To tell or not to tell?

TISA has often been asked: should we talk about our stammering during a job interview? No easy universal answers unfortunately. But we can certainly find out how others have coped with it. A Speech therapist who stammers, is under much more pressure (than we, the regular stutterers!) during a job interview: Since they are going to fix others’ speech, assumption is- they have no business to stammer themselves! Sounds dramatic- but this is how average mind of average Interviewer, would work. That 10 minute slice of their speech during interview would become their “defining” moment- as individuals and as professionals. So how did Lori deal with this no-win situation? Read and share your thoughts:

We have often given the advice: Sell your self. Talk about what you have to offer to the organisation. Talk about your stammering briefly only if the interviewer specifically asks about it. And then carry on.
But is it practical? can you pull it off? is it doable?

Many of us know that it is not- for average PWS. Reason is simple: If you have never talked about your stammering in your SHG, with a stranger in the local bus, with the next door neighbour- if you have always consciously avoided any discussion on the topic- how can you wing it in an interview? How can you talk about stammering in passing, like a cool dude- when you haven’t done it even with the ten year old kid in the neighbourhood?

It would be like: a man asked a Karate sensei: what shall I do if he pulls gun on me? Answer: SIMPLE- just do a Aashigurma, followed by a quick Ushirogeri!
But this man has never ever done a front roll even in his bed. What chances does he have of defending himself against a gun?
So, moral of the story, join your dojo (shg) and practice regularly!

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Post Author: Sachin

4 thoughts on “To tell or not to tell?


    (April 15, 2010 - 7:22 am)

    well… tricky question this ! I mentioned about it just once in the interview and i was NOT selected. That could be just a coincidence, rejection could have been attributed to other reasons, besides my stammer.

    On another occasion the interviewed discovered that i am a PWS, however, he kindly offered to give me another chance of client interview, which never came 🙂

    But boy, am i doing bad now? i do not think so!


    (April 15, 2010 - 9:27 am)

    This is something easier said than done and something to ponder on. My take on this is one should tell if it helps him to be relaxed during the conversation in the interview, so that he is able to express himself completely without the fear of hiding.One can opt not to tell too.

    Tanoy Bhattacharjee

    (April 15, 2010 - 12:33 pm)

    Yeah right Manohar, Its a Tricky question. But, the fact that its has helped me………..

    It helped me to clear the rounds. And when I didn't told I was very much frightened and the whole interview went for a toss.. Its individual perspective .. but It can really help to take the pressure off.


    (April 16, 2010 - 5:29 am)

    Letting the cat out of the bag early, certainly helps! But it also depends on individual. I would suggest do what you want to do and then take responsibility for it and the consequences! Their's no perfect way to live life other than your way!

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