Question of Disclosure
This time it was a bit different - the Diabetes is new, blood clots are new and I know that I am not back to 100% yet from all that happened then I am at about 80% so I questioned myself what do I do? I spoke to my work, which is really handy because they deal with work safety and also labour relation and consumer protection so they know all the ins and outs of this and what I have to disclose etc. We went through the JDF for this new position and they said there is nothing listed there that you can not do, so you do not need to declare anything......they are an equal opportunity employer so therefore you will be fine.......so I ticked the 'no' box.
I sent of my application and was called less than a week later for an interview, but they said it would be a phone interview because they are so far away (I was hoping they would fly me up so I could spend the night with my family :-)). I did the phone interview and deep down I thought no I won't get the job because I have no self confidence and I had been warned that it would be extremely competitive and that if there was someone already up there they would likely take them, but I got a phone call a few days later telling me I had been selected for the position. I was over the moon and you still can't wipe the smile of my face, I get to be with my family again.
Since then I have been panicking and having self doubts - they have not met me face-to-face, they still have no idea that I am on elbow crutches.......
Will they freak and panic when I walk through the door on the first day?
Should I get in contact with them now and declare this?
Does it really matter, should it really matter?
The reason I am all uptight about it is that the HR department rang me up on Wednesday asking if they could email a copy of my contract so I could have a look over it before I arrive so if I have any questions I can let them know when I arrive. I am like sure no problem and then I thought I would ask about dress code etc as I would be working in a hospital was there a uniform or was I expected to wear certain colours?, etc. She said it is totally up to me there is a uniform but it is personal choice as long as you look neat and tidy and that you wear appropriate footwear everything is ok. She also said that because I will be working in the Finance Department in the Maintenance and Purchasing section I would be moving boxes etc so it is up to me. So I have been stressing about this - there is nothing in the JDF about moving boxes or any physical activity - I mean I can do all that, I do all that now I still move boxes etc. and I work for WorkSafe and they make sure I do things safely, but they know me, these people don't - so are those questions above relevant????
People here are saying no I don't need to say anything. If they needed someone who is physically capable they are an equal opportunity employer they know that they have to stipulate it in their JDF if there is anything that would prelude someone. My Dad works for the government and he has been on interview panels that have done phone interviews and he said if you think about weight - how is the person doing the interviewing know if the person weighs 190kgs or 54kgs - it should not matter.
Sorry for going on and on, but it is really bothering me......