I have a job interview on Tuesday, do I have to tell them about my illness?
I see my keyworkers every week and will be with the early intervention team for psychosis for at least 6 months. At the moment my problems are depression, anxiety, and some psychotic and OCD symptoms, though the last two are not really diagnosed, they are just keeping an eye on the symptoms to make sure I don't deteriorate.
Anyway, I really want this job. It is to be a trainee nursery assisstant at a day nursery and I would love to work with children, I did some work at a special school once and I loved it. However, I don't want them to think I'm a dangerous psycho and not employ me for that reason. i feel that if I tell them I might need time off etc they will just employ somebody else, even though I think I would really suit this job and have had experience etc.
Anybody else had this problem, what should I do?
Would I get in trouble if I didn't tell them and they found out later?
Disclosing mental illness to employers. watch
- Thread Starter
- 08-02-2010 12:27
- 08-02-2010 12:32
I think when potentially working with any vulnerable population, it would be in your best interest to tell the employers. If they find out later it will only make things messier for you.
- 08-02-2010 12:33
I'd tell them for sure. They'd want to monitor you if only to keep an eye on you so you don't have an episode at work or something.
- 08-02-2010 17:56
Technically you are not obliged to disclose at this stage and they should not be asking health related questions during an interview.
However if you are asked to fill in an occupational health assessment form and you fail to disclose there than it gives them grounds for instant dismissal if they were to find out at the later stage.
- 10-02-2010 23:41
what belis says ...
also a once again about OH forms the appointing manager should not see them ever ... only the Health Professionals who provide the OH service
- 11-02-2010 14:46
I assume that the job you're applying for (working with children) would require a CRB check and a medical record request. It's in your best interests to declare it, and if you don't they'll find out another way, and that'll count against you moreso than if you declared it in the first place. I hope that makes sense.
- 11-02-2010 15:43
yes you should tell them, you are going for a job working with kids, i would have thought common sense would have kicked in and made you realise you need to tell them