Once your résumé is complete it’s time to start thinking about interview questions. Keep in mind that you don’t have to discuss your recovery in the interview. Thanks to ADA Laws you are protected against giving full disclosure. Make the interview about the skills you have that will benefit the company. Strengths and weaknesses are commonly asked for so spend time preparing answers that focus on your work experience rather than your abuse and recovery. For them all that matters is who you are now, don’t defend yourself unnecessarily.
What if recovery has to be talked about in the interview? Whether the hiring manager already knows about your recovery or you really feel compelled to tell them, the most important thing is to be honest. While you are being honest also be concise and upbeat, the alternative is a slippery slope that could cost you the job. You can also use recovery as an example of overcoming a challenge. Employers always ask this type of question, and you can use your story as an example of success.
Be sure to have questions for the interviewer. Ask them open-ended questions so that you keep the conversation going, and do serious research about the position and the business so you have time to write down meaningful questions before the interview.
If you are really a really anxious interviewee, then interview at as many places as you can. Even if you don’t want the position, the experience will help prepare you and calm your nerves.