I am among the finalists for a position with a state agency for a job that I really want. I worked for a bit over a year at another state agency, where I received a very poor performance review and not other reviews before I resigned and moved on. The nature of the final hiring process for the job I am currently a finalist for is that I must sign a release that gives them access to any information about past employment with the state. I know that all the other references I am providing will give me stellar reviews and a good recommendation.
My question is, should I proactively mention this poor review, and ask for the opportunity to give an explanation and discuss the extenuating circumstances at the time? The "circumstances" are not related to the job, boss/supervisor, or co-workers.
Thank you for any feedback. It is very much appreciated.