How Workers' Comp Beneficiaries Plan for a Job Interview

Individuals receiving workers' comp benefits in North Carolina should cooperate fully with vocational rehabilitation efforts. It is important that conduct at a job interview is not interpreted as an attempt to sabotage the worker's chances of returning to gainful employment.

The applicant should arrive early for the interview, arrive appropriately dressed, and present a positive demeanor to the person conducting the interview. Along with an upbeat attitude, the applicant should have an accurate and complete resume. This resume should fairly detail professional skills and experience and should not be exaggerated. There should never be any misstatements in your resume.

Applicants do not need to volunteer information about a work-related injury of any kind. Individuals who voluntarily make statements about prior work injuries might be interpreted as an attempt to sabotage the changes of getting hired. Of course, if the applicant is asked about prior injuries, the applicant must answer truthfully--both verbally and on any forms to which you are presented. Applicants should not make any misstatements of any kind during a job interview. (Understand that it is illegal for a potential employer to ask about injuries/medical needs/health conditions, just as they are not permitted to ask about marital status, gender, age, religion, and drinking habits, among other topics.)

At this interview, obtain the prospective employer’s skill requirements as well as the physical demands of the job. It would make no sense to apply for a job for which one was not qualified. For instance, if one cannot type and has no experience using a computer, it would be foolish to apply for a job which requires computer skills.

The applicant should get the interviewer’s signature on a job search page to prove attendance.

Generally, all of the steps a non-injured worker would take during a traditional job interview are the same as what an individual who has suffered a work injury would follow. The main differences are that the injured applicant should not voluntarily offer details about prior work injuries or illnesses and they should get the interviewer's signature as evidence of attending. Read more about our Guide to Returning to Work.