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Job Interview Tips For Deaf People- 5 Key Prep Tips

Preparing for a job interview can be quite nerve-racking, as concerns with how your deafness will be viewed and if whether your access requirements will be met may cause you some anxiety. Keep reading below to learn about our 5 key tips for preparing for a job interview.

Watch Richard's BSL video below to learn more about our 5 key prep tips:

Tip 1: The Importance of Preparation

Preparing for a job interview is the first step to reducing your anxiety before the interview and it is also the most important.  Do some research on the company you are applying for, its values and the specifics of the role you’re applying for. The more prepared you are the less anxious you will be and in turn be more confident.

Tip 2:  Asking for Support/Access Requirements

If you require communication support during your interview, ask for it.  Requesting an interpreter before the interview and inform your interviewers on how they can best support you. Remember, you can apply for support from Access to Work to book an interpreter for the interview.

It is your right to have communication access, and you are entitled to an accessible interview. For more info on Access to Work, watch our video below:

Tip 3: Confidence is Key

Confidence is key to doing well in a job interview. Have belief in your skills, and remind yourself that you are a good fit for the role you are applying for. Going back to the first step, preparation, practise interview questions before the interview that you think they may ask.

Remember, you are not less suited to the role just because you are deaf and so have belief in your abilities!

Tip 4:  Educating Employers

It is important to educate potential employers about the misconceptions of being deafness. Unfortunately, some potential employers may have misconceptions around deaf people, but mind-sets can be changed.

Explain why you are a perfect fit for the role you are applying for and inform them of any technology that can assist you in doing it. Furthermore, emphasize the positives of being deaf and explain why it won’t limit you in the workplace.

Tip 5: Be Proud of being Deaf

It is important to remember that it is your experience and qualifications that make you suitable for the role.  Be proud of who you are, be proud of your achievements and let yourself shine. Key Take aways:

  • Preparation as much as possible- research the company and the role you are applying for.
  • Ask for assistance- you are entitled to communication access support.
  • Be proud of who you are- educate employers about the misconceptions of being deaf and show them why you are the perfect fit for the role- highlight your experience and achievements.

Employment Service

For more information or support relating to applying and preparing for jobs, please contact us:

  • Email- employment@bid.org.uk
  • Mobile- 0770253284

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Posted 2nd November 2021