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Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Is Using Relay Call Bad Move for Job Interview?
The recruiter wanted to interview me by phone, so they asked for my phone number. They wanted to know more about my sewing experience, my education, & what I have done since I last sent them the job application. Of course, I gave them my number, & still, I did not mention the fact that it was a video relay. In the back of my mind, I was nervous about how they would react to it when they call. I did not know how to tell them for fear that it might influence their opinion of me as a professional.
A day later...
I sat by my phone and waited for a call at an exact time they said they'd call because I did not like having that call go to the sign mail if I miss it. Finally, the visual ringing came up on my phone's screen, prompting me to thumb-touch on the little green phone-shaped icon. A video popped up as it showed a sign language interpreter explaining (I hate that part!) to the caller about the video relay.
After the interpreter finished explaining, the caller sounded somewhat confused for a few moment at first & then cleared her throat. She began by asking, "uh, um...is this Sarah?"
I replied, "Yes, this is Sarah."
She then said, "We wanted to interview you about one of our available positions for seamstresses. We reviewed your resume & wanted to know what you have done since you last submitted your job application?" Or something along that line.
I answered her questions & elaborated my experience of working as a seamstress. It lasted about five minutes of our phone interview, & then she said she'd call me to set up a real job interview, which she never did. I'm sure she's found someone who was more qualified than me, but that's OK.
I have to say, conversing in the video relay with a job interviewer who had never heard of it made the situation very awkward. Should I have explained the relay call to recruiter before doing a job interview? I feared it might confuse them because it wasn't something they have accustomed to.
Have you ever encountered a problem like this?