Job interview and disability: how to deal with it

Job interviews, we know, is a very stressful experience for everyone, since it’s full of expectations, hope… and a good dose of anxiety! But, when the candidate is a disabled person, another embarrassment sums up to the interview anxiety: “How are they dealing with my disability? Will I have to talk about it? If so, how and to what extent? Do I have to bring some documents about it?” and so on. So, let’s try to clarify.

DisabilitY: to talk or not to talk about it?

If you have applied and are being interviewed for is addressed to “protected categories” (I don’t know what you think, but I hate this expression: I’m not an endangered animal!), the interviewer obviously expects to meet a disabled person, so it’s normal that he asks something about your condition, to understand if it’s compatible with the tasks required by the specific position. There’s nothing strange or detrimental in that. On the contrary, it’s the right time for you to express particular needs, if any (for instance, if you’ll regularly need some days off for medical examinations or therapies, and, if so, you’ll have to request the permits as per the 104/92 law) or ask something more specific about the daily tasks you’ll be supposed to carry out. Don’t panic: you won’t have to give up your privacy, sharing too many details about your disease or medical history! You’ll only have to briefly explain if you won’t be able to carry out some tasks or, for instance, you’ll need specific tools or adjustments to your workstation.

which documents do you have to bring to the interview?

As I wrote earlier, you don’t need to bring with you all the documents detailing our medical history (thank God!). On the contrary, it can be useful to bring with you (in addition to your resume and other professional documents, if needed, of course!):

Anything else is redundant. Because, as it happens to whoever faces a job interview, at that time, the focus won’t be on your disability or medical history, but on your skills, background and ambitions.

Are you going to face a job interview in these days? Good luck and, while preparing for it, have a look at these tips from the recruiters from Jobmetoo!



Final report: what it is and how to get it

The final report is one of the documents needed to enrol in the disability hiring quotas. Established through the D.P.C.M. of January 13th 2000, this certificate doesn’t include sensitive data and it’s written by the ASL Integrated Medical Commission, who reports the functional diagnosis and suggests the tasks the disabled person is able to carry out.

Final report

Private businesses hiring people with disability don’t necessarily require the final report, but it’s useful to request for it, for any eventuality. The request procedure, today, is very simple:

  1. If you already have the INPS PIN, simply access the “Servizi online” area of the website and select Servizi per il cittadino and, then, Invalidità Civile: Invio Domanda di Riconoscimento dei Requisiti sanitari.
  2. After having inserted your fiscal code and INPS PIN, you access the area where you can submit your request, easily online, clicking on Acquisizione Richiesta.
  3. In the following screenshots, you have to add your personal data and, if your invalidity has been certified already and you just want to benefit from the facilitations as per the law regarding the disability hiring quotas, select Riconoscimento and Collocamento mirato, respectively.
  4. Once you’ve finished filling the request and submitted it to the system, you’ll see its copy and receipt, both in PDF format: it’s advisable to save those documents on your PC, in case of verifications or request for further information.
  5. Logging into the INPS website, furthermore, you’ll have the possibility to check the status of your request, plus any scheduled meeting and so on.
  6. After a few weeks, you’ll receive through registered mail the convocation for the two examinations needed to receive the final report: the first is an interview with a member of the medical commission, in order to know the person, his educational and professional background, his habits and lifestyle.
  7. Information collected during the interview will be useful to the medical commission to manage the next examination, when the final report will be written down. The applicant will receive it within 4 months since the examination.

Once you get your final report, you have to give a copy to your employer (if he hasn’t requested it already) and another one to the Employment Center, that will add it to your dossier.