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Tips For Acing A Job Interview

Common Wisdom Is Not To Volunteer Any Health Information During An Interview If No One Asks (but the choice is yours)

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A job interview is not a confessional and it is not therapy.

The purpose of the interview is for the potential employer to find out what you can do, not what you can't do. You are a potential resource for the company, not a person begging for a job. An interview is also an opportunity for you to learn what you need to know about the current state of the company and the job.

The relationship is a formal, business one. An employer is not a friend.

If you are going to disclose your health condition, consider doing it after you receive the job offer or after you start work. Put yourself in the employer's position: if you had two applicants for a job, and they were equally qualified, would you choose the person with the health history or the one without it?

The following ideas may be helpful in making your decision whether to tell about your health condition before a job offer is made:

 Reasons some people tell about their health condition before receiving a job offer:

  • Helps weed out those interviewers or employers who will be unable to deal with your health history and evaluate you based on your credentials fairly because of their reaction to your health condition.
  • Helps you not waste your time trying to alter the perceptions of the interviewer.
  • Deals with the situation right way. It prevents the interviewer or employer from being surprised or uncomfortable later on if you need an accommodation to let you do your work.  Surprise could create a lasting barrier to long-term career success.
  • Allows you to feel honest, open and fair.

On the other hand, reasons not to tell include the following

  • It may mean you don’t get a chance to interview and present your qualifications.
  • Disclosure makes your health a relevant part of looking for a job, instead of your abilities to do the job, with or without an accommodation.
  • It keeps your health condition totally separate from your ability to do your job.
  • It gives an employer the opportunity to discriminate based on your health condition while being aware that discrimination is difficult to prove.

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