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How to Prepare for a Job Interview with a Learning Disability

Finding a job as an adult with learning disabilities can be challenging. Once you have found the job you want, the interview process can be a daunting experience. It is natural to feel nervous and anxious, however, with some preparation and practice, you can feel confident and ready to impress your potential employer. In this blog, we will share some tips on how to prepare for a job interview to make sure you are ready to showcase your skills and abilities.


Do Your Research

Research the company you will be interviewing for. What type of work do they do? Who are their customers? Make sure you understand the company's values and goals so that you can tailor your responses to the interviewer's questions. The interviewer will be more impressed if you can demonstrate that you have done your homework and show a genuine interest in the company.


Practice Common Interview Questions

Practice answering common interview questions. These can be found on many job-seeking websites such as Think about how you would answer these questions and practice saying them out loud. You can ask a friend or family member to help you practice, or you can record yourself and listen to your responses. Knowing how to show your experiences, skills, and qualifications will help you feel more relaxed and prepared.


Bring a Portfolio

Bring examples of your previous work. This can include certificates, diplomas, art or writing samples, or even volunteer work. This will give the interviewer a better understanding of what you can bring to the role. It demonstrates your initiative and willingness to showcase your talent outside of the interview questions.


Communicate Any Adjustments Needed

If you require any adjustments during the interview process, don't be afraid to communicate them to the interviewer. This is a chance to explain your learning needs and how you learn best. For example, you may need additional time, a quiet space, or written instructions. Being open and honest will help ensure that you can perform to the best of your ability.


Practice Self-Care

Most importantly practice self-care before and after the interview. Make sure you get plenty of rest and eat a nutritious breakfast. Arrive at the interview location early so you have time to find your way and compose yourself. After the interview, it is common to feel nervous or anxious, to combat this, treat yourself to your favourite meal or activity to take your mind off things.


Preparing for a job interview can be a stressful experience, but with some preparation, you can showcase everything you have to offer. Take the time to prepare. If you are interviewing for something you already enjoy this can help you feel more confident.

Remember that your learning disability is a part of who you are, but it does not define you. 

Go into the interview process knowing that you have the skills and abilities to succeed!

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