Job interviews can be a stressful experience for anyone. The key to ensuring you succeed is to thoroughly prepare. The Careers with Disabilities interview guide provides disabled jobseekers with some handy tips to consider before your job interview.
Finding a job is a difficult process. So, if you have been invited to the interview stage then congratulations; this is a huge feat in its own right. Once the excitement subsides, this is the time to focus and prepare. Dealing with the anxiety of a looming interview can be a challenge. But preparing for the interview in as many ways as possible is an easy way to help relieve your anxiety and stress. Following our top interview tips will help make sure you can convince the hiring manager you’re the perfect candidate.
Disabled people may face additional challenges at a job interview. Employers are required by law to offer reasonable adjustments at all stages of the recruitment process, including the interview. If your disability creates a disadvantage, then you may choose to disclose your disability to the employer. This creates a great opportunity to ask for support and reasonable adjustments. For more information, visit our guide to your rights as a disabled person.
Prepare answers carefully
It is advisable to consider the types of questions your interviewer may ask and prepare how you would respond. However, it is important that you don’t come across as scripted. Try and bullet point some ideas you want to cover; focus on your skills, talents and experiences. By keeping your ideas in brief, this will enable more flexibility in the interview.
Practice non-verbal communication
Good non-verbal communication is a great way to demonstrate your confidence, engagement and positive attitude. Non-verbal communication includes making eye contact, connecting with a firm handshake and nodding to show attentiveness.
Stay on topic
It can be easy to ramble when you are under pressure and anxious. Try your best to stay focused and on topic. Providing long and irrelevant answers to your interviewer’s questions will not be received well.
Good listening skills is a key part of communication. Your interviewer will be able to pick up if you have been listening well throughout the interview. It can be difficult to stay focused when you are under pressure, so take a moment to breathe. Most interviewers are used to seeing candidates anxious and stressed; they should be supportive and understanding if you need to take a break.
First impressions count. Make sure you prepare your interview outfit in advance. It is always a good idea to research the company’s dress code policy beforehand. If in doubt, always wear something sharp and professional.
The chances are your interview will end with the opportunity to ask your own questions. This is a key part of your interview. By asking questions you will show you are keen, interested and engaged with the company and the role you are applying for. Some questions you may want to ask include:
- What does a typical day look like?
- Can you tell me a bit more about the team I would be working with?
- Will you be able to implement some reasonable adjustments to help me manage my disability at work?
- Are you aware of how the Access to Work scheme can provide funding for workplace alterations?
- Do you have an equality, diversity and inclusion policy in place?