Hello, all! I'm graduating in a few weeks (Dec 15) and am very actively looking for my first job as a PA. I also happen to be due to have a baby in late January. Because of this, I'm looking for a job to start in April/May.
I had been advised by preceptors/advisers to not mention the pregnancy/baby during interviews until employment is secured. Have had a bunch of phone interviews and today was the first one in which the recruiter basically asked me what I plan on doing from December until April. She gave me a few options ("traveling? taking much-needed time off? volunteering? working somewhere else?") and at first I said taking some time off, but later in the conversation she asked again in a different way about a timeline and I was honest and told her I'm expecting my first child in late January. This admission didn't seem to hurt the conversation, as she seemed excited and mentioned applicable benefits.
My question for you all:
Was this the right way to handle this situation? Should I be honest about the pregnancy in future interviews, if it comes up? I've felt during other interviews that recruiters wanted to know what I'm doing during this apparent time-off until my April start date, but haven't asked outright. So it seemed like a good idea to give a reason, rather than have it seem I'm just chilling around for 4 months. Plus, once I get an in-person interview I won't be able to hide the pregnancy. Also, I really would like to secure a job before Jan 15th or so, and I feel like being honest about the pregnancy might help speed the job placement process up? I know the large health care systems can be slow with hiring, but if they know my situation they'll work with me on a timeline maybe?
Not sure if any of that made sense, but you can probably tell I'm getting a bit anxious about getting everything figured out before baby comes! Any words of wisdom would be much appreciated, thanks!
Sorry if this topic is already on here somewhere, but I didn't see it recently.