Most people know that it is illegal to deny someone a job based on them being pregnant. However, small businesses with less than 15 employees are exempt from the rule.
What you need to keep in mind is that the employer will likely not tell you that your pregnancy is the reason they aren’t hiring you. They will simply say that your application was unsuccessful or that they have decided to go with another candidate.
So, to give yourself the best possible shot, here are some things to bear in mind when Interviewing for a Job While Pregnant.
It is up to you; you don’t have to disclose your pregnancy during the interview. You may not be showing yet, and you don’t have to say anything about it.
However, you have to consider what it will be like if you get the job offer; and only confirm your pregnancy after. There might be some resentment. It stands to reason that being open about your pregnancy will show that you are open and honest. However, if you don’t want to disclose it, you can wait until you receive an offer and then disclose it.
Offering Solutions Instead of Problems
If you are visibly showing, you may need to acknowledge your pregnancy as it cannot be ignored. If you are going to disclose your pregnancy, you may need to focus on ways to minimize the loss to the company.
Typical ways to do this may be to prioritize work that needs to get done first and complete some projects ahead of time that can run their course while you are away. You could also offer to train those that can step up and do some work from home.
Overall, you need to get through this part of the interview quickly and direct them to what makes you excited and the best person for the position.
Remember to Ask
As much as the show must go on, you should still ask about what type of maternity and family benefits the company has to offer. Being able to work flexible hours is not just for parents but, in general, a perk that many employees prefer to have.
This may be a no-brainer, but try to go for opportunities that will not require too much physical effort or anything that can in any way influence your pregnancy. Many pregnancies require extended bed rest. Another concern is also working with substances that may be harmful to the baby, such as chemicals.
This would be yet another reason to promote something where you can work remotely, on a computer. However, every pregnancy is unique, and you may be well equipped to handle whatever a job throws at you. Just make sure you are able to handle the job requirements before committing to it.
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Trust your gut
If you get the job and then feel any sort of resentment toward your pregnancy, you should look into measures to cover yourself. You can visit the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission website for more info.
All the very best with your interviewing and the imminent birth of your next little one!