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Jul 29, 2015 11:16 PM

DO YoTuguys feel like u must discuss your health problems with a prospective employer? I feel I should but then they would never give me a job. It is tough... Alot. But I've never been excited about a job more than this (I'm 42). Should I just take it and workout any issues as they arise? Hoping by that time know I'm a great employee. Thanks for advice.

Jul 30, 2015 10:53 AM

I would not. If and when you have a medical issue affecting your work, then you may want/need to disclose it. And by then you may have proved your skills and value for the responsibilities given to you.

I worked as a Team Leader and did the pre-interviews for my boss. There were various things she had me ask, things that let us know if someone might not be able to do the heavy lifting required. They cannot directly ask if you have specific issues, unless you open the door by volunteering the info first. Then it's fair game to ask you to expand on it. Good luck! 🙏🌼

Jul 30, 2015 3:25 PM

I think it depends on the circumstance. I know I'm worried because when I get my first job, I won't have a record of being a good worker through the disability. I'm scared by that. I don't know what your experience had been with employers, but if they ask you could say something if it affects you, or not. It might be good to say something because then they have more info. It could also be bad if they decide to skip the job and claim that your disability affects your ability to do the work.
I'm a bit worried because my dream job is programming, but I can't type much due to my disability, and am dyslexic. I'm not old enough yet to work, and I wish you luck!

Jul 30, 2015 5:01 PM

The time to discuss any disability is not during the interview. That being said do not lie about things you know that you are not able to do. If part of your duties include lifting and you say that you can and you cannot that is grounds for termination based on the fact that you cannot do the job you were hired to do. However if it is a larger company the American with disabilities act does protect you under some specific circumstances. Small companies (I think under 50 employees) are not held to the same standards/rules because the could not afford to accommodate every request. During my interview with the largest hospital corporation in America, I never mentioned my previous back surgery and rod. However everything that was required of me I was able to do. They actually put everyone through a fit test before the actual hiring process is completed. During some paperwork regarding previous surgeries I did answer that I have a Harrington rod in my T-spine. The employee health nurse asked if I needed anything 'special' to help me do my job and I did not at the time. However, later down the road I did request new chairs for the desk area where we would monitor cases and chart during very long procedures. Some cases were 6 to 10 hours long. I cannot sit comfortably in molded plastic chairs. They brought us ergonomically designed comfortable chairs. When I was in a much smaller company I brought in my own Herman Miller desk chair (so worth the money, and much cheaper on e bay). The smaller office did purchase headsets because it is very painful to hold a phone on your shoulder while dictating patient reports. So the short version be honest with what you say you are able to do. Do not lie or inflate the truth but, do not volunteer any extra information it may be used against you. There are only specific questions they can ask so stay on point. Know your own limitations and do not set yourself up for failure. Do the best that you can do and maybe later after you prove yourself you can be more open. Try to keep work just work and personal life personal. Hope you get the job!

Jul 30, 2015 7:56 PM

LMB, you explained that so much better and detailed than me... Thanks, because I forgot some of that info! 🙏🌼

Jul 30, 2015 8:07 PM


Jul 30, 2015 9:29 PM

I recently started a new job and actually i did talk about my RA in the interview. I felt it was best to be very upfront about it and not only did I get the job but my employers have been amazing taking my limitations into consideration.

Jul 31, 2015 1:49 AM

Last year I tried to get a job at the store down the road but on the application it asked specifically for health issues, I felt they didn't need to know it but they pulled my file with the pharmacy inside the store and sadly I did not get the job because I didn't tell them anything on the application. I was a GM for a hotel and those types of questions cannot be asked on application's or in the interview. Not only that the hippa law was violated when they pulled my pharmacy records as a basis for hiring. Watch what you say but be honest.

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