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A typical recruitment process includes two types of job interviews. The first is a phone interview which is designed to ensure that the candidate has the basic skills and experience for the job, and the second a face to face interview which is designed to ensure complete suitability of the candidate for the job based on skills, experience, personality and expectations. As a job seeker, you might be faced with both types of interviews, or just one type depending on the position.
If you are one of the 9 million people in the UK who suffer from hearing loss, a job interview may appear quite challenging, perhaps even complicated. Before we explain how to better your chances of securing the job, you need to know that in the UK employers have an obligation to make reasonable adjustments based on your condition and that hearing loss is a common condition which affects all age groups. The Royal National Institute for Deaf People (RNID), a charitable organisation working on behalf of those suffering from hearing loss, is reporting that 2.4 million hard of hearing are between the ages of 16 years old to 60 years old. This group is representative of the typical active job seeker market.
To improve your chances of a successful job interview, you can use three strategies. These are divided into amplification aids, coping strategies and universal interview tips.
Amplification aids - there are a number of aids which are designed to amplify external sound, so that the sound is enhanced to a suitable level for you to hear it.
1. Hearing Aids - used for face to face or telephone interviews, hearing aids are available free via the NHS or may be privately purchased. The devices are micro-computers which can amplify external sounds and deliver those straight to your ear canal.
2. Amplified Telephone Aids - most telephones and mobile phones are used for telephone interviews are designed for the general public and offer basic amplification levels, often not loud enough for the hard of hearing. There are a number of aids which can amplify the sound of the phone. These are often called ALD or Assistive Listening Aids and include extra loud telephones, extra loud mobile phones and external amplifiers which fit your standard phone.
Coping strategies - these are designed to improve your chances of hearing the interviewer if your hearing loss does not require amplification aids but you suffer from some degree of hearing loss.
3. Ask for a written interview instead of a phone interview - nowadays a telephone interview is common and is used by the employers to short list candidates before a face to face interview. If you are more at ease taking a written interview instead, you should disclose your hearing loss to the recruiter and ask for a written interview instead. Remember, employers have an obligation to make reasonable adjustments and often they will oblige.
4. Position yourself accordingly during a face to face interview - move closer and position yourself so that you are facing the interviewer as close as possible, but leaving enough personal space. Ensure that the room is well lit and you can see the interviewer clearly. Watch the speaker’s face, lips and gestures for clues as to what’s being said.
5. Deal with missing words - if you are concerned about hearing every single word, you should not be. People who do not suffer from hearing loss tend to miss words as well, but they cope with the situation by filling in words. The strategy of filling in words is designed so you understand the concept, rather then every single word. If you missed more than one word and you are concerned about what was said, you should ask the interviewer to repeat the question.
Universal job interview tips - people who suffer from hearing loss may feel greater anxiety over an interview due to hearing loss concerns. By using these job interview tips, you will be able to relax and focus on your answers.
6. Pay attention to your body language - verbal content only provides some of the message and feedback that the interviewer is getting from you, the rest comes from your body language. The best way to prepare is to practice in front of the mirror, paying extra attention to your tone of voice and body language.
7. Do your research - before the interview takes place, write down your recent achievements and how the employer might benefit from your skills and experience. The employer is most interested in your achievements and experience, so having these answers prepared will allow you to focus better and feel more relaxed and confident in your suitability for the position.
Article by Hampshire based Hearing Direct. If you have any concerns about your hearing, you should visit your GP for a basic hearing test. You may also take an online hearing test, though this test does not replace the test carried by a registered hearing aid dispenser or through your GP.
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Seltek warmly welcomes the admirable Charlotte MCulloch, who joins us to work with Kristina Southcott to manage the burgeoning Clinical Research section of our business. Charlotte is a graduate of International Business and Modern Languages from Bath University. Fluent in French with conversational German and even a småttering of Swedish, Charlotte will be well equipped to deal with many of our European friends in their native tongue.
Charlotte spent a year working in Paris as a Business Information Manager at the Franco-British Chamber of Commerce and Industry as well as Assistant to the Marketing Manager at Christies the auctioneers, also in Paris. Having experience with many different people and situations, and having lived and worked abroad in multi-cultural environments, including France, Sweden and Germany, has helped her develop into a flexible, reliable and dynamic individual.
Outside of her glittering academic and business accomplishments, Charlotte is keen on activity pursuits such as skiing, kick-boxing and scuba diving. Familiar as she is with plumbing the depths, we are fully expecting her to reach for the stars in her future career at Seltek!
Initially she will hold responsibility for candidate management in our Clinical Research section, so if you are looking for a new career opportunity at any level within clinical research, please call Charlotte McCulloch on 01279 657716 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Examples of the positions that we recruit for in this field include: Senior Managers, Business Development Managers, Clinical Managers, Project Managers, Clinical Research Associates (CRA), Research Nurses, Data Managers, Quality Managers, Drug Safety and Pharmacovigilance personnel, Clinical Trial Administrators and many more!
In response to the powerful surge in the British economy, and the massive investment by - in particular - the large pharmaceutical manufacturers in the drug development and clinical research processes, Seltek has appointed Kristina Southcott as Senior Consultant with responsibility for the clinical research market.
A top flight Cambridge University natural sciences graduate, majoring in biomedical sciences and pharmacology, Kristina has made an immediate impact in her time at Seltek, thereby making her the natural person to manage this important part of Seltek's business.
To help Kristina provide the very best possible services to our clients, we have recruited Charlotte McCulloch who will initially take responsibility for candidate discovery, recruitment and selection.
If you are an employer with recruitment requirements within the clinical research sector, please contact Kristina Southcott on 01279 657716 or email Kristina@seltekconsultants.co.uk
If you are looking for a new career opportunity at any level, and would like to discuss your options in complete confidence, please contact Charlotte McCulloch on 01279 657716 or email email@example.com
Please note that Seltek's services to work seekers are free and confidential at all times.
For further information about the services we provide to employers and work seekers, please visit our website www.seltekconsultants.co.uk