[blindlaw] Seeking Advice

Russell J. Thomas rthomas at emplmntattorney.com
Fri Aug 15 21:03:52 UTC 2014

Don't disclose anything about blindness before the interview; walk in, and
let the interviewer take you cold. You will be amazed at the reaction --
everything from "how do you dial a telephone" to completely ignoring your
blindness and focusing on your abilities.  Don't be uncomfortable about
questions concerning blindness -- seize those questions as opportunities to
put the interviewer at ease and an opportunity to describe your abilities
and accomplishments. If you get a question about "how would you do xxx"
answer the question and tie your answer into how your abilities would assist
your potential employer achieve its goals and objectives. If possible throw
in some personal experiences unrelated to school or work so that the
interviewer knows you are a human being, not just a blind person.  On one
interview, the night before our meeting, I went to a hockey game by myself.
I worked that into an answer to one of the interviewer's questions; After
the usual "how did you do that" the entire interview became far more
informal and friendly. 

-----Original Message-----
From: blindlaw [mailto:blindlaw-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of Stewart,
Christopher K via blindlaw
Sent: Thursday, August 14, 2014 7:38 PM
To: blindlaw
Subject: [blindlaw] Seeking Advice

Hi Listers,

I have several on campus interviews coming up. The good news is, I have a
good resume and am very qualified. The bad news is, I don't know how to
communicate that the fact that I am totally blind does not somehow mean I
can't work as quickly, efficiently, or with the same degree of quality as a
sighted person.

Has anyone had luck with an on campus interview? Has anyone found a way to
allay people's concerns in the context of these 20 minute interviews?


Chris K. Stewart
University of Kentucky College of Law, J.D. Candidate, 2016 Staff Editor,
Kentucky Law Journal Co-President, American Constitution Society California
Institute of the Arts, B.F.A. 2010

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