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Interview nerves...

I am 21 weeks pregnant and I lost my job last week. I have an interview for tomorrow,  but I'm nervous about questions they are going to ask. I would rather not disclose I'm pregnant in my first interview, and I'm not showing much so I should be able to hide it with my clothing. I know they can't ask me if I am pregnant, but they can ask questions like if I know if I'm going to be needing time off which kind of makes me have to tell them. Do I have the option of not answering those questions? I feel as if I only have 2 options if those questions are brought up - tell them I'm pregnant or lie to them until I find out if I get the job. Both of which I'd rather not do until I have the job so I know it didn't influence their decision.

Has anyone experienced this,  knows what the laws are, or have suggestions?  


Thanks - from one worried mommy :-(
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8489354 tn?1405631362
They're not allowed to ask about pregnancy, but I suggest being honest. I had a job interview while pregnant and got the job even after telling them I was pregnant and was not planning to return. Many employers value honesty. I've personally never had someone ask about time off in the future at an interview. Keep in mind you'll need a job flexible enough for you to go to your appointments still.
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I was in the same situation last month, but I was about 18 weeks and showing. I didn't bring up being pregnant and they didn't ask any questions about needing time off. If I get the job, I plan on returning and would probably take 6 weeks off. My best advice would be to be honest...
10539683 tn?1419405517
I would also be honest because then you dont have to stress about telling them. Four years ago I hired a pregnant lady as her qualifications were perfect for the job. Good luck and be proud!
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I would not disclose- I was in the same position and disclosed at my second interview and my friend who works there stated that it was most likely the reason I didn't get the job even tho they can't legally state that. If you get the job for all they know you may have found out late that you are pregnant and need to request time off in the he future...I tried to be honest and it never worked in my favor
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