Candor can make stronger job candidates

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Q. I am in the middle of an interview process for a job I really want. I had an initial meeting with human resources, which went well. I have been scheduled to meet with two VPs to move the process forward. After my first interview, my father died. It has all been difficult and I know I am not at my best. My interviews are supposed to be next week. Is it appropriate to ask to reschedule, or would you encourage me to go on the interview?

A. Sharing this kind of personal information is reasonable. You want to be at your best, and you need to make sure this prospective employer understands that this opportunity is a high priority to you.

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