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Job Interview - signed off ill - tell or not?

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rosenylund Fri 13-Jan-17 08:43:35

Posting for traffic.

Job interview today (eek). I'm in my fourth month of being signed off with stress/depression in relation to my current job.

Would you mention this in the interview unprompted, or wait to see if offered the job? My sister feels I should bring it up myself. I feel I should wait and see if offered a role. As a manager myself, I've only had this come up once whilst interviewing - I just told the person not to worry about it for now, and forgot about it until I offered them the job and their ref. came through.

Any thoughts?

KayTee87 Fri 13-Jan-17 08:45:09

I don't see why to bring it up yourself, I would only tell them if asked. I assume you think you'll be fine once you start a new job though and won't need more time off?

rosenylund Fri 13-Jan-17 08:47:37

Hi Kaytee - yes, I'm loads better, I want a new start desperately. I don't expect any more sick notes after this one runs out and have already decided not to go back to my current job.

Sassypants82 Fri 13-Jan-17 08:52:10

I would absolutely not say anything. It's actually not relevant to the new role once you're satisfied that you'll be well enough to start it should you be successful.

rosenylund Fri 13-Jan-17 08:55:19

Thanks both, just found this in the Guardian which agrees too

blueteapot Fri 13-Jan-17 08:56:28

This is my exact situation. Job interview this morning. In my 4th month off with depression. Have already decided to leave current role. I wont be saying unless directly asked - I feel fit enough to do this job and thats what matters

KayTee87 Fri 13-Jan-17 09:01:37

Glad you're getting better and good luck today!

rosenylund Fri 13-Jan-17 09:02:38


uncoolnn Fri 13-Jan-17 09:03:57

Good luck and glad you're feeling better!

Dulra Fri 13-Jan-17 09:04:04

You are not required to mention it and your previous employer should not put it in a reference. Best of luck with the interview

5OBalesofHay Fri 13-Jan-17 09:09:56

They will ask about attendance when seeking references so you will need to disclose but I would wait till you have the job offer if you can

rosenylund Fri 13-Jan-17 09:13:26

Blueteapot - good luck to you! Hope it goes well.

I've got do a bloody presentation which I'm dreading; am glad not to have woken up to snow here.

I've already had an issue where I didn't get an interview, possibly because I declared my depression on an application form, so was generally feeling nervous about the whole thing.

Piffpaffpoff Fri 13-Jan-17 09:20:49

I have PMd you as I was in a similar situation. Good luck today!

Sassypants82 Fri 13-Jan-17 09:25:18

Best of luck!!!

flumpybear Fri 13-Jan-17 09:27:21

Good luck!!! I wouldn't bother telling them, it's transient stress which will go when you get a new job - I was off with stress two years ago- I've been fine since flowers

Dulra Fri 13-Jan-17 09:28:29

5OBalesofHay I really don't think an employer can discuss an employees long-term sickness on a reference due to confidentiality, they can talk about their general attendance when they weren't on long-term sick but that's all. I could be wrong though hmm

TweedleDee3TweedleDum Fri 13-Jan-17 09:30:08

It isn't relevant, unless they offer you the job and you cannot begin on the start date because of this.

Good luck with your interview. flowers

GreenTureen Fri 13-Jan-17 09:31:44

Tbph, if I was interviewing and the interviewee dropped in that they were off sick from their current role and had been for four months, that would pretty much kill any chance of me employing I suspect would be the case for many employers.

I wouldn't mention it.

Bantanddec Fri 13-Jan-17 09:32:38

You shouldn't mention it, unless of course you're using your current employer as a reference. I've done several references for colleagues all had a question about sickness, where I've had to give dates of sickness but not reason for sickness.

SheldonCRules Fri 13-Jan-17 10:11:05

If your current employer has to give a reference I'd mention it. It's a lot of time off and most employers will ask for sickness absence days (not reasons).

If it comes up after they may feel you weren't truthful and not the kind of employee they were looking for.

DailyFail1 Fri 13-Jan-17 11:11:44

Stress related depression is usually not specific to a certain kind of environment (in reality). Remove it and you will still feel depressed, which is why you really shouldn't apply for jobs while still signed off. When you're ready to return to your existing job, see how you feel, and then apply if you still want to.

Bluntness100 Fri 13-Jan-17 11:13:28

I agree don't mention it, if I was interviewing and someone told me this, I wouldn't employ them, sorry,

Good luck today, but don't say anything.

Bluntness100 Fri 13-Jan-17 11:14:47

Actually, on saying that, will they ask for references? I'd still not say anything but be aware if you need to provide a reference your current employer may mention it.

ChilliMum Fri 13-Jan-17 11:20:16

Don't mention it but prepare something short and consise eg "I have been off for 4 months but am fit and ready to get back to work" incase you are asked.

I once was asked in interview totally unexpected something along the lines of "when we request references we will ask about attendance will this be a problem?" And I launched into an embarrassing tale of miscarriages and stress related illness the whole time wondering why my mouth was still moving as the panel looked more and more uncomfortable! I still cringe at the memory blush

TweedleDee3TweedleDum Fri 13-Jan-17 18:55:52

How did you get on, op?

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