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Like any job seeker, people with disabilities should be prepared to "sell" themselves in a job interview and demonstrate that they are fully qualified for the position.

Job Seeker's Toolkit



In this section:

Attention-Getting Resumes

Chronological and Functional Resumes

Cover Letters

Pre-Employment Testing

Interviewing Skills

Interview Accommodations













The Art of Disclosing Your Disability by Richard Pimentel is a question and answer study guide.

Tips from the Job Accommodation Network - Disability Disclosure and Interviewing

Interviewing Skills

Preparing for the "Audition"

A well-managed job search campaign will eventually result in getting invitations to job interviews. Landing an interview is just the first major hurdle – it means the job seeker has "made the cut" into a small group of people being considered for the position. The next hurdle to clear is the interview itself – the opportunity to prove s/he is the best person for the job.

The interview is extremely important, because each person granted an interview is probably also qualified for the job. The decision about who gets hired now comes down to who the interviewer(s) believe will be the "best fit" for the organization:

From the employer’s perspective, the interview process isn’t always the most reliable way to pick the best job candidates. In fact, many employers complain that it’s impossible to know whether or not a person can do a job just based on an interview; consequently many hiring decisions are based the interviewer’s "gut instinct".

When preparing for an interview, it’s useful to think of it as an "audition". The interviewer wants to know if the applicant can:

"Audition" Tips

The person being interviewed has the challenge of proving to the interviewer that they can do all of these things. Some interviewers are more skilled than others at asking the right questions, but even if an employer isn’t an effective interviewer, an applicant can still find a way to "play a few notes" to prove they’re qualified for the job.

Suggested "audition" tips:

If you will require a job accommodation--

Preparing for the Interview

People with disabilities may use One-Stop resources for interview preparation (workshops, mock interviews, etc.) available to all customers as a starting point. In addition, there are disability-specific issues that should be addressed:


Disclosure of a disability is very much a personal decision by the job seeker. However, two basic guidelines are extremely useful:

1) Disclose disability-related information only as necessary.

2) Disclose to as few people as necessary.

Additionally, One-Stop system staff should abide by the following:

Disclosure: Before or During the Interview

In most cases, if an individual can complete the hiring process without having to disclose, it is probably best to wait until at least after the job offer has been made (if disclosure is going to occur at all). However, there are situations in which earlier disclosure may make sense.

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This information was developed in partnership with the EmployABILITY program of the City of Los Angeles Community Development Department, created in collaboration with the Los Angeles City Workforce Investment Board, to create career empowerment for persons with disabilities.

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