"Is it expected for job candidates to disclose their status as a parent in the interview? I am currently in the final interviews with a job interview I'm very excited about and the part about my personal life has not come up organically. Should I try to find a way to slip it into the interview? Because if I get the job, I don't wanna look like I purposely concealed this aspect of my personal life, but it also feels strange to bring it up."
Most times, if you're a parent, it's gonna come through in your resumes, typically you'll see a pattern of someone who worked in big firms and then all of a sudden they're not any longer. But it's not something that you need to really put on your resume at all, I don't think. You don't need to have anything on your resume disclosing that you're a parent. They shouldn't even ask about it. And frankly, you shouldn't bring it up. And they will give you plenty of opportunity to bring it up and discuss it but people that are very smart will not bring that up and not talk about it. And then once you get an offer, you can certainly, if you need certain time to do things for your kids, or if you pick them up, and you can always bring it up that way. But I don't think... It's no one's business, honestly, when they're interviewing you.
And you certainly can bring it up, but in my opinion, any time you bring something like that up you just don't ever wanna give people information that you feel like they could use against you. And that's what it is. And most of the time, in my experience, law firms will not use that against you. I think they are much fairer than they used to be, even five years ago. I think they are extremely fair and they are accommodating. And many times, women actually, with kids, make much better employees. It's just, there's all sorts of reasons for that. But I wouldn't bring it up.