Should You Come Out During an Interview?

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Should You Come Out During an Interview? was originally published on DiversityJobs.

Deciding whether to disclose your LGBTQIA+ status to a potential employer

Whether or not to reveal one’s sexual orientation or gender identity during a job interview can be difficult for anybody in the LGBTQIA+ community. There are some things to consider, but it is ultimately your choice to share this information.

Remember that you are perfectly within your rights to maintain the confidentiality of your sexual orientation or gender identity if you so choose. Coming out at an interview is optional but can provide light on whether or not your values and those of the organization are a good match for you.

Do a little research on the company you plan on interviewing with to determine if their ideals align with yours. If the interviewer gives you a positive reaction, that could be a good sign that the organization promotes inclusivity of people who identify as LGBTQIA+. You will be in a place where you can be your authentic self.

Being open about your sexual orientation throughout the interview process might help you feel more at ease once you start working. Living in constant dread of prejudice or the need to conceal your true identity is stressful and counterproductive. By being open about your identity from the beginning, you can start your employment on the right foot and build a positive relationship with your employer from the outset.

However, you should know that not all companies welcome and support the LGBTQIA+ community. Discrimination and bias still exist in many workplaces, so coming out during an interview can feel risky. You may also encounter an interviewer with little or no experience working with LGBTQIA+ individuals who may struggle to respond appropriately to your questions or concerns.

Ultimately, it’s up to you to decide, based on your specific situation, whether or not to disclose your sexual orientation or gender identity during a job interview. Weighing the potential risks and benefits is essential, but remember that you are a valuable candidate regardless of your sexual orientation or gender identity. Your skills and qualifications should be the focus of the interview.

If you do decide to come out during an interview, it’s important to approach the topic professionally and confidently. Be clear and concise about your identity and what it means to you, and be prepared to answer any questions that may come up. Keep in mind that you are a unique and valuable individual who deserves to be treated with dignity and respect.

Your safety and well-being should always be at the forefront of your choice. Many supportive communities and resources are available, including the Human Rights CampaignThe Trevor Project, and PFLAG. Remember, you’re not alone, and you have many people who understand and want to support you.

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