Should You Come Out in an Interview?

 

For some, the most daunting part of the interview can be the actual interview. For others, it can be the question of whether to come out in the interview or not. It is true that coming out immediately in the interview can assure maximum honesty between potential worker and potential employee, leading to higher job satisfaction. However, the decision is ultimately based on your personal comfort level. Fortunately, there are some helpful ways to help you decide whether it is in your best interest or not to come out in an interview. Check them out below!

 

Perform Some Research

 

Before entering the job interview, do some research on the company and the state in which is operates.  What are your state’s regulation regarding discrimination in the workplace? What is the company’s personal commitment to diversity? Do they have a public statement about their efforts to promote acceptance and diversity in the workplace? Is diversity training included in the company’s standards? The answer to these questions may help you decide not only if you should come out in the interview, but also if you will be comfortable in the work environment.

 

Imply Through Your Resume

 

If you are not comfortable outright stating your sexual orientation, you may hint at it through your resume or when discussing causes you are passionate about. You can highlight your involvement in LGBTQ issues and your passion for cultural diversity in and out of the workplace.  By doing so, you can subtly acknowledge the fact that your are part of the LGBTQ community, allowing the potential employer to be aware of this.

 

Ask For Yourself

 

            If you are comfortable doing so, you may take the opportunity to personally act the company’s policy on sexual orientation or gender identity when they ask if you have any questions for them. This gives the company the opportunity to discuss their personal beliefs, instead of getting your information “through the grapevine”.

 

Be Confident

 

The last thing to keep in mind is confidence: confidence in not only your qualifications for the job, but confidence in the company seeking the best candidate, regardless of sexual orientation.  Head in to the interview confident that you deserve this job and let the rest happen as it may!

 

Written By: O. Greendyk