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I really find the medical questions intrusive.

They say it's to know if you have any conditions they need to accomodate but in fact to me it looks like a reason to avoid hiring you if you would cause too much "trouble."

In America, the baseline is that any disability you may have canNOT be an excuse for not hiring you, unless in cases of things like if you're blind you can't drive, obviously, and you have to be able to "lift 50 pounds regularly" if that's in your job description. But if you have a bad back or a heart condition, they can't turn you down from some desk job - they have to accomodate you.

I also find the requirement of disclosing what I would call psychological conditions very bad. Where is the right to privacy?

Of course, in the US if you had some kind of pre-existing medical condition your employer found out about, and it could raise their insurance premiums, they might try NOT to hire you, but keeping that an unknown is all part of the hiring process, that they must not ask about "underlying medical conditions" so as not to prejudice your application.

The thought that I might be turned down for a job because of having high blood pressure, and of having to disclose my prescription medications to my employer, which IN MY MIND is only between me and my doctor, really boils my blood.


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Aug. 4th, 2009 11:09 am (UTC)
You're not obliged to answer those questions, and they're not allowed to use them as part of the hiring process, other than to make allowances.
Aug. 4th, 2009 11:18 am (UTC)
No-one involved in hiring should see that form, and usually you can avoid completing the form until you're hired.

All the ones I've done I've said 'I have history of X/Y/Z, which is well controlled by medication.' Never even been asked about it.
Aug. 4th, 2009 11:46 am (UTC)
Weird. I've never been asked any such things here and wouldn't answer them even if I was.
Aug. 4th, 2009 08:47 pm (UTC)
After a while in some hideous places, I was once given a job with the Guardian Media Group's radio division. I filled out the health questionnaire - and hey, it's the media - so I thought I'd mention that I was just coming out of a depressive phase.

Within the next day, I was asked to meet the HR Director in Leeds - even though I was 3 hours west. I met her, and it took a lot of convincing her that I was not, in fact, a homicidal maniac. Of course, it was all couched in terms of "we're a family company etc., and we like to look after our employees".

Of course, I started work there, failed to make any headway in terms of being part of the family - because families tend to make an instant decision as to whether you fit in or not - and was out on my ear in six months. Lucky I'd 'snapped' out of the depression by then otherwise...

So the next time I fill in a health questionnaire, I lie. Simple.

Edited at 2009-08-04 08:49 pm (UTC)
Aug. 10th, 2009 08:59 pm (UTC)
I was once asked, during a job interview, if I was married. To which I replied, no, why, are you looking? Fortunately we both saw the funny side.
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