Your self-directed employment assistant

Over the years I have gone to countless interviews. Some of these meetings took place in quaint non profits or super hip production houses, while others were in big corporations that were within glistening skyscrapers. The majority of my meetings and interviews with prospective employees went off without a hitch, but some had complications. These issues sprang from lack of an accessible location.

One of the first things I do when I get an offer for an interview— or an informational meeting — is to inquire if the location we will be meeting in is accessible to me. Most people understand that that means lack of stairs, elevator, wide spaces, etc. It’s important to be really specific to what you need and are expecting so that there isn’t any issues or misunderstandings. I had an informational meeting years ago and in planning for it there were facts that got lost in translation. When I got to the site it was apparent that there wasn’t a way for me to meet with the employee in the general office part, so we had to conduct our informational meeting in an empty space on the ground floor. It wasn’t ideal as it made me feel secluded from the bustle of the company and so I ended up not trying to pursue a connection with them. Around the same time I had an interview for an internship position which was in a fairly inaccessible space. There was a little bit of a step getting in, and once in my interview it was revealed to me that the intern was to be working in the lower level of the office which was only accessible via stairs. Needless to say I did receive the internship with them, but it was short term. I was able to work from home since my designated space within the company wasn’t accessible. Even though they were flexible with me on being able to work remotely, the whole experience made me feel weird and isolated.

When you look for employment, there’s always a chance that you’ll encounter a space that might not be accessible. However, if a building or space is up to code and hasn’t been renovated due to being a historical landmark, chances are that it’ll be accessible for an employee that requires there to be a lack of steps and an elevator. The most important thing for you, the jobseeker, to do is to make sure to communicate what your needs are. In doing so, hopefully that eliminates the opportunity for issues of access to arise. If you’d like to learn more about the ways in which employers can be accommodating to potential employees during the interview process, check out this informative article I came across. As always, be sure to check out our informative Digital Tip on this topic, too. Until next time, I hope you all enjoy the beautiful beginning of Spring. See you in May! 

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