Frequent question: Should you tell a prospective employer you had cancer?

When do you disclose cancer to prospective employer?

You are not legally obligated to disclose a cancer diagnosis at any point in the hiring process (or once you are employed for that matter), so the decision is more about what is important to you.

Should I mention cancer in interview?

The most important thing to remember is that your confidentiality is essential. If you don’t want to mention that you’re a cancer survivor either on your resume or in person, then you don’t have to. Your diagnosis is nobody’s business, but your own.

What happens to my job if I get cancer?

Having cancer does not necessarily mean you will stop working. You might take time off for appointments, treatments, or extra rest. You might work as much as possible or take a leave of absence and return later. There are benefits to working even when you have cancer.

Is it OK to tell interviewer you are nervous?

Confidence is a big part of preparedness, and the role you’re interviewing for will most likely require you to be decisive and confident so you can get things done. So don’t say you’re nervous — it will probably make you more nervous, and it won’t do you any favors with your interviewer, either.

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What you should not say in an interview?

Things you should never say in a job interview

  • Negativity about a previous employer or job.
  • “I don’t know.”
  • Discussions about benefits, vacation and pay.
  • “It’s on my resume.”
  • Unprofessional language.
  • “I don’t have any questions.”
  • Asking what the company does.
  • Overly prepared answers or cliches.

Is it okay to talk about personal life in interview?

It’s always okay to provide information about your personal life when the interviewer or recruiter asks you about it. Feel free to talk about your family and two dogs, but be careful not to overdo it. They may be asking to make you more comfortable in the interview process.

Can I lose my job if I have cancer?

You have the right to request up to 12 weeks off for medical reasons related to your cancer battle without losing your job. The California Family Rights Act (CFRA) also gives your family members the right to request medical leave.

Can I be fired if I have cancer?

When you apply for a job, employers can’t require you to say if you are disabled. They also can’t ask about the type or how severe a disability you have. Employers may not ask you if you have or have ever had cancer.

Do I have to tell my work I have cancer?

You don’t have to tell your employer about your cancer but there can be big advantages to being open with them – like getting the proper support you need. Once they are aware of your condition, they have a duty to help you continue with work – or take time away if you need to.

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