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I am interviewing for a new job. Should I reveal

I am interviewing for a new job. Should I reveal that I have a 20-month old at home? Or is it better to keep it to myself until after the process?

Fairygodboss member Madam Washington

  • Fairygodboss member

    Don't. Unfortunately, there is a lot of unconscious bias that resides within both women's and men's brains having to do with the validity of the claims of working moms versus working dads. In several studies, fathers have been seen to acquire positive bias when they reveal they are parents, whereas mothers are accorded negative bias. It sucks, but at least if you know this, you can keep from letting that affect your chances.

  • Fairygodboss member

    NO!! First of all your home life is nobody's business and it's illegal for an employer to ask. Second, if you divulge such information, visions of sick kids, daycare problems and other similar negatives will be running through the employer's head and s/he may subconsciously think of you as a less-than-desirable employee compared to a similar candidate who is childless. Sad, but true.

  • Fairygodboss member

    The business marketplace is changing in the United States. Focus on the job and your ability to do the job successfully. A man would not bring up children voluntarily only if he's asked, nor should you. Get through the interview first. You don't know what amazing benefits a company may have.

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