19. "The Holdup in the Process Is (Someone's Illness, Vacation, Etc.)"
If your hiring manager is out of commission, that’s one thing. If it’s anyone else in the decision-making chain, this is a huge red flag. Is this missing person so integral to the hiring process that it can’t proceed without her presence? Is the CFO so ill that he can’t approve a new hire on a 45-second phone call? Usually something else is happening, and someone doesn’t want to spill the beans. Gather together your mojo and say "That’s a concern for me, frankly. If [Leo’s] piece in this puzzle can hold up the action for 10 days, I worry that it would be a hard place for me to have impact on." (Go ahead and end your statement with a preposition, too!)