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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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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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