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Stop Telling Women to Shut Up About Their Kids During Job Interviews

New research suggests that moms who tell the truth about having children are more likely to get hired.
Mother and baby girl (9-12 months) in pram on pedestrian crossing
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If you heed the wisdom of career experts on the Internet, talking about your kids during a job interview is a bad idea. It gives employers a reason to discriminate, especially against mothers who are presumed to have less than unlimited time to devote to their jobs (unlike, say, everyone else). In fact, to avoid breaking antidiscrimination laws, employers aren't supposed to ask perspective employees questions "involving marital status, number and/or ages of children or dependents, or names of spouses or children of the applicant," according to guidelines from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

But there's new evidence that keeping the kids out of the job interview is harming some of the most vulnerable women in the U.S. workforce.