I am a chemist who has recently been contacted by a former supervisor to interview at her current company.
My current company has strict deadlines (clinical trials) to meet and is reviewing all requests for paid leave. The company has denied several coworkers requests "for business reasons" (this is the first time I have heard of this happening after over 10 years working here). Coworkers have been coming in even with fevers just to get the work done on time.
In my industry, a full-day interview is the standard. Because of the upcoming deadlines, there is a good chance that I will not be able to get out of coming to work for "personal reasons", and I do not feel comfortable lying to my employer. I should be able to take leave after the deadline passes in two weeks.
What is the best way to approach the company that wants to interview me about delaying the interview?