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Asked by Ladysg

Q: Job hunting/Interviewing while heavily pregnant...

Have any of you ladies looked for or interviewed for a job while pregnant (in your third trimester)?

I wasn't really looking for a job per say (but of course wanna move from my current employer)...but I got contacted by a recruiter that one of her clients is looking for a candidate of my expertise. I am thrilled and looking forward to chatting more about the opportunity further.

My concern...showing up to the interview with the big belly...and what do you say if or when questioned about when you are due...which for me is in about 2 months.

I know an employer cannot discriminate against a woman who is pregnant...but at the same time...I would like to know how you ladies handled the interview and some of the questions that might have rose about the pregnancy during the interview.

Tnx :)

This question was asked Jan. 7, 2015 7:43am
Category: Pregnancy & Work

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Answered by Ladysg - Jan. 8, 2015 5:45am
Thanks ladies for the response.
I will definitely be trying my luck when they do call me in for an interview. I do plan on being honest, and if the job is meant for me...I will get it :)

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Answered by TXkadams - Jan. 7, 2015 10:05pm
I haven't been in your situation, but I have a colleague that was hired a month before her due date. I interviewed for my current position at 10 weeks pregnant, but I just didn't disclose to them at the time. I worked at the same company at the time, just switched departments.

My company hires people for the long term, so waiting a couple of months for the right candidate to come back from maternity leave wasn't really a big deal. She's now been with the company for 5-6 years and had one other kid in that time. My company also don't offer any benefits directly from the company for maternity leave other than those offered by the state. They do offer an optional supplemental disability insurance, but the insurance company is the one paying out in that case (not the company). So the only benefit above what we get from the state and sup disability is a guarantee that our jobs will be held for us for 12 weeks (no money).

So it's possible, why not try?

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Answered by Quartz3 - Jan. 7, 2015 1:34pm
I have not been in that situation, but I'd be honest when answering any question regarding how long you'll be off, etc, while stressing your interest in the position and what you can bring to the organization. The employer might not hire you this time around, but if you're a good candidate, they could keep your information. They could contact you later, or you could even contact them when you're ready to go back to work to see if they have anything for you...

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