Coming Out During the Interview Process

PRSA, Christina Stokes, June 2020

Let me be clear: You do not ever have to disclose your sexual orientation or gender identity at any point in the résumé submission, job application or interview process. If you choose to come out during your interviews, remember that there isn’t any one right way to go about it.

One thing I’d suggest is being clear about your preferred pronouns. Next, I have seen résumés where a person makes mention of the LGBTQ organization(s) that they are a member of or have volunteered with throughout college or their career. People sometimes casually mention their partner during the interview process. A candidate might simply state that part of their interest in the organization is due to the organization’s clear commitment to fostering diversity, specifically LGBTQ inclusion.

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By Julie Moore
Julie Moore Career Advisor