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I got recruited for an in house position...3 months pregnant. I know I am not guaranteed parental leave, what are the pros/cons of telling the interviewer about my condition?

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First- congratulations!!! A baby and a job recruitment! Exciting times! I have been on the other side of that table (interviewing a candidate who shared she was pregnant). From that side of the table, it’s better not to know too early in the process. I was nervous that if I did go with another candidate I could be accused of bias, or perhaps even be acting on some implicit bias. I wouldn’t share your status until it becomes material to the situation (e.g. you get a job offer and have to discuss start dates). At that point, when you share the news, you will learn a lot about the company’s culture based on their reaction. Good luck!

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I’d wait until you get an offer then negotiate leave into your offer. Also be prepared to explain your plan to have your work covered in your absence the best you can based on what you know about the company/team.

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I don’t see any pros. Cons are they can easily discriminate against you and say they went with another candidate because they had “better experience” etc. If you do well and get an offer, then it’s time to start talking. If they ask you point blank I would answer honestly, but I believe employers are not allowed to ask because of discrimination concerns.

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These answers have been incredibly helpful, thank you!

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Similar situation of looking to head in-house soon but my wife is due in April. Obviously every situation is different but I decided to put the in-house search on hold until I take my paternity leave at the firm (which is extensive btw).

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