Asking for reasonable adjustments at job interviews

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Asking for reasonable adjustments at job interviews

Postby RainbowJess » Thu Jul 12, 2018 2:04 pm

Does anyone have experience of asking for reasonable adjustments at job interviews?. If so, what did you ask for and was your request/s accommodated?
I was diagnosed with Dyspraxia last August. I have had many job interviews over the years-internal and external, and have not been successful at a competency-based interview since 2008, and I attribute this to Dyspraxia. In a typical interview, obviously nerves exacerbate things, I have to ask for questions to be repeated multiple times, I cannot think of answers on the spot, I cannot structure and order examples and responses well, I speak too quickly, say too much , give too long responses etc.

I only got my current job because it was through an agency and was more informal- I am ok in interviews that are more like informal chats.

I want to request adjustments such as having the main questions in advance -but I feel unsure asking for this as it feels like cheating (even tho I know it is just leveling the playing field for me), and I am worried it will be perceived as cheating.

I am also thinking of blogging about my experience as I start to go for job interviews as organisations that wouldn't meet reasonable adjustment requests are not where I would want to work anyway I think!

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Re: Asking for reasonable adjustments at job interviews

Postby Tom fod » Thu Jul 12, 2018 6:47 pm

I've had and been unsucceful at two competancy-based interviews for internal vacancies at a higher level so the pressure is probably less for myself. I did declare and provided a brief statemenr for their awareness but didn't /couldn't think to ask for anything specific.

Scope have some links to advice from this page https://www.scope.org.uk/support/disabled-people/work
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Re: Asking for reasonable adjustments at job interviews

Postby Lucy » Thu Jul 12, 2018 8:14 pm

I've never asked for reasonable adjustments but always include a few things in my acceptance/confirmation of attendance:
1) Asking who will be on the panel - this means I can look them up online and see what their interests are (this may be a bit field specific, I'm not sure).
2) Asking if there is anything in particular they would like me to prepare - I'm told it makes me look organised, ocassionally I get lucky and they tell me things like they're looking for candidates to show some knowledge regarding a particular topic, so I can work out some potential questions to plan answers ahead of time
3) Asking if it is ok to bring a notepad and jot down questions as they are asked - no-one's ever said no, I jot down key words/phrases from the questions as a memory aid and it also helps me process the question/buys me a little more thinking time.

I don't know if that helps? Speaking from my experience as an interviewer, I'd have been concerned if someone asked for the questions in advance (are they going to distribute them? What if they don't know anything about the job but can do enough reading to do a convincing interview?). So I think if you feel that is the most relevant reasonable adjustment you would like to ask for, it's worth being careful how you word it and how you explain why it's necessary. Thinking about it, if someone asked that of me, I might have been inclined to offer something along the lines of, you are welcome to come [amount of time eg 20 minutes] early and we can give you the questions on a sheet of paper in a quiet room, but it would be under exam-like conditions to make it fair to other candidates who wouldn't have the opportunity to go away and research their answers. I'm not sure if that would be an option that would feel helpful to you?

It is also absolutely ok to ask for questions to be repeated, to say you're nervous, to ask to come back to a question, and to say you're going to take a moment to think before answering. Nervous candidates are much more appealing to me than over-confident ones, and asking for repetation and letting me know you're taking a moment to think show communication skills that I like.

Good luck with your job hunt. I hope that you get any reasonable adjustments you feel you might need.

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Re: Asking for reasonable adjustments at job interviews

Postby Tom fod » Fri Jul 13, 2018 8:03 am

Lucy
Thanks for this really interesting/useful
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