1. Be sure and have the deaf person’s attention before you start speaking.
  2. Look directly at the person while speaking, even if an interpreter is present.
  3. Seating arrangements are critical. Ask the deaf person first where they would like to sit. Be aware of lighting from windows.
  4. Speak slowly and clearly, but do not exaggerate or over-emphasize words which can distort meaning.
  5. Lip reading is not your best means for communication. Use an interpreter. If necessary rephrase questions rather than just repeating it exactly as before.
  6. Do not rely entirely on writing, but do not be embarrassed either to use paper and pencil to communicate.
  7. Do not automatically assume that a deaf person has no amount of useable hearing present.
  8. Be aware of background noises in rooms which may distract you and the deaf person.
  9. Always explain any interruptions in the room or from outside, to the person who is deaf.
  10. Determine if there is a need for a Certified Deaf Interpreter (CDI).


Have you made arrangements to have the appropriate interpreter or communication device available?

Are you prepared to work with an interpreter of any kind?

Interviewing with another person or persons in the room is never easy.

Take the time to familiarize yourself with the necessary protocol or procedures in order to have an effective interview for all concerned.