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For many individuals, telling a future employer that you have a disability or long-term health condition is one of the hardest parts of applying for a job and preparing for an interview. However, not informing them may seriously jeopardise your ability to demonstrate your talent and potential for the job. Even if you are successful in getting your dream role without being open about your disability without the support you require you may find every day a struggle.

Why Does An Employer Want To Know?

Employers primarily want to know whether or not you have a disability so that they can put the adjustments you require in place. They do this in order that you can demonstrate your ability during the recruitment process.

In the main body of the application form, you are likely to be asked: Please inform us if you have any specific requirements during the recruitment process. The information you provide here will be used to implement the adjustments and support you require.

This is separate to the equal opportunities form where you are asked more directly: do you consider yourself to have a disability? This information is used ...

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To demonstrate that you are the ideal candidate for the role you may need to be open about your disability.

Top Tips

Work out what you are going to share and why.

Only share what is relevant.

Know what you want as a result of sharing this information e.g. what adjustments you want.