Pregnant and Job Hunting?

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After getting a call for a job I had applied for last spring, I hurried to my closet to pick out an outfit.

Of course, I wanted to present a professional and polished appearance, but I also had one other mission in mind:

Deciding if I should hide my baby bump

I know, I know, pregnancy discrimination is illegal and Marissa Mayer landed her gig at five months pregnant, but still, what girl wouldn’t wonder, just a little bit, if her pregnancy would be seen as a deterrent to employment? 

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If you are visibly pregnant, then of course you know the potential employer might consider, even if he or she legally shouldn’t, the prospect of maternity leave and benefits in the decision-making process. 

When it came time for my job interview, I chose to camouflage my bump as much as possible and when no one asked me if I was expecting, I didn’t volunteer the information. In the end, however, I know it was pretty obvious that I was pregnant and when I didn’t get the job, part of me did wonder if the pregnancy had anything to do with the fact that I wasn’t chosen for the job. 

So what’s the best way to handle the issue of pregnancy in a job interview?

Well, according to an article on CBS’s Money Watch, there isn’t one hard and fast rule when it comes to disclosing pregnancy in a job interview. Experts, however, did reveal a few tips:

1.     Don’t bring up your pregnancy right off the bat. Mentioning the pregnancy first thing, even if it is pretty obvious, turns the focus from your dedication to the job.

2.     Don’t be afraid to ask about leave and benefits. Do so however, after you are offered the job.

3.     Offer a solution. If you can, prepare to discuss some of the ways that you anticipate your maternity leave. Although you don’t necessarily have to jump-start the conversation, bringing some preparation to the table can help you show that you are ready and willing to work.

4.     You have nothing to hide. I love what Fortune 500 executive coach Shannon Cassidy said in this article about pregnancy during a job interview.  “It's a temporary leave of absence,” she said. “And [it] should not interfere with [your] ability to perform the role.”

Amen to that.

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Do you have any tips for handling a job interview if you are pregnant?

Image via iStock/Catherine Yuelet

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Pregnant and Job Hunting?

Chaunie Brusie is a writer, mom of four, and founder of The Stay Strong Mom, a community + gift box service for moms after loss. ... More

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5 comments

  1. ive been on plenty of interviews while pregnant. i finally just quit sharing the fact even though it wasnt until 2nd interviews. im looking in the medical field and it just makes it that much worse

  2. rukunitl says:

    I have gone on a couple of job interviews while pregnant, however I wish that I would have read this article prior to the interview. I am still in the process of looking for a job outside of home. At the moment I am working from home, until I find my full time job.

  3. I too have decided to put off the job hunt while I’m pregnant. Too much work waddling around just to be denied.

  4. Melissa says:

    I had this same problem. However I decided not to go out and look for a job because of the fact that I was pregnant. I know they say they can’t discriminate against pregnant women, but the thought is always in the back in your mind. For me… I couldn’t stop thinking that if I was asked to go in for an interview no matter how qualified I was for the job, all the employer was going to be able to look at was my belly. I wish I could have read this article before, maybe it could have given that extra little boost of confidence to go through with it.

  5. Cecilia says:

    I got fired from my job when i was 5 months pregnant from my 4 yr old. So from my 3 yr old i quit my job when i was 3 months pregnant. I love working but unfortunately i didnt get a job when i was searching for over a year. I am now 5 1/2 months pregnant & getting emails about job oportunities but i no i wont get hired with my lil belly.

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