I'm back! The week without posts was because I moved, and I'm so exhausted that I can barely move my fingers to type this. However...
A reader writes:
I had a phone interview last week for a position that seems like the perfect job for me. I'm supposed to hear from the interviewer to arrange a face -to- face meeting next week. The job's with the federal government, which I've worked for in the past and am well qualified for.
My problem is that I've gained quite a bit of weight in the past two years (situational reason - I ran my own company for a couple years, working 12-15 hours/day and fell off the fitness wagon for the first time in my life) and am afraid it will hinder my chances of scoring this job. Pre-employment medical exams are required. Do I address the weight issue (and that I'm back on track to fitness) or ignore it?
Please don't bring up your weight or your work-out plan! It's unnecessary, and it'll make for an awkward conversation -- what is the interviewer going to say in response, after all? It's just going to be uncomfortable.
Your weight is only relevant if it makes you physically unable to perform the job -- and if you're unable to perform the job, plans to lose the weight in the future won't matter.
Go, do the interview, and don't fixate on your weight. Good luck!