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Panel Interviews

Post by Jim1983 » Mon Oct 08, 2018 6:58 pm

I am currently looking for a job after returning from living abroad. However, I am getting incredibly frustrated at getting to interviews and then getting sympathetic responses outlining how they feel that I'm very talented and knowledgeable on research and research methods (I'm a social/educational researcher) but that unfortunately in this instance they have opted for another candidate. Much of it relates to the most dreaded of dreaded things (at least recruitment wise for dyspraxics) the panel interview.

I keep finding that each position requires me to attend a panel interview. At first, I would mention my dyspraxia during application but then not specifically bring it up at the interview, before realising that HR often did not pass the information on to the panel members. I hate panel interviews, there's too much input happening all at once, I can't sit properly as I feel fidgety and keep worrying who to look at and of course our old friend Mr. Eye-Contact comes into play; basically it always feels as if my dyspraxia goes into overdrive in such situations. After one, I felt so disoriented that I got lost trying to make my way out of the office, and ended up looking like a fool (even heard the panel members begin to giggle once they'd shown me the way out). Now that I'm being more assertive with disability declaration, I've found that responses are more sympathetic, but got the general impression that although they're impressed with my skills and knowledge that they wouldn't want someone with a learning difference managing large research projects (even though that's exactly what I did abroad, I got that work because the company was owned by someone I knew and who had seen me in action and been impressed). Yet, I can't get that opportunity to impress because panel interviews are now the norm for recruiters and panel interviews are a dyspraxic's ultimate anathema. I have a Master's degree from a world top 10 university in Educational and Social Research; which I passed with distinctions. Which, I feel is a pretty rare achievement dyspraxic or not; and I have good references. Yet, I'm struggling to get anything more than temp work.
Does anyone have any similar experiences? Apologies if this has become a bit of a rant.

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Re: Panel Interviews

Post by Tom fod » Tue Oct 09, 2018 12:31 am

Not at all. I hate interviews too! Are they competance based?

Do you have stock examples you can bring up in answes about how you overcome difficulty. How you approach and think differently but still get to desired outcomes?

I've had two failed attempts at promotion interviews this year.
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Re: Panel Interviews

Post by Jim1983 » Wed Oct 10, 2018 10:28 am

Yeah, I prepare questions based on the job description competencies, however, you never quite no how they're going to frame those competency questions which is where I struggle and become very ponderous in my response, despite knowing exactly what it is I want to say, just that conveying it succinctly can be problematic. I also find that whereas I often consider the detail to be the most important factor, interviewers do not necessarily consider this the case. It is frustrating that often it's the case that although we may be perfectly capable of fulfilling a task, the method through which our competency to complete said task is assessed does not provide the fullest picture.

I'm sorry to hear about your promotion interviews; did they provide feedback as to where you could improve?

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Re: Panel Interviews

Post by Helenjohanna » Wed Oct 10, 2018 9:07 pm

Do you have to declare the "disability" when applying for jobs? If I get a diagnosis, I think I'd rather not!

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Re: Panel Interviews

Post by Andrew_S_Hatton » Wed Oct 10, 2018 9:18 pm

Helenjohanna wrote:
Wed Oct 10, 2018 9:07 pm
Do you have to declare the "disability" when applying for jobs? If I get a diagnosis, I think I'd rather not!
NO

I cannot find anything that explains this BUT did come across this

http://enableworks.co.uk/declaring-disa ... lications/

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Re: Panel Interviews

Post by Tom fod » Mon Oct 15, 2018 12:07 pm

There is no legal requirement to declare. But of course you can get into the politics of is Dyspraxia a disability (yes it certainly is/can be; it meets criteria of being long term and can and often does have an impact on being able to perform normal day to day activities.

An employer should not discriminate but there is the test of what is reasonable.

Of course if you then tell your employer you feel they are discriminating against you having not declared you won't have as strong a case.
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