I have an upcoming interview for a job that is very interesting to me. The job is in another country. The problem is that the last year I found another job in this country, accepted the offer, got a visa, set a date and in the last moment I didn't go, because I got some family health issues at home and it cought me completely off guard. So at the moment I decided not to go. I have regretted this decision ever since everything at home came back to normal, but what's done is done.
My question is: should I mention this fact during the interview? I guess that there is a posibility that this fact can come up during my next visa application process (if there will be one). Should I be honest or should I just not mention the fact and tell them another reason for leaving my job a year ago?
The question you might want to ask yourself is why would you want to mention it ? Do you think it would benefit you in any way ?
I don't really see why you would want to tell this during an interview.
Don't get me wrong, if they choose you and you start the whole visa application process, this would be the kind of technical information you would mention, as its bound to surface at some point in time.
However during the actual job interview why talk about something that is just going to raise questions from the employer and not help in any way? Mention it as late as possible.
If the job is in another country, the interviewer might ask you anyway, 'How prepared / willing are you to relocate to our country?' This is where you could mention that you had already committed to do this on a previous occasion, but a family emergency prevented you from following through. It would reinforce that the move is not an issue for you personally and put their mind at ease.
It may depend on the country, but it might be worthwhile mentioning anyway in case there are indeed complications in the visa application (or reapplication) process. The fact that you were able to secure a visa without issue before may put them at ease as well. Transparency on your part will go down well when the interviewer is considering you. I cannot think of a major reason why this information should be withheld.
I wouldn't answer that question unless it's asked directly by the interviewer.
Job competition nowadays is of course very competitive and as such interviewers will tend to put more emphasis on ironing out irregularities in your cv (No matter which country you are applying to work in).
If it comes up in conversation by all means be prepared to back it up with a reasonable explanation (which you have already provided).