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Transition to Adult Life


Preparing for the Hiring Interview

The hiring interview is the most important step in the hiring process.

A job interview usually lasts only between 20 - 60 minutes. In this short time, you must convince the interviewer not only that you are qualified, but that you will be a great addition to the business. If you have noticeable disabilities, this requires not only a good appearance, but being able to overcome any unfair reactions to your disability.     

There are a number of skills to consider. Let’s review a few key ones in the next pages: preparation, appearance, presentation, answering questions, asking questions.

***Note that asking about age is legal with regard to younger people. An employer must confirm that a student is old enough to work, that a partial waiver of child labor laws is in place, and students of certain ages only work allowable hours.



Here is an example of a poor interview. Think about the many mistakes this job seeker made!

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