Interviewing With and Without an Interpreter

Interviewing with an Interpreter

  • As soon as you know the date, time and location of your interview, ask the company if they can provide an interpreter. If not, you are responsible for arranging for an interpreter for the interview. Contact your Employment Advisor, VR counselor or an interpreting referral agency to make arrangements. Ask for an interpreter who is knowledgeable in your career area if possible.
  • Meet with the interpreter before the interview (20 - 30 minutes) to discuss your communication preferences and to review technical sign vocabulary.
  • Take responsibility for effective communication by introducing the interpreter to the interviewer and briefly explaining his/her role.
  • Hello, I'm John Smith. Kathy Jones is here to facilitate our communication. She will communicate everything that is said or signed. Do you mind if she sits next to you so I can see you both at the same time? Thank you.

Interviewing without an Interpreter

  • Prepare an introduction for the receptionist/secretary/staff assistant :
  • "I am Mary Smith. I have a 10:00 appointment with the manager, Mr. Man, of the marketing department."
  • Bring your resume and examples of your work. You can use these to help answer questions by referring to them.
  • Make eye contact with the interviewer. Ask the interviewer to look directly at you when she/he speaks.
  • Make sure you understand questions the interviewer asks you. If you are not sure you understand the question, ask the interviewer to repeat or write down the question.
  • When writing, keep your answers short and to the point and use proper grammar. Be as accurate with the technical information as possible and know the names of equipment and software you can use.
  • Explain the best way for the interviewer to contact you (e-mail, use of relay service, etc.).