I had my second interview with a great company yesterday. I think it went well. I met the staff I would be working with and they asked me a few specific questions on my skills and certain things that might come up on a day to day basis. It seemed like they wanted to know if I would be a good fit for the department. They were all really nice and they cracked jokes during the meeting, which made me feel very comfortable.
I was very relaxed and smile or laughed when they made jokes and I really think I could get along with the team just great. I hand delivered handwritten thank you notes to each person I met.
I am quite stressed out because I would love to work at this company and the job seemed like just what I am looking for right now. But I might have a small problem.
I’m a little nervous because I currently have an H1B work visa (I’m originally from Venezuela) and I did not mention this issue to the HR manager on the first interview because I was unsure if they would eliminate me as a candidate.
I actually checked with an attorney this week and he assured me there should not be any problems transferring my current visa to the new employer. And I have all the information needed give to the prospective employer about the transfer.
They are an Equal Opportunity Employer, so I figured it should be fine to transfer my visa from my current employer to the new company, but it happened to me before that I got a job offer and they took it back because they didn’t want to deal with the visa transfer.
Do you think I should e-mail the HR person and let her know about the visa or should I call her? And how can I bring this issue up? Or should I wait until I get the job offer?
I would appreciate any thoughts you might have on this particular issue.
First let me congratulate you on making it to the second interview. Sounds like it went well.
Unfortunately, I am not an expert when it comes to this issue. I do know that when I used to work for a University and we hired people with Visas, sometimes there were issues about transferability.
Equal opportunity employer is a policy that applies to how open they are to hiring, but it doesn’t apply to the specifics of immigration rules.
Now that you’ve made it through the second interview, I would suggest calling your contact person and letting him or her know your situation. The way I see it, if it was a problem before for you, then you might want to let them know yourself. Since you’ve spoken to a lawyer and can assure them truthfully that there is no problem, than that shouldn’t affect your chances in most cases – especially if they really want you. I don’t think it’s a good idea to keep this hidden.
If they consider it a problem when you tell them, then it would have been a problem later. But if you tell them yourself and explain what you just told us, then you have a better chance of making sure they know the whole thing will be easy. It also makes you seem on top of things which is a plus for a potential employee. If you don’t tell them, they may assume it’s more of a problem than it is.
But please…this is only my opinion. Do what you think is right. Or wait and see if someone else offers some first-hand experience.
PLEASE…if anyone else out there has some advice for Corina, let us know!
Meanwhile, I have my fingers crossed for you, Corina.
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