Disability Disclosure Effects on Employment Interview Ratings of Applicants With Nonvisible Disabilities

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Abstract

Objective

To investigate the effects of timing of verbal disclosure of a disability on employment interview ratings of applicants with nonvisible disabilities.

Study Design

Participants (56 college students) viewed 2 videotaped employment interviews: 1 involving an applicant who disclosed a nonvisible disability (transverse myelitis), either early or late in the interview, and 1 with an applicant who did not disclose a disability.

Outcome Measures

Qualifications/hiring, liking, and comfort with disability disclosure scales.

Results

Applicants with nonvisible disabilities who chose to disclosure their disability were rated as more qualified and likeable when disclosing early in an interview.

Conclusion

Individuals who wish to disclose an externally caused nonvisible disability (similar to transverse myelitis) should consider doing so early in an interview rather than at the end.

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