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In the past, I have talked about how one would go about disclosing a disability to their workplace, as well as talking about discrimination in the workplace. This month I’ll be talking about a similar topic— specifically, discussing one’s disability during the interview.  

When you’re being interviewed by a potential new employer, it’s your chance to make a good impression on them and prove why you’d be a viable candidate to add to their team. In addition to showcasing your past experiences and highlighting your accomplishments, during the interview is a great time to discuss if you identify as having a disability. While the ADA is there to protect you from discrimination by an employer for having a disability, it’s up to you to make that information known to the employer if you wish for them to know. Visible disabilities don’t allow jobseekers to be as discreet about their status should they wish to withhold information, but it’s still that particular person’s right to share as much or as little as they’d like to. Of course, individuals with invisible disabilities also have as much of a right to how much they share as well. The main takeaway is that the jobseeker, regardless of their disability status, should remember to be themselves: confident, knowledgeable, and ready to demonstrate how much of an asset they would be within any workplace.

If you’d like to learn more about ways to discuss your disability during the interviewing process, check out this resource from Job Accommodation Network (JAN). As always, be sure to check out our informative Digital Tip on this topic, too. Until next time, I hope you all stay cozy as the Holiday season begins. See you in December!

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