How To Prepare For Your Interview With The Social Security Administration About Your Disability

Posted on: 16 September 2022

If you are applying for SSDI benefits, there might come a time when you need to participate in an interview process. This interview will most likely be conducted over the phone. To make sure that the interview goes well, you will want to make sure that you know what to expect from the interview.

The Purpose of the Interview

The goal of the interview is to make sure that you have a disability that qualifies you for SSDI benefits. To be qualified for SSDI benefits, you will need to prove that you are not able to work as a result of the disability you are suffering from. Therefore, you will need to be ready to answer questions regarding how your disability has affected your ability to maintain gainful employment.

How Your Ability to Work is Determined

Even if you are able to work while disabled, you will need to be able to earn a living that is substantial enough to be able to pay your bills. It might also be impractical for you to be able to earn a living because of your level of education and your work history.

For example, if you have primarily performed manual labor, it might be difficult to find work after you have become disabled. However, if the work you have performed has primarily been sedentary, you might be able to use this fact as a reason for why you are no longer able to work after becoming injured. You will be asked about your professional and educational background and this will determine whether you are qualified for SSDI benefits.

Why Your Background is Important During the Interview

It's important to be honest about your background because you might face penalties if you are found to have made false statements about your background. Instead, speak with a Social Security disability attorney about how you can succeed during the interview and build a solid case for why you should be entitled to SSDI benefits. 

For example, if you read your medical records before the interview, you will be better prepared to answer questions. You should have relevant information at hand before you begin the interview.

The Length of the Interview

The interview does not take long to complete. However, the length of the interview will depend partially on how complicated your background is and also the impact that your injuries have on your day-to-day life. For example, you will be asked about whether you are able to comfortably sit, stand, and walk. All of these factors will affect whether you will be qualified for benefits.