The information to include in your application and how it should be phrased are two important considerations for every applicant. If you have a disability or long-term health condition, you may also consider whether you wish to be open to discussing your disability in your application.
In this section, we address the following frequently asked questions:
Why does an employer want to know whether I have a disability or not?
Employers primarily want to know whether or not you have a disability so that they can provide you with the adjustments and support you require to demonstrate your full potential during the recruitment process.
What information should I share with an employer about my disability during the recruitment process?
Share information that will enable them to provide the support / adjustments that you require. Only tell them what is relevant and avoid using complicated medical terminology that they will not understand.
When should I inform an employer about my disability?
There are a number of opportunities for you to tell an employer that you have a disability or long-term health condition however the more notice you give an employer of your requirements, the easier it will be for them to accommodate them.
You can discuss your requirements at the beginning – prior to applying or on your application form, to ensure that the employer can provide what you need. Otherwise, you can choose to inform the recruitment team once you have been invited for an interview or an assessment centre.
Who can I contact about my application and disability?
Some organisations provide information on their website or MyPlus Students’ Club of who to call or email about diversity and disability issues. You should contact the graduate recruitment team by phone or email as soon as you are invited to an assessment, i.e. an interview or online test.
I need an adjustment but I don’t wish to tell them about my disability.
It is understandable that you may not wish to talk about the nature of your disability to your employers. However you must understand that it is difficult for an employer to provide what you need if you don’t tell them. Rather than discussing your disability, focus on the impact your condition has on your ability to undertake the role.
What happens to the information I provide?
On the application form you will be asked what adjustments you require. The recruitment team use this information to implement your adjustments. It is not passed on to anyone else without your permission. The information you provide on the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form is totally separate to the interview process. It is not viewed by anyone involved in recruitment.