Jul 23 2018

The Interview

Published by at 2:34 am under Hearing Loss

Any job search can be tricky.  Hours spent online combing through job boards, typing and editing resumes, the list goes on.  The process can be even more difficult for people who are deaf and hard of hearing.  As I progress with my own personal job search, I can’t help but worry that the interviewer might take my hearing loss into account when deciding whether or not to hire me.

A recent experience I had brought all these thoughts back to the forefront of my mind.

About a month ago, I had a second interview with a firm downtown.  I met with the human resources recruiter and creative manager regarding a temporary graphic designer position.  Even though I am seeking for a full time opportunity, I thought this would be a great role to build my portfolio in the graphic design field.

The interview went very well.  I got the impression the creative manager liked my design portfolio and that they thought the position would match my skills and interests.  I was told I would hear back soon in order to meet with the chief of marketing.  The recruiter said they would get back to me by the end of the week.

By the end of the week, I still hadn’t heard anything.  I realized the company removed the job posting from their website.  That wasn’t a good sign.  I decided to email the human resources assistant, but only received back an automated email saying they decided to pursue other candidates after carefully reviewing my application.

I was very upset to see this email because I had already been selected as a candidate in the interview process.  It sounded very cold after taking my personal time to come in and interview with them.  So, I sent another email to HR assistant and asking for an update.  Hours later, I got a standard email from HR recruiter finally thanking me to come in and they decided to end my journey in the interview process.  That was only after I had to push for an answer.

That being said, I learn many places – including this company – don’t respect their candidates, even after coming in for an interview.  This company removed the job posting before letting me know the update.  After finding someone they like, they treated me like dust and unfortunately that’s how the world is in corporate America.  Perhaps companies have to follow certain rules and policies.  I just think after taking your personal time, we should be treated with more respect on a personal level rather than sending standard emails that all applicants receive.  That’s a loophole we find in many companies recruiting for jobs.

It really makes me question why I wasn’t considered to come in for the third interview?  Why was I ruled out early in the process?  All of my skills and interests was a perfect match for this position.  Could be that my hearing loss and the way I talk that put me behind other “normal” candidates?  Sometimes I wonder if discrimination plays a role, but I can’t prove it because we never know what goes on behind closed doors in the interview process.

I’ve been rejected before after interviews but this experience was very unusual.  The creative manager who interviewed me showed great interest and you have this vibe coming close to a job offer.  She was really impressed that I run a hearing loss website and manage interns.  Instead, the unexpected happened and I was treated like nobody the next day.

I just wanted to share this interview experience on my blog because we need to advocate for ourselves.  Once again, I won’t allow any roadblocks to stop me from succeeding the reach out to the stars, and I hope you won’t, either.  Just remember, you’re not alone in this world.

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