Interview Day!

By jaydoubleyou23 Latest Reply 2013-12-25 19:40:32 -0600
Started 2013-12-17 14:46:13 -0600

How many of you explain you have diabetes at a job interview ? Do you feel it effects their decision in hiring you ?
I have a job interview today! I think my type one will be something I explain at the end of my interview, when they ask "do you have any further questions or comments". I don't really worry about whether it effects their decision in hiring me because I feel like if I represent myself as a hard passionate worker it shouldn't really matter!
What's your opinions ? :)

29 replies

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2013-12-25 19:40:32 -0600 Report

Hey jay,

Congratulations on getting the job. Fantastic!!!

As others have said, you don't have to disclose your health at a job interview. It's up to you.

Here is an article I wrote awhile back about disclosing once you are on the job:

Lots of people here on DC are dealing with job-related issues, so I hope you will stay in touch with us. And again. congratulations!


Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-12-19 13:38:17 -0600 Report

I have not told any prosepctive employer that I am diabetic. Even though they cannot deny employment, you don't know if that is crossing their minds when they make a decision. If the job requires you to have a physical and a blood test, odds are they will find out anyway. I would not volunteer information. If they don't ask, don't tell. The only way I would tell would be if the job required me to operate machinery or company vehicles. I would not want to have a low and cause injury to anyone including myself.

jaydoubleyou23 2013-12-19 13:40:51 -0600 Report

Are you on insulin ?

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-12-19 13:54:33 -0600 Report

No and I still wouldn't tell them if I were. I have been a part of interview panels and no one ever asked health related questions of anyone interviewing for a job. Only one person admitted to being a diabetic and another with a heart problem. The person with the heart problem said she really wanted the job but she had to go have a stent put in. She didn't get the job during the first round but she was hired for another position and turned out to be one of the best hired that month. The diabetic person was not hired because they lacked the basic qualification for the job. No High School Diploma and was in the process of completing her GED. The state law required the person to have either or with experience.

jaydoubleyou23 2013-12-19 13:58:32 -0600 Report

Yes but taking a break to do shots their going to find out anyways. And what if you pass out from a low blood sugar ? They would have no idea what to do and besides, if they judge you based on your diabetes it's not worth taking the job. Because your health is way more valuable than a stupid job. And I'm type one so I'm constantly testing and taking insulin. It's who I am. That's just me.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-12-19 14:14:15 -0600 Report

I would tell them after I got the job. However, at the point where they ask you if you have any questions, you can say that you are a T1 diabetic who has to take insulin. I am really excited about working for your company and I hope my diabetic will not be detrimental in your decision of hiring for this position. You know say it a way that makes them want to hire you. That way you won't have to deal with feelings of guilt for not telling them.

Jay all of us can say what we would or would not do in this situation. You have to do what you feel is right for you. Don't ever go against your principals, or ethics for a job. It isn't worth it.

I was asked to do something at work that I knew was illegal and I would not do it even with the threat of being fired. The person that did it caused me to be interviewed by the postal police and then I took them to the person (the head of the hospital) who ordered that they illegal act be done. The hospital ended up paying a huge fine and the director was put on notice by the board of directors. Thankfully, the employee wasn't arrested but it could have happened. I never go against my principals for an employer and if I lose my job so be it. If I don't get hired, it wasn't meant to be. Good luck I hope you get the job.

IronOre 2013-12-19 13:19:02 -0600 Report

You should not have to tell anybody that you are diabetic unless it affects the safety of your job ~ so it's best off if you keep it to yourself.
What type of work is this?

jaydoubleyou23 2013-12-19 13:59:17 -0600 Report

I will work with toddlers and infants. So if I go low and end up passing out o need them to know what to do. Cause other than one adult I'm only surrounded by small children.

lee13smith 2013-12-18 14:23:10 -0600 Report

I might be wrong here. I do believe that a potently employer can not ask about your health. I believe that falls under the privacy act.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-12-19 14:00:20 -0600 Report

You are correct. I remember when I first got out of high school and applied for my first job. The job application was the norm until you got to the second section which was seperated by gender. The one for women asked about giving birth, if you were pregnant and when was your last menstral cycle. The section for men asked about the use of condoms and sexual partners if you weren't married. This was a private industry application. It was shortly after that a law was passed where that kind of information could not be on an application. I refused to answer because I was embarrassed and didn't get the job.

I am not sure about jobs that require you to operate heavy equipment and machinery. Today with most employers requiring drug testing and physicals. I think it may come out anyway depending on the kind of physical you get.

haoleboy 2013-12-18 23:46:44 -0600 Report

they cannot ask you and I certainly would not offer up ANY health related info in a job interview

jaydoubleyou23 2013-12-19 11:43:28 -0600 Report

Why wouldn't you ? And what type are you ?

haoleboy 2013-12-19 19:08:00 -0600 Report

type 2. I spent almost 30 years in retail management and have hired literally hundreds of people … so … my take is that it is illegal for them to ask you to disclose an illness and there is no advantage to you disclosing prior to being hired. a discussion after you have been hired is appropriate should you need special accommodations.
you didn't mention what kind of job … If this is for CEO of a fortune 500 company, then all bets are off ;)

Diabeticspeaker 2013-12-18 00:18:21 -0600 Report

American disability act says if they did not say in job description that if you have a medical disability in qualifications they can not Denies you that position.

steph86 2013-12-17 21:38:41 -0600 Report

Ive been in that situation so in a way im glad im not being alienated one job i had i mentioned i am a diabetic type 1 they seemed to understand and when it got busy at work i noticed i was having a low and asked 3x to get a 5 minute break superviser said no and ignored me when i said im going to passout. I got sent home bc according to the supervisor i was going to slow needless to say i quit. No job is more important then my health but similar situations have caused me to get fired bc of low bloodsugars some companys dont want the responsibility

dagger1234 2013-12-17 14:53:40 -0600 Report

I am glad I am looking for a new job now and will be able to find a job that suits me and will have the time to take my insulin and my meds etc. My past job i didn't know I had diabetes until a week in and that was when they told me I should get all my doctor appointments out of the way before I started. I'm happy I got out of the job though. I felt like I was going to faint. I'm now just looking in the clerical field and applying to temp agencies. I already told the temps I have diabetes before hand to not have to put up with companies regulations etc. Tired of explaining myself and showing millions of doctors notes.

jaydoubleyou23 2013-12-17 15:10:45 -0600 Report

I had a job like that too! They would never give me time to check my blood sugar either. I'm so tired of employers who don't take the health of their employees seriously.

dagger1234 2013-12-17 15:12:44 -0600 Report

*hugs*..I figured if I found a job that I don't have to be on my feet as much or constantly moving around, then I can squeeze in bathroom breaks and hurry and take meds, etc. Lol

jaydoubleyou23 2013-12-17 15:15:54 -0600 Report

Haha true that! I'm working with kids for this job and little kids sometimes get scared when you pull out your tester! But I love working with children so much so I hope it will all work out!

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