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									                 Links                                   For information or individual counseling    Job Interviewing Strategies
General Information                                      contact:
     UNC-P Disability Support Services                                                                 for College Students
      http://www.uncp.edu/dss/                                        Career Services                     with Disabilities
     UNC-P Career Services                                      Chavis University Center
      http://www.uncp.edu/cs/
                                                             Career Services Center, Room 210
     Job Accommodation Network
      http://janweb.icdi.wvu.edu/                                      P 0 Box 1510
     AHEAD                                                     Pembroke, NC 28372-1510
      http://www.ahead.org                                     Phone/Voice: (910) 521-6270
     President’s Committee on Employment and                       Fax: (910) 521-6166
      Persons with Disabilities                                        cs@uncp.edu
      http://www50.pcepd.gov/pcepd/
     Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking and
      Technology (DO-IT)                                        Disability Support Services
      http://www.washington.edu/                                       PO Box 1510
      doit/Brochures/Careers/future.html                         Pembroke, NC 28372-1510
                                                                Phone/Voice: (910) 521-6695
Career Information                                                 Fax: (910) 521- 6891
                                                                   TTY: (910) 521-6490
     The National Business and Disability Council
       http://www.business-disability.com
                                                                      dss@uncp.edu
     Entry Point!, American Association for the
      Advancement of Science (AAAS)
      http://www.entrypoint.org/                          Appointments for career counseling may
     Workforce Recruitment Program                       be scheduled during regular office hours
      http://www.wrpjobs.com/                                 Monday through Thursday. No
     Rehabilitative Services Administration (RSA)
      http://www.ed.gov/offices/OSERS/RSA
                                                                  appointments on Friday.
     Careers and the Disabled Magazine
      http://www.eop.com/cd.html
     Disabilities Resources Monthly                                  Office Hours:
      http://www.disabilityresources.org/                         Monday through Friday
     National Bureau for Students with Disabilities               8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
      http://www.skill.org.uk/

                                                              This publication is available in
                                                             alternative formats upon request.
                                                             Please contact Disability Support
                                                               Services, DF Lowry Building,
                                                                          521-6695.
      Beginning the Interviewing Process                              Job Interviewing Tips                                  Job Interviewing Considerations

Preparation Before the Interview                          Things to Do                                             Should I Disclose My Disability

      Know your skills                                        Rehearse before the interview day                             When to disclose your disability is a
      Do a self-assessment                                    Check your appearance. Dress the part                           personal decision that has to be made.
      Find out about the company                              Arrive alone and early, so you're relaxed                     Resume: Often, your disability is reflected
      Anticipate questions/review possible answers            Smile warmly, give a firm hand shake, and                      in your work history, education, and life
                                                                maintain eye contact                                           experience. Stress your adaptability.
Research the Company or Organization                           Bring an extra original copy of your resume                   Cover Letter: Don’t start the letter with
                                                               Provide factual information related to your                    details about a disability. Follow a format
      Contact and request a brochure or catalog to             ability to do the job that does not use                        mentioning strengths and limitations.
       learn about policies, products, and programs             complicated medical terminology.                              Call for an Interview: The best time to
      Contact people at the company                           Have a list of references ready                                disclose a visible disability is during the
      Look up the duties of the position                      Take control of the disability issue                           employer telephone call for an interview.
                                                                                                                             Application Form: You aren’t required to
      Check out the building                                   Keep interview focused on your qualifications
                                                               Know the type of job accommodations you need                   discuss your disability. You may not have
                                                               Know what questions to ask                                     enough room to describe accommodations.
Possible Questions Employers May Ask
                                                               Demonstrate how your disability has not limited               During the Interview: Experts suggest
                                                                                                                               disclosing a visible disability before the
      What are your strengths?                                 your work performance
                                                                                                                               interview to avoid surprising the employer.
      Are you a team player?                                                                                                 After a Job Offer: Many people prefer to
                                                          Things Not to Do
      Tell me about yourself.                                                                                                 disclose their disability after they have
      Tell me how you would define this job.
                                                               Don't apologize for your disability
                                                                                                                               received a job offer based on their skills.
      Why should I hire you?                                                                                                 After Starting a Job: If the disability does
                                                               Don't chew gum or smoke
      Does your disability interfere with your                Don't wear strong perfumes or colognes
                                                                                                                               not affect initial work, then you may want
       attendance?                                                                                                             to disclose your disability after being hired
                                                               Don't experiment with a new hairstyle                          because you have proven your skills.
      What happens if you are injured on the job?             Don't address an interviewer by first name
                                                               Don't crack your knuckles or play with your        Legal Considerations
Consider Informational Interviewing                             pen, hair, or eyeglasses
                                                               Don't try to control the interview
                                                                                                                           Be aware of your rights under Americans
       Best source of information is someone who is            Don’t focus on your health during the interview              with Disabilities Act (ADA).
       actually in that job and can answer questions.
      These types of interviews are usually arranged                                                                       ADA requires that an employer provide
                                                                         After the Interview                                 reasonable accommodations that will allow
       through networking contacts.
      Important to make it clear up front that you are                                                                      a qualified applicant with a disability to
       only hoping to come away with information.
                                                          Follow-Up Strategies                                               perform essential functions of the position.
      Never ask: “Will you hire me?”                                                                                       Employers are not required to make an
                                                               Write a follow-up letter                                     accommodation if it causes undue hardship.
      Ask, “What duties are essential to this
                                                               Call and thank the interviewer for the interview     
       position?”                                                                                                            Inquiries about a disability may not be
                                                               Contact references before the interviewer does
      Ask, “What skills are employers looking for?”                                                                         made prior to a job offer.

								
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