I submitted a resume at 11am on Monday. At 12:30 I was called for an interview at 2:30 on Monday about 1 1/2 hours from me (the job is local, but the main office is in the LA area). I told the person on the phone that assuming I could find someone to pick up my son, I'd be there and would call if something changed. I made it to the interview a few minutes late due to parking issues that I didn't plan for. After the interview, I was offered the position (this is now 4 hours after I submitted my resume) and asked when I could start. Before accepting, I made it clear that there were some things relating to my son that I would need to be able to accommodate. I need to be able to take him from Vacation Bible School back to pre-school/day care every day for the week of 7/15. The last week in August I have no child care. While I will try to work things out, there may be a day or two that I do not have child care. I was assured that this would not be a problem since it is only a few days.
We left things with the interviewer that she was going to call me later that day to finalize my start time on Monday. I missed her call on Monday afternoon, but called her Tuesday. She called me back at the end of the day and said that she would have to call me on Wednesday. At 4pm Wednesday, she called me and said that the head person in the local office wanted to meet me at 9:30am on Friday 7/5. I told her I had my son with me all day because his school was closed. She was insistent that I find child care for him because she needed to have me there at 9:30 on Friday. Her exact words to me were just ask a neighbor or something. I told her I would try, but with the holiday weekend and short notice, it might be tough. I called her back last night and told her that I didn't think I would be able to find anyone to watch my son. I could either bring him with me and give him some crayons and a snack and he would be fine for a little bit or I could meet the guy on Monday and start on Tuesday. This apparently was unacceptable because she told me that I needed to find someone and call her back tonight (7/4!) because I needed to meet with this man on Friday.
My question is, has the hiring process changed in favor of the employer so much that they expect you to drop everything to accommodate them? My first reaction is that this is not a family friendly company (though in the interview I was assured that it was) and being a single mom might be an issues when things come up. The fact that I am expected to call her in the evening on 4th of July leads me to believe that there is a blurred line between work and home. People are telling me not to judge the local office based on the main office's HR person, but company culture usually comes, IMO, from the top. The job is OK. It's in my field, it's close to home and I'm a perfect fit for it. Does anyone have any thoughts on this?