(Closed) When to disclose pregnancy while job hunting/switching jobs?

posted 5 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
9139 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@sit1010:   the owner of the company did ask me if I was going to be needing any extended time off soon

A friend of mine was a headhunter and he said this was how he asked women if they were pregnant and expecting to take maternity leave in the near future.  Since you said no, I would wait a little while before telling them you’re going to need some time off because they’re going to be upset and that can be alleviated if you have already show yourself to be a good worker.  I wouldn’t wait too long since you will likely start showing soon and the cat will be out of the bag.

As far as it being lying, if companies wouldn’t discriminate against hiring pregnant women, then there wouldn’t be a need for pregnant women to lie during interviews.

Post # 5
279 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@sit1010:  As someone who just went through this I have to say it depends on the person.

I found out I was pregnant after my second interview, so went to the third knowing, but chose not to tell them because I knew there were a lot of other people interviewing as well.  However, it would feel like a lie to me to not share it.  Plus, I had a previous miscarriage and didn’t know what would happen/I’d have to leave early for doctor’s appointments and wasn’t sure how I was going to do that without coming clean.

Even though everyone told me to wait I chose to tell when they called and made in the offer.  Nothing had been signed by either party, and I asked them if it would be a problem to please tell me.  Although I could tell my hiring boss was not exactly excited he was very understanding and made it clear they still wanted me at the company.

The only people that know here are my direct supervisor and our head boss.  Now that I’m actually working I’m SO happy they know.  Getting off early for the doctor’s appointments is easy, and they do subtle things out of consideration that no one else would notice like giving me the light boxes to carry when we’re setting up for an event.

The only thing to note is maternity leave.  I hope by January I’ll have proved myself worth keeping, but we are prepared financially if they choose not to hold my spot since I’ll have been here less than a year and therefore legally they have no obligation to maternity leave laws.  So that’s something you’ll want to keep in mind while looking.

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