Hi, I have a job interview next week, and I don't know whether to mention that I have Aspergers or not, would you? it's not something I like to mention but I feel I should mention it because I don't want any misunderstandings between myself and the staff, as with my last job, which I recently got sacked from because of my "erratic " behavior and " attitude". I never told them about my Asperger's when I started working there.
It's up to you - but I always mention it, and I think it's good policy to mention it. There's always the fear, of course, that they might discriminate. But some employers are actually more on the ball, and will value the qualities that often go with the condition: reliability, honesty, an eye for detail, a conscientious attitude... and, quite often, a disinterest in the usual workplace gossip! You could always discuss how it affects you, too, to set their mind at rest in case.
If you don't mention it, you always run the risk that they may find out some way down the line and challenge you on it. They could fire you, if they were of a mind, for not disclosing it. The risk is higher, of course, if something happens - you have problems with some area of the work, for instance - and they want to know why. Too late then to ask for 'reasonable adjustments'.
Good luck with the interview. What job is it that you're going for?
I agree with Martian Tom, Its Probably best you mention it, however I can relate to your reticence, If you don't want to disclose maybe say what you find difficult?.e.g being surrounded by noise, lunchtime small talk, smells lights, unexpected interruptions...
Hi Martian tom, thanks for your reply, I found it very helpful, the job is a community Support worker, I prefer community work because I love to support & help people, but its mostly lone working, so I don't have the contact/ deal with staff.
I take it that's with elderly/disabled. I've worked in special needs care for 14 years now. I got my diagnosis 4 years ago. I've never had a problem getting jobs in the sector and I've always mentioned my condition. I went for one community care job and mentioned it and the woman interviewing me just shrugged and carried on!
Good luck with it. The sector is always desperately short of good staff.
I mentioned my autistic traits at an interview over two weeks ago. I haven't had a peep from them, either by phone, email or letter.
And their was a job working with autistic adults.
Really? I wonder if they'd give you any feedback if you rang up. There could have been all sorts of reasons. I know when I mentioned it in my interview at the autism trust, they thought it was a positive - which isn't to say that everywhere would think the same. That's pretty poor if they've simply not bothered to get in touch with you. They should let you know one way or the other.
Even though it's against the law for employers to discriminate, some still do anyway. I would say wait until you get the job and then let them know, the if you are a good worker they have no reason to dismiss you. Just try and appear confident, and good luck!
I think you still have to be careful, because they can always say that you knew about this at interview and didn't disclose it. I actually got my diagnosis when I was in a job. I went to my line manager and told her I'd just got it (I'd only been there a couple of months) and she said 'Why didn't you say that you'd gone for a diagnosis when we interviewed you?' I told some story about how I'd not expected to get the diagnosis, so forgot about it. She was okay with it - but it made me feel bad because technically I'd misled her.
Here's some info from the NAS:
It’s often hard to understand the benefits and drawbacks of disclosing at work or when applying for work. You may be thinking about whether your employer and colleagues will understand and react to your disclosure in a positive way. The benefits of disclosing:
The risks of disclosing:
To help you decide, try drawing up a list of benefits and drawbacks, ask a friend, colleague or adviser to help. List your strengths and potential difficulties. Identify what adjustments could be made and discuss these with your employer, you could also let them know what you do and don’t want your colleagues to know.
...and you might find this useful:
Top 5 Tips for Disclosing your Diagnosis to Employers
I will drop them an email. And keep you informed.
Although my impression of them was not that good.
They seemed a bit shabby and definitely working to tight budgets and a step down from my previous employer.
Yeah, that's definitely a drawback. I've experienced it myself. I didn't even get the job interview because I put my disabilities on the application form and I got denied a job. I knew someone who applied for the same job 10 times and on the tenth time he didn't disclose it he got the job.