Learn about your rights and the steps you need to take to request accommodations during the interview process.
As a job seeker, finding the right job can be a challenging process. However, for individuals with disabilities, the process can be even more difficult. Fortunately, employers are legally required to provide reasonable accommodations during the hiring process. If you have a disability and need accommodations during your interview, you can request them. In this article, we will go over tips for job seekers on how to request interview accommodations and best practices.
Understand Your Rights
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. This applies to all aspects of employment, including the interview process. If you need accommodations during your interview, it is important to understand your rights and the steps you need to take to request them.
Identify Your Accommodation Needs
Before you request accommodations, it is important to know what you need. Accommodations can vary based on the individual and their specific needs. Some common accommodations during the interview process include:
When it comes to requesting accommodations, timing is everything. It is best to make your request as soon as possible, so the employer has enough time to accommodate your needs. Ideally, you should request accommodations when you apply for the job, so the employer has plenty of time to make arrangements.
Requesting Your Accommodations
When you make your request, be clear and specific about your needs by explaining:
For example, if you need a sign language interpreter, specify the type of sign language you use and who you would like to provide the interpretation. If you need a quiet space to conduct the interview, describe the specific environment that would work best for you.
Many companies have a specific interview accommodation request process, such as contacting a certain email address or completing a request form. Look for the instructions on the company’s careers page or in the recruiting emails you receive. If you’re not able to find the information, ask a recruiter for the process to request an accommodation for your interview. Once you have this information, use the guidance above to make your accommodation request.
Be Prepared for the Interview
When you arrive for the interview, make sure you have all the materials you need and that you are comfortable with the accommodations that have been made. Be prepared to answer interview questions and be confident in your abilities. Remember that you are there because the employer is interested in your qualifications and experience, and the accommodations are in place to help you showcase your skills.
As a job seeker with a disability, it is important to understand your rights and the steps you need to take to request accommodations during the interview process. By identifying your accommodation needs and making your request in a timely manner, you can make the process easier and more efficient for everyone involved. With the right preparation and support, you can shine during the interview and show the employer why you are the best candidate for the job.