Job interviews: To Crohn's or not to Crohn's?

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Texan with Crohn's
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   Posted 7/21/2008 4:55 AM (GMT -7)   
Good morning. I have been on one interview thus far and have another today. I am not sure wether to discus my CD. I figured that I wouldn't bring it up unless asked about medical issues. On one of the job interviews I will have to undergo a medical exam, soooo... I have a feeling it will come up.

What are your thoughts??



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   Posted 7/21/2008 5:54 AM (GMT -7)   
I don't bring it up until training. Then I just casually mention "if I step out a lot to use the restroom during your presentation I am not being rude. I have crohns and just need to use the restroom." Or if we are all having lunch and I can't eat something I will casually say, "yeah, I can't eat that, I have crohns." I never make it a big deal or big serious discussion.

But, the only time I would mention it before I was offered a job was if it was a job where I could only accept it knowing I would need accomodations. For example, I am going to apply for some judicial clerkships for after law school. The clerks sit in the court room during trials. I know I will need freedom to use the restroom. So rather than waste my time and the judges time and some other student who wants the jobs time, I might ask at my interview, "while in the court room, will I have the freedom to use the restroom as needed or do I need to wait for the official recess?" If he or she says wait then I would say, "well I have a medical condition that prevents me from waiting, could that be accomodated?"

But generally I think it is a better idea not to bring up medical stuff until after you have the job.
26 Year old married female law student (last year!!). Diagnosed w/ CD 4 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD. I am sort of lactose intollerant too but can handle anything cultured and do well w/ lactose pills and lactaid. For crohns I am currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day and hysociamine prn. I also have bad acid reflux and have been on PPI's since age 13. I have been through prilosec, prevacid, and nexium. Currently I am on Protonix in the morning and Zantac at night. I also take a birth control pill to allow some fun in my life.

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   Posted 7/21/2008 6:01 AM (GMT -7)   
FitzyK is exactly right. They aren't supposed to ask about disabilities, only if you are able to perform the job duties. Wait until after you're hired.

US employers are smart enough to never pass over someone because they have a disability - that would be illegal. Unfortunately, they can always find another reason to hire someone else.
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Texan with Crohn's
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   Posted 7/21/2008 6:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Why thank ya much for your replies. :) Interviews... fun fun As if the strain of interviewing itself was not enough.

I greatly appreciate all your input.

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   Posted 7/21/2008 1:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Never during the interview. The most they can ask is if you have any condition that will keep you from fullfilling the requirement of the job. To which you can say no if you believe you can do the job despite the disease. If you have a physical you might mention it to the doc doing the exam if asked or if asked about perscription meds you take you should tell them all of the meds.
Good luck finding a job.

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   Posted 7/21/2008 4:18 PM (GMT -7)   
I actually had a dream about this. I was in a job interview, and the lady was impressed by my resume, such as it is, and offered me the job. I was debating in my head about whether to tell her about my Crohn's, and it grew to a frantic and intense argument, and then I woke up with a jolt.

Creeped me out. Anyway, I'd say be as up front about it as possible- when the time is right. If it won't affect the job in any way unless you get a real bad flare, I'd say don't mention it at all unless it comes up in conversation (never ever ever ever lie about it) or you have a flare and need time off or something.
20, Male, diagnosed over Christmas Break of my Junior year in High School. BEST CHRISTMAS EVAR LOL

(not really)

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   Posted 7/22/2008 8:17 AM (GMT -7)   

I agree never during the interview. that is personal info and they should not ask that anyway, just as they should not ask if you are married or have kids etc....



Karen (Karendee)

Diagnosed w/ Crohn’s Disease  March 2007 Started Humira June 2008 (have been on other cd meds)

Diagnosed w/  Fibromyalgia May 2007 also on Soma

Diagnosed w/ General Anxiety Disorder in 2005- Effexor and now new med Clonazepam starting 7/18/08


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