Interviewing Without an Interpreter

  • Provide a written copy of the interview questions.
  • Speak clearly and slowly.
  • Use gestures and facial expressions.
  • Maintain eye contact by looking directly at the person.
  • Encourage the deaf individual to let you know if your communication is unclear.
  • Rephrase things if necessary.
  • Ask open-ended questions.
  • Use paper and pencil if necessary.
  • Ask the candidate to demonstrate his or her skills during the interview by operating a piece of equipment or software application, etc.
  • Resist putting your hands on or near your mouth as you speak.