Employers are not supposed to ask questions about whether you are married, plan to have children or are pregnant during an interview. Pregnant job seekers, however, may want to be up front about the issue from the beginning. Some may not be able to conceal that they are pregnant and will have to address it at some point during a job interview.
Wait until the end of the interview. Show that you have the skills required to do the job well by answering interview questions with examples from your past. When a quiet moment comes at the end of the interview (perhaps after you have asked your own questions about the position and company), it is the best time to reveal your pregnancy.
Thank the employer for the opportunity to interview. Then you can come right out and say that you are pregnant. Your wording may be, "Thank you for meeting with me today. I am excited about this opportunity. I want you to be aware as you make your hiring decision that I am pregnant."
Come with a plan for how you will handle working while you are pregnant. Demonstrate to the employer that you are thinking about how your pregnancy will affect his business. Say you plan to work as far into your pregnancy as you are physically capable and when you plan to return to work after the birth. Offer ways to make up time missed for doctor's appointments, and tell him your child-care plans as well.
Tips & Warnings
- Consider discussing your pregnancy if it is evident you are pregnant only in the second interview. Lay out your plan for coming back to work and working while pregnant then.
- Offer to work as a consultant or on a temporary basis if your due date is near your potential starting date. You might get a permanent job offer after the birth.
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