Job interviews are one of the most fearful speaking situations for people who stutter. After all you are judged by the way you communicate and express yourself throughout the interview. In this article, you’ll discover 3 powerful job interview tactics which will help you position yourself even better than “fluent” candidates.
When it comes to job interviews, we need to communicate effectively and express our thoughts and ideas freely in order to make an impression on people. On top of everything else you are performing and as a result you’ll either “fail” or “succeed” at the end of the interview. I guess those factors are more than enough to cause an adrenaline rush in any person who stutters.
So, what can you do to turn that stressful situation into a success story even though you feel like stuttering is a huge obstacle on your way to express yourself and convince those people that you are the right candidate for the specific position?
Below are 3 powerful job interview tactics which you can use the next time you find yourself in any kind of job interview.
1- Address Your Stuttering Indirectly:
The sooner you do this the better it is, because it will take the burden on your shoulders. When you start to talk about yourself, indirectly mention your stuttering and briefly talk about it if needed.
However, doing this in a positive and confident manner is EXTREMELY IMPORTANT. Don’t say “pity me because I am a stutterer”. I usually use humor with a short story to make my point.
They do NOT care about your stuttering as much as you think so don’t focus on the fact that you are a stutterer and how bad it feels. Instead, focus on what you have been doing to achieve your speaking goals. People would RESPECT you a lot more if you ACCEPT who you are and WORK ON to become who you want to be. Trust me, a huge plus on your evaluation paper!
2- Use Stuttering To Your Advantage:
Your speech and the FACT that you have WORKED/are WORKING on it is a huge plus which will immediately DIFFER you from all other candidates. Communicate as having this challenge is a huge PLUS of you. Continuous improvement, setting and achieving goals, self development, becoming a better person and having a vision in life are great ASSETS for any candidate… and companies would love to work with such people. Do NOT TRY to HIDE your stuttering thinking you’d make a better impression. By pretending you are a non-stutterer, you are shooting yourself on the foot. The fact is you are a person who stutters and working on to overcome it… and the question is how are you going to use that fact at this stage?
To your advantage or to your disadvantage?
3- Use Your Speaking Tools and Techniques Openly
Hopefully this will be an easy step for you since you already mentioned your stuttering in the beginning of the interview.
Talking too much or too fast is NOT a skill. Get your thoughts together and speak with the SPEAKING TOOLS and TECHNIQUES you choose. Your goal is NOT modeling somebody who you actually are not, your goal is to show them you are WHO YOU ARE and you WORTH the offer!
Speaking by using your selected techniques will take away the SELF ACCEPTANCE burden on your shoulders and will lead you to FOCUS ON what you want to COMMUNICATE without worrying about BEING SEEN as a NON-FLUENT speaker.
An important note before I conclude…