When my husband was going for interviews, he often lost out because they were jobs in other cities, and the interview panel were worried he'd get fed up with the commute and want to leave. So much for convincing them, as an unemployed person, that you'd do anything for a job!
That's not supposed to happen in the public sector/HE. A candidate's personal life is nothing to do with their ability to do a job and shouldn't even be entered into.
Not quit as bad as the childcare issue, but still, assumptions made inappropriately about the candidate.
Sorry to hear you're not well, MM. Hope you're better soon.
Hoggle - sounds like a bit of a nightmarish interview situation. That's surely sex discrimination to ask you such questions before they've even offered of the job. Totally inappropriate. Fingers crossed you do get a good outcome, though.
Mind you, I work for the higher education sector, which is pseudo-public sector, and they're pretty strict on equal opps, interview guidelines etc and in principle judging candidates solely on application and performance. Hubby had different experiences when he was doing the rounds of private sector IT interviews (before we decided he'd be stay-at-home dad) - I couldn't believe some of the questions he was asked and the lack of professionalism from panels.
Really hope things come good for you in time for VLM, RB!
Had to pull out last year (my planned first ever marathon!) because I injured some tendons during the bliddy taper after an absolutely faultless training programme and then rushed in to pay for my deferred entry shortly before I realised I was pregnant.
I've been burying my head in the sand and ignoring all the magazines and emails. Anyway, that's two years of VLM entry I've paid for and now I've lost that ballot place for good. Hey ho. I'll run a marathon one day (although probably not VLM). Good luck to those of you running it this time!