In the comments section of our newest "How can we help you?" post, a couple of readers asked questions about the 'Two Ticks" policy in the UK, which evidently requires institutions "to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum essential criteria for a job vacancy and consider them on their abilities." Amanda wrote:
So I am applying for a job in the UK and would really appreciate feedback as I am super conflicted about this. So I have a disability, but usually lie or give no answer when asked this on the job application. So someone on this site mentioned that the Uk guarantees an interview if you have a disability. This time around, I said yes on the application, and sure enough they informed me that I would be guaranteed an interview and asked if I wanted to proceed. I am very conflicted about this. It is not so much that I am against affirmative action, but this seems a pretty extreme version of it. In addition, I don't want to go through an interview when they are just interviewing me to comply with the rules. Also, if I would get an interview anyway I would rather they not know about the disability. What does everyone think of this? I have not turned in the application yet, but I only have a few days. Feedback is much appreciated!
Similarly, 'Stuck PhD' wrote:
The Two Ticks scheme in UK job applications is also of interest to me. I have a rather serious and sometimes-disabling autoimmune disorder, but I've always figured that an obligatory interview is a waste of my time and the interviewers'.
Does anybody (most likely, I suppose, a person who's been offered a job) know of a case where a disability-guaranteed interview has resulted in a job offer?
As this is a policy I was not familiar with until now, I think it might be best to have an open discussion of Amanda's and Stuck's queries: Should Amanda feel conflicted ('really' doesn't think so!)? Does the Two Ticks policy work (i.e. does it benefit candidates with disabilities)? Also, given the very broad definition of disability provided, who should avail themselves of the policy? (An example: I've never given a second-thought to declaring a disability myself, despite having a very serious sleep disorder and some other conditions that, before they were well-treated, did seriously compromise my ability to carry out day-to-day tasks).