• Motivation, willingness and enthusiasm are often the most important qualities that a potential employer looks for in a candidate; studies have shown that a majority of businesses would be more interested in hiring someone who exhibited these qualities rather than someone who did not demonstrate them but possessed more skills.
  • Make sure you research the employer as thoroughly as possible. Company websites are your friend here: familiarise yourself with the business’ history, its values and its aims.
  • On the day of your interview it is important to be smart and punctual.
  • You may want to apply for a Disabled Person’s bus pass to ensure you are able to get to the interview easily and on time.
  • An employer is not normally allowed to ask questions related to your health and disability before they offer you a position.
  • You are under no obligation to disclose your disability during the interview process.
  • According to the 2010 Equality Act, it is illegal for an employer to discriminate against a candidate on the basis of their disability.
  • Prepare for the job interview beforehand. You may want to rehearse some key phrases.
  • During the interview, you will want to be confident and polite: speak clearly, make eye contact with your interviewer. They will likely be impressed if you ask questions about the job or the company, since it demonstrates a genuine interest. When the interview is over, offer them a handshake and thank them for their time.
  • Common job interview questions include:
    “Why did you apply for this role?”
    “Tell me about your strengths and weaknesses.”
    “Can you give us an example of when you demonstrated [a particular desired skill]?
    It is important to be as prepared as possible for any questions the interviewer might ask you, but don’t let yourself be thrown by anything unexpected, and don’t be afraid to ask for clarification if you don’t fully understand a question.
  • Questions you could ask at the end include:
    “How is staff performance measured and evaluated?”
    “What kinds of training could I expect to receive as an employee?”
    “What development opportunities are there within the company?”
  • If you are unsuccessful, it can be useful to ask the employer to provide you with feedback. This will help you to review what went well and what didn’t, so you can be even more prepared for the next opportunity.
    Don’t let yourself get disheartened!