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Asked by h on April 26, 2017

When I was younger I struggled with a disability. I still have this but no longer struggle with it as much. I needed some assistance in school, but now I hardly mention it to anyone. In college I earned a 3.0 GPA. I revealed my disability to some of my professors because I found that I tend to learn better after doing something repeatedly. Is this something I should mention during my job interviews, or should I wait until after an offer is made? Thanks!

Answered by Tom, Hiring Expert at VF Corporation, on April 28, 2017

First off, you are not required to mention your disability.  Suggest checking out https://www.eeoc.gov//facts/jobapplicant.html, for more information on the rights of job applicants with disabilities.  Secondly, I would suggest you only mention your disability if you feel you will need some kind of accommodation in order to perform the responsibilities of the job.  If you don't need an accommodation, it is not relevant.  If you do need an accommodation, it is generally (admittedly, this is from an employer's point of view) better to let the potential employer know earlier in the process, so the employer can begin considering possible accommodations sooner vs. later, accommodations that may not only be relevant for the job, but during the interviewing process as well.  Of course, this depends on the disability.  Hope this helps!

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Answered by Claire, Hiring Expert at American Express, on May 12, 2017

Hi there! This is a great question and one that I many Jobipedia users could benefit from. First and foremost, you should never feel ashamed of your disability or the additional time you require to truly grasp a skill or concept. Personally, I would think of ways to be honest about your personal working style, without directly referring to your disability in your interview. I am not saying that you should hide your disability. Instead, I think you should gauge the environment you'll be working in as well as gauge the management style of whomever you will be working under. Making sure your expectations are aligned with your leaders expectations will decrease the possibility of a misunderstanding down the line.

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