One other item to take into consideration is that the interviewer also has to decide if you are a trustworthy person. Because of this if you pull a "bait and switch" about the deafness issue they might wonder what else you might hide or lie about.
Today I had my first interview since being in a wheelchair and I went into it all nervous about THAT! I was SO scared. But they didn't even bat an eyelash!
I have a second interview next Tuesday. During my interview I told them that I was HOH and picking up my hearing aids next week? Turns out the Shift Manager is deaf and uses SEE and reads lips.
It was an AMAZING thing for me. I am so excited to start working there (they say if you get a 2nd interview you are in)
I doubt that is what they thought... besides, it doesn't make sense. You don't have to notify them that you're deaf (through it's recommended not to mention). It's supposed to show them that you are PERSON and you're equal to other interviewees. It's like you don't have to notify them what color your skin is. It's irrelevant.
So an update - I got a reply back from a company I contacted asking for a phone interview... How do i handle that one?
Wow, it's been a long time since I started this thread, but good news.... I got a job!!! It's actually pretty close to my dream job - I will be working in the digital marketing department for Lululemon, one of my favorite companies. I'm definitely nervous about all the communications aspects, but I guess I'll feel my way thru it. They seem really cool about it, and actually said that they'll make any accommodations I need - SO I really can't ask for anything more. I am so excited!
That's great that you do have a positive attitude adjusting with your life well. Just do your best whatever it works for you. Thanks for stopping by