I am applying for an assistant professor position at a university in the UK. This is a very competitive position and my chances of getting it are quite small. I can however be guarantied an interview (if I meet 'the minimum essential criteria') because the university takes part in the 'Disability Confident Scheme' and I am diabetic (type 1). I believe that I will meet these criteria, but expect that there will be many applicants with a stronger resume than mine. I am afraid that if I tick the 'Disability Confident Scheme' box, I will get an interview, but will not actually be considered for the job. Is that a risk or is the employer free to interpret 'minimum essential criteria' loosely?
I am quite happy to disclose my 'disability' if it helps me get the job, but I do not want an empty interview. I don't really understand this 'Disability Confident Scheme'. What does it imply to opt out?
For more context: I live in Germany and going to the interview will be expensive and time-consuming. I don't want to go there unless I actually have a chance of getting the job.