Mentioning ADHD during a job interview?

I am a law student (UK) hoping to break into investment management or trading. My second year results were terrible because I had depression caused by undiagnosed ADHD. I am now doing well in my final year (Got a 2:1 for my first semester) but I'm afraid my 2nd year results might drag me down to a 2:2. If I am asked to explain my grades, should I mention it but spin it in a "obstacle I had to overcome" context? I don't intend to use it as an excuse, I would like to highlight how I had to rebuild my routine and most of my life from scratch etc. If this is a bad idea, are there other ways to explain bad grades? I have decent work experience (both in a law firm and hospitality) and packed extra-curriculars. 

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Mar 28, 2021 - 2:01pm

I don't think you should mention ADHD. I also have neurological issue, but don't feel that mentioning it is appropriate. 

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Mar 28, 2021 - 2:13pm

Just say grades affected by mitigating circumstances in the application form. You wouldn't say it in an interview "Hi my name is X and I got crap grades because of depression".

Apr 10, 2021 - 1:26pm

Rather than addressing it in a "obstacle I had to overcome" section, I personally approached it by working it into my resume, "Licenses and Qualifications: Series 63, Vyvance 60mg, Series 79, Adderal IR, SIE." So far it seems to that being very strait-forward about it in my applications was respected, both Moelis and Jefferies would not have put me through accelerated hiring processes if it weren't, both seemed to have a lot of pride in building a culture that would accommodate my disability during the accelerated hiring process. 

  • Analyst 1 in AM - Equities
Apr 10, 2021 - 1:48pm

I really don't see it as a true disability if you were smart enough to get into Moelis's hiring process you are cleary competent & capable. 

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  • Analyst 1 in AM - Equities
Apr 10, 2021 - 1:47pm

So many people in finance have it. But its also stigmatized and many people that don't have it see people with ADHD as lazy or dumber (even though that's not necessarily the case by any means). I would avoid mentioning it. 

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