big team which is what I love about my job; it's more likely doing project type work. I'm so disappointed this is happening and don't see any alternative than just to do the interview, lose my job and take whatever's offered. How can this be fair in this day and age? Thanks in advance for your help.
I have recently started looking for a job again after having my baby (he is now one). I am worried I may be discriminated against due to my circumstances and interview questions are becoming very hard to answer. What are prospective employers allowed to ask at interview? As so far I have been directly asked if I am married, if I have children and less directly why I want a part-time job rather than a full-time one. Also what is the ruling with Employment Agencies - are they allowed to ask these leading questions? I am just so worried about how an employer will judge me when he thinks I have a child - and only one child so he may be thinking I want another soon....I feel this has been an issue at a couple of interviews I have been for, and I may not have got the job due to this. Thanks for your help.
I left my previous job as a marketing coordinator when I was pregnant and now I'm looking for a new job. I was thinking about going back to work part time, but I don't see that many part-time positions in marketing, so I'm prepared to work full time. On my first interview I asked about the possibility of working from home or flexible hours. The employer said that it's not possible and I was OK with that. When the job agency came back to me with their feedback, they said that I came accross as very confident and friendly, my experience was enough for the job and they liked my personality. The only reason why they didn't ask me to come back for the second interview was my question about the flexible hours. The agency advised me not to ask about it again at the interview.
I feel it's not fair to dismiss me only because I asked about the possiblity of flexible hours. I'm also not sure if I should follow agency's advise and not to mention it at all. I do want to have the option if possible. What would you advise?
I have been invited for a job interview in 10 days' time at the place I worked for four years until October when my contract expired. This will consist of a departmental panel interview and another panel interview. This is 4 days after my C-section has been booked. What are ny rights re requesting another interview opportunity or arranging an interview to happen remotely (e.g. over the phone?).
Richard McMunn gives some tips on how to use social media to do your research in advance of an interview.