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When you go to a job interview, be yourself. Plan what you may be asked and what you will say. Only talk about disability if you want to.
Look at the company website.
Make sure you can say:
You will need to give examples that prove you have the relevant skills and experience. These includes things you’ve learned outside of work.
Have an example for each required skill on the job description. Include the:
Situation – a time and place when you did something or faced a challenge. This can be from when you were working, volunteering or another relevant event. Be specific. This could be something like a group project.
Task – what you were responsible for in that situation. Did you manage the group project or was it up to you to resolve that conflict with a colleague?
Action – what you did. Talk about what you were responsible for and how you dealt with the challenge. Focus on you, not what your team boss, or colleague did.
Result – the outcome. Talk about what you achieved and learned.
Follow the structure that you have in your CV. Begin with an overview of your highest qualification. Then run through the jobs or volunteering positions you’ve had so far. Give brief examples of the achievements and skills. Your interviewer will ask if they want to know more.
Pick 3 strengths that you think will get you the job. Give examples of how you have used them at work.
Working to improve your skills is a strength. Pick an area to highlight where you have done something to improve. You could talk about IT as a weakness, for example and what you did to improve your skills.
Never say “I don’t have any weaknesses” or "I work too hard".
Look at the job description again to find out what they’re looking for. Link this to your strengths and skills.
You could start by saying, “I have strong technical skills and I can build long-term customer relationships.” Then talk about something that you’ve done, and the benefit it brought to the business.
Round off your answer with something like, “Given the opportunity, I could bring this success to your company.”
Show ambition and that you want to make the most of every job you have. Link these back to the job you’re interviewing for.
Show that you know something about the company, and link their values to your goals. Never say "I just need a job."
Say something showing that you:
could do the job well
are committed to the work
are a good person to have in a team.
For example: "My boss has told me that I am the best designer he has ever had. He knows he can always rely on me, and he likes my sense of humour."
Prepare by researching how much someone with your skills gets paid. Don’t say a specific figure, you can negotiate later.
Prepare at least 5 questions about the company and role. Asking about a recent change in the employer's industry is a good place to start. Here are some examples:
If you’re interviewed by more than one person, pay attention to each of them. Be confident about what you know, but try not to seem arrogant. Try to stay calm and try not to fidget – arriving at the interview at least 20 minutes early will help. Remember to turn your phone off.
Listen to each question before answering. It’s OK to ask the interviewer to rephrase their question if you don’t understand.
Be positive about your old job and the one you’re applying for. Tell the truth and focus on what you can do.
You don’t have to “disclose” your condition or impairment in your job interview. You can always bring it up later, but talking about it could be the start of a conversation about getting the support your need.
More on talking about your impairment in an interview.
How you behave in an interview can make you look confident. It's as important as what you say. If you can’t do one of the things below, you could try to explain why in a confident and friendly way.
At the end of an interview, the interviewer will usually tell you when they will contact candidates with their decision. If they don’t, you can ask. If you don’t hear from them after this time, you can get in touch.
Talking about disability in interviews by Even Break
Disability discrimination resources for employers by ACAS
This discussion was created from comments split from: I’m Michelle, and I’m a Pre-Employment Advisor.
Growing up with unclear speech I used to filter friends according to whether they took the time to listen that bit more carefully to what I wanted to say.
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