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Should I disclose social anxiety at a job interview?

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123sam321

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Hi all,

I'm 27 and suffer with social anxiety, that only seems to be getting worse with age. I'm working full time at the moment, but looking for a new job, hopefully an accounts / finance role. I'm lòoking to leave because our office size has just quadrupled due to an office merge, and I just cannot cope with the new numbers.

My question is, should I mention social anxiety at interviews to potential employers?

My hope is that they will empathise with me, and understand some of my short comings. I never have disclosed this before and often end up getting encouraged into situations that often trigger SA - usually because my employer has had my best interests in mind, not understanding my struggles.

I am undecided about this, as I'm worried I will be overlooked for a candidate who doesn't appear to be such gamble. However, on the other hand, if I'm going to get another job that triggers SA, I will be jumping out of the frying pan and into the fire. If I am going to be discriminated against, then would it still be better to keep disclosing it until I find an employer who does understand and can accommodate it for me? Rather than potentially getting a job quick and end up stuck in a similar or worse situation?

Any thoughts would be appreciated.

Many thanks,
 
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anxiousbee

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There are definitely pros and cons, but I think you should mention your social anxiety and explain it to them the best you can. Maybe ask them questions about the things you're worried about too. Unfortunately there are a lot of people who don't take social anxiety seriously, but you should still be honest because your mental health is important
 
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i personally would not the majority of employers will look at you as a liability its best to get the job then tell them eventually if they wrongfully sack you have rights based on some kind of act depending where you live
 
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I would absolutely under no circumstances disclose this information. It will almost certainly go against you, and you won't get the job.
 
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I would absolutely under no circumstances disclose this information. It will almost certainly go against you, and you won't get the job.
Agree with hicks
 
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Your mental health is yours and not for sharing at a job interview.
If they ask the question "what do you consider your weaknesses" you could then say that you are shy in social situations but I use this quality to my advantage in working situations by being focused and driven to get tasks completed.

If you tell them about your social anxiety and use the words social anxiety then they could assume the complete extreme end of the conditions and the interview would not be fair.
 
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I disclosed I had a mental health condition when I applying for my current role. In the interview they asked me to specify what it was, but I said I do not have to according to the law.

It has worked out for me so far lass.
 
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I've never personally disclosed this information during job interviews, however I have let it be known after getting the job that I have anxiety etc. People can be very hasty when it comes to hiring employees, even down to the person's name on the CV, so I would personally keep this information to yourself unless you genuinely feel it's necessary to bring up. However, every interview is different and every job is different, so you do whatever you feel is right. Best of luck to you xx
 
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Like others have said, I agree, dont tell them.
It shouldnt matter anyway, thats my view. Were paid to do a job not take part in personality contests. Unless of course you were applying for daytime tv host.
If you get the job and you know that your SA may be evident, nothing wrong with you saying after a while that youre a shy type or an introvert. Cant sack you for that! but they could make an issue of SA as it is linked to health not just personality.
 
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I find the whole interview process to be a catalogue of lies, on both sides anyway. But why give them ammunition to make a negative judgement? As far as they're concerned, you're Superman!!
 
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Wake Me Up

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There were 2 times that I told employers that I have depression and GAD. I was hired by one and I noticed quickly how much nicer the other employees were treated. Meanwhile the other co-managers bullied me in the work place. There was also an employee who I never met, who felt the need to harass me on the daily and made my work load 3 times longer than it should have been. Telling the store owner was the equivalent to telling a teacher about another student bullying you. I wish I never said anything, at the same time I'm glad that I now know what type of people are running it.
This was years ago, and I still hear about mental health stigma today. Even at "reputable" places that supposedly work with the disabled, still treat the disabled poorly.
My advice? Don't tell them. Look for a job that you'd like or one that'd be low stress. With any job there will be stress, I'm sorry and it sucks.
 
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Hello there,

Be honest and tell them the truth..
You will never know how you could be possibly treated by your potential employer unless you raise the issue!

I think there is also a lot of understanding around at the moment in regards to mental health issues in the workplace..

Big hugs xx
 
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It's fucking shit for everyone. I wouldn't tell them. But this strategy has gone against me before.
 
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