Should I Disclose Moebius Syndrome During a Job Interview?
Contributed by Stephen Maldonado
This is a common question in the Moebius Community. Honestly, this is a very personal choice, and there may not be a clear cut answer. Therefore, instead of trying to answer this in a “yes” or “no” form, here are some reasons why someone might choose to disclose or not disclose.
Reasons You Might Choose to Disclose:
It Makes You Feel More Comfortable. You may choose to disclose if doing so makes you feel more comfortable in your interview. The “elephant in the room” can be brought to light and you can focus on highlighting your strengths and impressing the hiring manager.
You Think The Hiring Manager/Interviewer is Wondering. If you think the interviewer might be wondering about Moebius, you can take matters into your own hands and bring it up. It is recommended that you do this organically, and work it into a response to an interview question.
The Lack of Facial Expressions Needs to Be Addressed. A face to face interview relies on facial expressions and cues. While there are ways to adapt (i.e. voice inflection, hand gestures, humor, etc), you might want to disclose Moebius, so the interviewer does not misunderstand your lack of expression for boredom or rudeness.
Reasons You Might Choose Not to Disclose:
You Feel That Moebius is Personal. Moebius Syndrome is a personal thing to many of us. You might feel that Moebius is a personal part of your life, and you don’t have to disclose it to your employer.
You’re Qualified and Want to Focus on Your Merits. Have you gathered work experience? Furthered your education? Or feel that you have other strengths that you want to focus on? If you have this type of strategy, disclosing may not be for you.
he Timing is Not Right. Perhaps you want to secure the job, get to know your co-workers, and then find the right time to disclose Moebius. Don’t feel pressured to disclose in the initial interview.
These are just a few examples of why you may or may not choose to disclose Moebius Syndrome. Always remember to trust your instincts and do what is right for yourself.
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