Interview HELP!!!!!

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 3
Member
2576 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@Ninteenthchance:  Hmmm… This is tough. Since you are already showing, I have found that honesty is the best policy and being evasive about your pregnancy could harm you as opposed to help you. Basically, you need to convince them that 1) you are right for the job despite being pregnant, and 2) you will not need a ton of time off right away (companies worry about this, and it’s why they would be more likely not to hire you).

Hence, it’s best to go in with a plan and not let your pregnancy take center stage (your job performance/skills/credentials should do that). Bring your portfolio or what have you and make the same argument you would make if you weren’t pregnant to fight for the job. Then once you’ve wowed them, you can discuss your pregnancy/plans having to do with that. You may want to play it by ear though. Recruiters are prohibited about asking questions about pregnancy, but they may be speculating something that could ding you. Your best bet is to convince them otherwise.

Also, what is the company culture at this place? Are there lots of workers with families or is it a NYC law firm where everyone pulls all-nighters? That can also set the tone for your interview, so do your research!

Post # 5
Member
1002 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

It might also be illegal for them to ask you about you being pregnant as well…I’m not 100% sure about that so don’t quote me on it!

Post # 7
Member
2576 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@Ninteenthchance:  In that case, definitely just be honest. What can you bring to the table, what is your plan once baby comes, etc.. There was a Bee recently who was rather vague about her engagement ring at the interview, and while she dodged a bullet as the interviewers were inappropriate, being vague/evasive may have harmed her even more.

Post # 9
mswallabyBee
2070 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor

@Ninteenthchance:  I’ve never been in that position before (we don’t have kids yet) but I think that your interview is a very brief time to sell yourself and your skills – I think it would be more useful to spend that time talking about your experience and how you’re qualified for the job. I wouldn’t bring up the fact that you’re pregnant – how can it help you? 

Good luck!!! xx

Post # 10
Member
11772 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

@Ninteenthchance:  I asked my DH, who hires people!

If you’re planning on coming back to work after the baby is born, tell them!

They can’t legally ask you, but they’re WAY less likely to hire you if they think you could vanish in 4 months and never come back!

Post # 12
Member
1002 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

@Ninteenthchance haha good point!  I like what OP have said about focusing on you and your talents too and when the time is right I am sure you can add in the info about only tkaing 4 weeks off.  Good Luck!!!

Post # 13
Member
615 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

please let us know how it goes! I have no advice though =/

Post # 14
Hostess
3787 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@Ninteenthchance:  I think you’ve gotten really good advice from the PPs. If I were interviewing, I would probably bring it up at the end of the interview after we’ve had a good discussion about my experience, company needs, goals, etc. Something simple, such as, “I also want to add that if given the opportunity to work in this position, that I intend to return to work soon after the birth of my baby in X month.” 

Good luck! Make sure to update us afterward!

Post # 16
Hostess
3787 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@Ninteenthchance:  Lol, what do you have? I’d probably wear the most professional thing you have that fits. Maybe something like a maternity skirt/pencil skirt, shell and cardigan?

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