Have you ever been in a situation where you forget an answer to some of the simplest things on earth? Well this week there was a video going viral on social media where a candidate for the position of a judge could not remember all the arms of government.
This was rather unusual and unexpected because having had a practicing period of more than 15 years as a lawyer and having gone through school and eventually admitted to the bar, means that he has had a good read on the subject –LAW.
This made me look at some issues that interview panels sometimes subject candidates to and especially a big number of panelists, how does this help? To intimidate or to get the best out of the candidate.
Tension at interviews
Pressure, anxiety, and tension are normal feelings even for the most intelligent of candidates when facing a panel of interviewers. It is normal to worry about what is bound to happen the moment you step into an interview room. Interviewers most times intentionally intimidate contenders to see if they can handle pressure and at the same time deliver good results. Ofourse this is good, who said the world has silver platters.
However, most of these interviewers ignore the fact that, there could be a dyslexic or an epileptic person among the candidates who requires a specific environment to deliver effectively and appropriately. Accommodating them in the entire process would go a long way in helping them attain their worth in different fields. Remember some of them are highly intelligent.
According to the International Dyslexia Association, Dyslexia refers to a specific learning disability, which is neurobiological in origin and is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities.
In other words, Dyslexia is a language disability.
A dyslexic person finds reading, writing, spelling, computing, organizing, and comprehending things difficult regardless of their adequate intelligence and conventional instruction.
Causes of Dyslexia
Dyslexia is related to genetic/hereditary factors or other factors that affect brain development. It comes from differences in parts of the brain, which process language. According to researchers, imaging scans of dyslexic people show that areas of the brain supposed to be active when a person is reading fail to work properly.
Dyslexia exists in two forms; some people have the mild form which they learn to manage eventually while others have a little more trouble overcoming it.
Despite being unable to fully outgrow dyslexia, people with this condition can still go to school like any other person and succeed in life, because they do not lack intelligence or self-motivation, in fact they are average to above average when counting intelligence. Yes, they may at times show signs of low self-esteem but this is mostly because they are discriminated upon and considered abnormal.
Epilepsy is a neurological disorder which registers abnormal brain activity leading to seizures or periods of unusual behavior, sensations, and sometimes blackouts. It is characterized by on and off seizures.
Seizure symptoms vary for each epileptic person, however, experiencing just a single seizure doe not qualify one as epileptic. Consider epilepsy diagnosis after at least two unprovoked seizures. Some of the seizure symptoms include; staring blankly for a few seconds, repeatedly twitching the arms or legs
Pre-interviews profile checking for candidates.
Carrying out a profile/background check on all potential candidates before interviews is important because it may help the panel of interviewers to prepare adequately for every individual.
Some tensions created during the interview may lead to people with invisible disabilities to experience the worst nightmares and never will apply for jobs again.
Instead of quick judgement on their intellectual capabilities, employers should start re-strategizing on the modes of carrying out interviews especially to this group of PWDs. This is to create a conducive environment for persons with disabilities to perform to their level best in the interviews without any triggers to their conditions.
For example, too many interviewers may frighten a dyslexic and epileptic person causing a trigger to their conditions. It may lead to seizures for epileptic people and trigger confusion, forgetfulness, and even blackouts for persons with dyslexia.
An epileptic person does not do well in a stressful environment such as an interview room with a huge panel of interviewers all looking to prove him/her wrong. The pressure may build up and lead to poor performance.
Therefore, considering persons with disabilities in interviews is not sympathy, but fairness in all perspectives. Additionally, it will enable interviewers understand how these group answer and react to questions posed to them hence giving out fair/equal judgement.
By: Linzer Kibebe