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Hi, a month ago I attended a disciplinary hearing for gross misconduct at work, drinking alcohol at work and being unfit to work due to this. The outcome was that I was given a final written warning for 12 months. I worked in the NHS.


However I ressigned the day before the hearing due to being told I was going to be investigated AGAIN but this time for my bizarre behaviour, disruptiveness, sleeping in the office etc.. which all happened after I abruptly stopped my anti-depressants, my mood deteriorated, I was on sick leave prior to the alcohol hearing. So I ressigned, as I couldnt go through the stress and strain all over again.


I am now much better healthwise and have began therapy to sort out my dsyfunctional coping strategies etc.. I do still want to continue with my career, and I have interviews coming up in 3 days for the same kind of job I have been doing for the past 2 years. However I am going to have to tell them in the interview about my previous discplinary hearing, and alcohol problems will not go down too well (although sorted now) :(.


Therefore the reason I am posting is I would like some advice on how much I should disclose before or after an interview? This type of work is with vulnerable people, and although Im not a danger to anyone or myself, when they hear I was disciplined for alcohol abuse in March 2009, they are likely to use that as a big excuse to reject me?


What do I actually say at the interview? Please help asap.


Thank you.

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personally in one way or another i would make them aware before the interview, as this will be seen a positive attitude towards it, i wouldnt leave it to the interview and then add it in

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Drinking while working ? would you employ urself knowing ur past record, u was lucky to get away with a final written warning, most companies would have shown you the door, u were a danger to urself and most importantly to others around you in ur place of employ. As for ur new interview, it would be very important information for the employee to know of ur past during this process, finding out after hiring you, could and most likly would lead to dismissal, for with holding information about ur past health issues. Personnally i think the employer will run a mile, given the circumstances. But u have nothing to lose, by been honest. Glad u have now got on the road to recovery, maybe in time you might gain work, but if the issues are quite new, this might prevent you gaining employment to start with, untill you can show you are now in a fit and healthy state to preform any possible duties asked of you. you are still vunerable to urself and therefore still a risk to any possible new employer.

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So I should just give up and not attend any interviews?

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So I should just give up and not attend any interviews?


I hope you don't give up, Bubbly, however many rejections you get. If you really have recovered from your past problems, eventually someone will see that and give you a chance.


Obviously, you have to give the details of your past to any potential employers, as the other posters have said.


As well as filling in application forms and attending interviews etc, i would also concentrate on getting some evidence, from a professional, that you are free from past health problems. If the GP won't help, he is obliged to refer you to someone who can. The more evidence you can get to support your applications the better.


BAE :)

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