Interviewing Tips for People With Disabilities

Use of simple language and well-structured sentences can assist the both the Interviewer and the person being Interviewed. The Interview process should be looked upon as a chance to display why a company is a good choice for employment.

  1. Avoid complicated words and ambiguous phrases and do not use baby language.
  2. Respect the interviewee and his/her ability to hold a conversation.
  3. Talk slowly and make sure your instructions are understandable. Repeat yourself if you have to, but don’t proceed until you are sure the interviewee has understood what you are trying to convey.
  4. Every few minutes, ask the interviewee to repeat your instructions and directions. Gently prompt him/her wherever necessary.
  5. Listen carefully to what the potential employee is saying and wait patiently until he/she finishes her sentences. Don’t try to rush them, since this will only feel disheartening and offensive.
  6. Be encouraging and give positive comments often and wherever possible.
  7. Lastly, always be kind and helpful.

The above are a few tips that an interviewer should consider in order to give a person a fair chance at an interview. Interviews can be a stressful ordeal for anyone regardless of ability. A few words of encouragement can go a long way while interviewing a person. He/she will feel more comfortable and will answer questions with confidence. If given a chance, a person with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities will often surprise with their empathy and capabilities.