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 café or office, setting the chairs up face-to-face and potentially reducing the number of people in the room.
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.