Hi friends,
Pass one year i searching job in IT. but i didn't get because of my stammering. My interview times when HR notice my stammering they asking about my stammering. finally they say IT company's need good communication. try to improve..
Please advice me how to face interviews..?

From India, Mumbai
Loginmiraclelogistics & Management)
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Here’s what you can do:
a) Learn techniques to minimize your anxiety before the interview. (breathing techniques, visualization, affirmations)
b) Use Self-disclosure: When you start talking, tell the interviewer about your stammering and request him to focus on your content.
c) If you think you are feeling too anxious during the interview, tell the interviewer that you need to have water and you need a 30 second break. Share your anxiety and it is perfectly ok to do that. You will feel much better once you release your anxiety.
d) When the interview is over, ask for specific feedback. Ask the interviewer to rate you on your skill-set and knowledge.
e) Work upon your speech.
I am sure you would have consulted a good speech therapist. I have seen dramatic change in some of my clients after speech therapy. Call me or write to me and I might be able to guide you more.
All the Best!

From India, Delhi

Mr.Atul has given good advice.Probably while attending interviews, you must be worrying about selection because of stammering and this must be causing anxiety and stammering. Even people with normal speech, stammer a little when anxious or angry.As Atul rightly advised, do not focus on your stammering and do not entertain any doubts about selection.Relax. This will reduce greatly the anxiety levels and stammering.It is not that every employer/ interview panel focus on stammering and most of them want some with strong skill sets, more so in IT.Wait till you meet such employer and in the mean time, you can try following these suggestions.

1) Try a speech therapy programme.

2) Believe that you can get over this problem

2) Try to work on some project even as an intern and involve in it so that you can ishow it as an accomplishment in your CV to highlight your skill sets.

3) Try to acquire an IT skill that is much in demand ( even as intern) so that the employers feel compelled to take you.

4) Try applying for IT officer jobs in public sector undertakings like banks insurance, steel or oil companies where the selection is based on the performance in competitive exams and principle of equal opportunity to all.

Hope this helps



HR & IR Advisor

From India, Mumbai

Dear Atul,

Read this article:

Kingly Speech: 12 Famous Stutterers Who Overcame Communications Challenges

Oscar's 83rd Best Picture Gives Voice to Strong Stutterers

Yahoo Contributor Network By Linda Ann Nickerson

Actor Colin Firth won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his staggering role as the stammering King George VI of England. Screenwriter David Seidler, who personally overcame stuttering, took home top honors for the original screenplay. Tom Hooper won Best Director, and "The King's Speech" won Best Picture.

It was a sure sweep for stutterers at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards in 2011.

"We have a voice," said Seidler,70, "We have been heard."

What is stuttering?

Stuttering is a speech disorder, marked by repetitive sounds and abnormal pauses. This may be accompanied by seemingly erratic facial movements or body gestures. Stuttering may be caused by genetics, developmental delays, neurological or physiological issues, family dynamics, stress or any combination of these factors.

An estimated 68 million people worldwide may stutter, or stammer, according to The Stuttering Foundation. This speech impediment, which tends to affect males four times as often as females, has afflicted several successful celebrities, past and present.

Here are a dozen stellar stutterers.

British comedian and actor Rowan Atkinson ("Blackadder" and "Mr. Bean") struggles with a stutter, which seems to improve when he adopts a character persona.

Emily Blunt ("Gnomeo & Juliet" and "Gulliver's Travels") has revealed that she stepped into acting to work through childhood stammering.

Anthony Hopkins ("Silence of the Lambs") related a stammer and lisp from his youth, which he overcame to become an acting legend.

A speech therapist apparently advised a young Samuel L. Jackson ("Pulp Fiction") to audition for a school play to relieve a stuttering issue.

James Earl Jones ("Field of Dreams"), perhaps the most famous voice-over talent ever, was basically mute for much of his childhood, refusing to reveal his stammer. Darth Vader ("Star Wars") and Mufasa ("The Lion King") may thank Jones' personal persistence and a high school poetry teacher for helping him to find his voice.

Harvey Keitel ("The Piano" and "Reservoir Dogs") has confessed that he was often urged to hush as a child, so as to conceal his stutter.

Stuttering may have been just one of the trials faced by Marilyn Monroe ("Some Like It Hot").

Julia Roberts ("Erin Brockovich" and "Pretty Woman") and her brother, actor Eric Roberts ("Star 80"), apparently stuttered in their younger years.

Jane Seymour ("Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman") may be another famous former stammerer.

Singer-songwriter Carly Simon ("You're So Vain") overcame stuttering with song.

Perhaps the most readily recognized stuttering celebrity was Jimmy Stewart ("It's a Wonderful Life").

As a college student, Bruce Willis ("Die Hard") worked with a speech therapist to beat a stammer.

In addition, Clara Barton, Joe Biden, Nicholas Brendon, Lewis Carroll, Winston Churchill, Roman Emperor Claudius, Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Charles Darwin, Raymond Massey, Somerset Maugham, Jack Paar, Joseph Priestley, Theodore Roosevelt, John Stossel, John Updike, Virgil, Bill Walton, George Washington, Bill Withers, Tiger Woods, Mel Tillis and the prophet Moses have been popularly known as stutterers. <link fixed>


So you are not alone, your problems can be overcome. Others have provided well thought out suggestions. I learnt many like you suffer only because of the thought of this always at the back of your mind. For a moment you remove this thought you'll be alright.

If necessary consult Your Doctor and see whether he can help you to manage the interview.

All the best.

From India, Bangalore

Hi Kumar S (Loginmiraclelogistics), I think you got confused between Vijay and my name- Atul. Vijay is the one who has started this post and I have replied to his post!!
From India, Delhi

This is indeed a confidence boosting contribution from Mr.Kumar.S and is very motivating. Thanks for the same. B.Saikumar, In-house HR & IR Advisor,
From India, Mumbai

Dear Vijay,
I forgot to mention about a movie you must see.
Front of the Class is a 2008 American drama film based on the book by Brad Cohen. Brad Cohen's story starts as a young boy whose mother helped doctors to realize that he had Tourette syndrome (a condition in which a person makes noises or does something he has no control on).
With his mother's help and the support of his school principal, Brad eventually becomes an award-winning teacher. Thanks to his mother never giving up, Brad is a success story and shares his success with everyone around him.
Here’s the YouTube link to the movie:
I am sure there are a lot of people at cite hr who are with you and support you. Please see this movie and take inspiration from it. I wish you all the very best!

From India, Delhi

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