Lauren Fowler has been working with CoAct as their Marketing Communications Specialist since 2017. She has previously worked across not-for-profit, publishing and retail sectors, but her real passion is advocating and writing content for diversity in the workplace and empowered employment.

Looking for work is a nerve-wracking experience no matter who you are, and interviews can be stressful at the best of times. But if you’re looking for work and are a person with disability, illness or injury, the prospect of answering those tricky interview questions can be downright terrifying. The good news is that there are certain questions that your interviewer is not allowed to ask you and questions that you’re not required to answer even if they DO ask.

5 questions you shouldn’t be asked in a job interview

1. Do you have an injury, disability or illness?
During your interview all questions should relate to the requirements of the job you’re applying for. You should never feel any kind of pressure to give information about your illness, injury, disability or physical impairment. The only time you’re required to disclose details is if it might impact your ability to do the job safely.

2. How did you get injured/how did you get your disability?
You are never required to discuss how you got your injury or disability. Not through the interview process, not after you’ve been hired, not even after you’ve been working for an employer for ten years. This type of questioning is insensitive and invasive and if you get asked it in your interview you don’t have to answer.

3. Do you have a lot of doctor’s appointments?
How often you’re required to see your doctor is not something you need to discuss with your prospective employers. At the interview they can ask you questions about your ability to complete specific work-related tasks, but personal questions about your disability or injury are off limits.

4. Do you take a lot of sick days?
Your interviewer must only ask questions about your injury, illness or disability if they relate directly to the job at hand. It is against the law for personal information about your disability to be used to discriminate against you.

5. Have you ever made a worker’s compensation claim?
Your interviewer can outline the specifics of the job you’re applying for and ask you questions related to whether or not you can do the job. They can, for example, describe a job-related task that requires you to do heavy lifting and ask whether you’re able to complete a task like that without compromising your health, questions outside that scope are not allowed.

Do you want to know more?

Have more questions about the types of questions you can expect in an interview, or need some help getting interview ready? Teaming up with an organisation that specialises in helping job seekers with a disability is a great way to get additional support through your job seeker journey. A trusted disability employment services provider like CoAct will be able to help you with all aspects of your job search and can even liaise with employers on your behalf to ensure you’re taken care of once you’re hired.

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