Getting The Interview when you are disabled.

A job interview, is perhaps, the most nerve wracking part of the entire job search. It is the time when not only are you expected to sum up all your skills and attributes in a few minutes, but to also prove you are more qualified than the countless others with whom you are in direct competition. If you are a person with a disability, this part of the process can be even more frustrating, as there are several issues you may need to address concerning your disability.

When you apply for a job, you are often required to submit a cover letter and resume outlining your skills and experience. This is the part that sells you, the tool that lets prospective employers know whether or not they need to talk to you. That is why it is important to make sure your cover letter and resume contain the most relevant information the employer might need.

Once you have submitted your resume, you will probably sit and wait for the call informing you of your interview. In some cases, it is okay to call the employer to inquire, but that can vary from one job to another. Sometimes, the job ad where you found the position may even ask you not to call. While you are waiting, however, begin preparing for the interview. This is a crucial step that should be performed before the call even comes, since it is likely you will be asked to come in for an interview within a couple of days of receiving it.

When preparing for an interview, learn as much as you can about the company and the position for which you applied. This knowledge will come in very handy if you are asked what you know about that particular organization.

Carefully read over your resume, and be prepared to elaborate on the information it contains. Often times, the interviewer uses it as a point of reference during the interview, so be ready to talk about the contents.

Prepare to address your disability. While this may be a difficult task, it can put the mind of the interviewer at ease, especially if he or she is uncomfortable bringing it up. Let him or her know you are capable of performing all required job duties, and explain how you will do them. If special equipment is needed, explain what it may be, and how you will go about determining your accessibility needs. The more you know, the more likely you will be to receive a positive response.

At the end of the interview, let the interviewer know you appreciate the interview and will be in touch. Ask if you should wait for a call, or if it would be appropriate for you to make the subsequent contact.

Shortly after leaving the interview, send or email the interviewer a short thank you note to let them know you appreciate their time. It will also show you are detail oriented and have initiative, and can, in some cases, be a determining factor in who is and isn't hired.

Lastly, don't dwell. Go on to the next interview while waiting for the call, and use each experience to become better at the interviewing process.