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New job and RA

  • By Sanderson

    I have a job interview scheduled for next week and I don’t know what to say, if anything, about my RA. Do I tell the interviewwer up front about it or not? I need a job with benefits and steady salary so I need to do this but I am worried about the days when walking becomes agony. I have no problem being at my desk but I can’t use stairs very easily and bending or kneeling is out of the question of course. I want to be fiair to an employer and I know some mornings are going to be very difficult for me. Any one have any suggestions on how to handle this? Thank you.

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  • By MaxDrave

    Hi

    I’d have to assume you are in the USA by “I need a job with benefits ……”, by which I am again assuming you mean health insurance.

    Surely at some point you have to fill out a form about your health for the insurance or is it unquestioning ‘blanket cover’?

    If you have to fill out a form it is soon going to be apparent, so you need to be upfront…. and depending on how bad your RA is you also need to be up front if you take a lot of time off.

    Myself I can tell you that the best lies are based on 80% truth, if that helps. That’s a life tip.

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  • By ktinflorida

    What kind of job is this? How is,RA going to impact it?

    After they hire you in my state, they can fire you the first 90 days for any reason…. they don’t like your hair color. It doesn’t matter. It can’t be for one of the protected reasons like race, sex, religion, etc, but they aren’t dumb enough to do something like that. There is always a ‘valid’ reason.

    If you have a job that involves something RA will impact frequently, you will probably have to disclose. If it is a cubicle job, you can probably get away without disclosing. Just keep in mind that I don’t think Family Medical Leave Act applies until you work somewhere for a year unless that has changed. There may also be limits regarding company size and job protection.

    That is a tough decision. You want to be upfront, but you are reasonably concerned that it will cause you not to get the job. Just remember lying is grounds for immediate termination. Not discussing it is ok. Interviewers aren’t allowed to ask, but sometimes they do anyway.

    Good luck.
    KT

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  • By Lavande

    That’s a great question, Sanderson. I don’t have a job interview just yet, but I am sure that is on the horizon. I wonder what you would say to an interviewer when they ask, “Why did you leave your last job?” When the reason is RA related I think it would be a bit tricky to answer. Surely a company would rather hire a healthy person over someone who has a chronic illness.

    I hope your interview goes well.

    All the best.

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  • By KinseyAnn700

    I’ve never told an employer unless it was really effecting my work, and that was after I was hired.

    According to the Americans with Disability Act, they cannot ask you what you’re sick with and you are not obligated to tell them.

    When I started noticing it effecting my promptness to work or when I’d go through a flare up, I found it important to make them aware of what I was going through. Hopefully they will be as understanding as my company. Some days I just have to work from home but as long as it gets done they don’t mind.

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