[VIDEO DESC & TRANSCRIPT: The NAD logo appears on bottom right corner as a watermark. On-screen graphic with comic style with black and white video footage in background shows title: “INTERVIEW ACCOMMODATIONS”

On-screen-text ID: AMY / RMDS DIRECTOR

AMY: When you’re getting ready for an interview – you can either bring your own interpreter or ask them to provide one. If it’s a big company or known for providing access, make sure you give them an advance notice of your request.

On-screen graphic with comic style with a “wow” factor spins into frame as the background video freezes in black and white: REQUEST IN ADVANCE.

AMY: Contact them and let them know you’d like to have this and that. Or if otherwise, then give yourself enough time to find an interpreter that is a good fit for you to bring to the interview.

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On-screen-text ID: JOHN / NTID CAREER CENTER DIRECTOR

JOHN: There are some deaf people who are more comfortable using ASR technologies like Microsoft Translator. Or some may prefer using a laptop to type back and forth or even a paper and pen to write back and forth. There are different ways to communicate, it depends on each deaf person.

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On-screen-text ID: DARIAN / NC DSDHH REGIONAL MANAGER

DARIAN: Make sure you let them know. Something like, “Thank you for inviting me to an interview, I’ll need communication access because I am a deaf person,” or if you want to say you’re hard of hearing, DeafBlind, or so on – let them know what kind of communication access you need.

On-screen graphic with comic style with a “wow” factor spins into frame as the background video freezes in black and white: EDUCATE THEM.

DARIAN: Sometimes it is our responsibility to educate them. Oftentimes they don’t know how to accommodate you. After you explain and share how they can accommodate you, they’ll understand more.

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On-screen-text ID: ISIDORE / HR MANAGER

ISIDORE: Tell them you’re deaf and that you’ll need an ASL interpreter and let them know what interpreting agencies are available for them to contact. Give them the contact information.

On-screen graphic with comic style with a “wow” factor spins into frame as the background video freezes in black and white: GIVE THEM RESOURCES.

ISIDORE: For most of them, it is the first time they’ve met a deaf person so when you add resources to your request, they can help you better. It’ll be easier for them to do so rather than remain confused and unsure how to provide you accommodations.

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On-screen-text ID: TODD / OUTREACH DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR

TODD: You should be transparent from the beginning because the law requires them to provide accommodations, so when you tell them – they become responsible.

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TODD: If you don’t tell them, they can get away with not providing you access.

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JOHN: When you communicate to their HR, hiring manager, or recruiter – make sure they find an interpreter that has the same gender as you as well as technical background.

On-screen graphic with comic style with a “wow” factor spins into frame as the background video freezes in black and white: ENSURE INTERPRETER FITS YOU.

JOHN: For example, suppose there is a deaf male applicant – it is important to find a male interpreter. Or if you have a biology background, it is helpful to find an interpreter with a science background.

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AMY: If you have specific accommodations to request like large print or a specific interpreter, I believe it is important to be open and be transparent with your needs when confirming your interview. The more transparent you are with them, the smoother your interview will be. And as a result, the process becomes fairer too.

On-screen graphic with comic style with a “wow” factor spins into frame as the background video freezes in black and white: FAIR EXPERIENCE.

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