5 tips to nail a job interview with hearing loss

So, you’re on the hunt for a new job. You’ve constructed the ultimate resumĂ©, perfected your professional phone voice and drafted a kick-ass cover letter. And it obviously worked, because you’ve got an interview! This is great, but it can also be the most nerve-wracking part of the job search. A hearing loss can make you anxious about explaining it to your employer or making a great first impression. It doesn’t have to be scary though – it’s just part of the process. These tips will help you get rid of the nerves and nail the job interview.

Do your research

Before you meet with an employer for a job interview, do some research about them. Any interviewer will be impressed with a candidate that’s put in a bit of legwork, and it also gives you a chance to find out if they’re associated with any equal opportunity employment programs or government funding for businesses that hire staff with a disability.

Find support services

Look at what services and support are available for the business to help manage an employee with hearing loss. Mentioning knowledge of what other organisations have done to support employees and highlighting the benefits of diversity will also help to give you a competitive edge.

Talk yourself up

Be ready to explain what you’ve done in previous jobs, even if they were just volunteer or casual weekend and after-school positions, because this experience will highlight skills that you can bring to the role.

Let them know

It’s best to tell the interviewer that you have a hearing loss before you arrive at the interview. That way, they’re prepared for any requirements you have, like hosting it in a quiet spot rather than a busy cafĂ© or office, setting the chairs up face-to-face and potentially reducing the number of people in the room.

Don’t stress

Ultimately, being upfront about your hearing loss will get rid of any elephant in the room and help to make you feel more at ease. You can tell them on the phone when you call to confirm the interview, or send them an email to make them aware before you walk into the room – whatever you feel more comfortable with.