Are there general guidelines for interviewing Deaf people?
Being Deaf, I asked my prospective employer if I could have a copy of the questions they would ask me at the interview. They said no, as it would be discriminating against hearing applicants and therefore not ‘equal opportunities’. What do you think?
That is total bollocks, but I’m afraid you might have a hard time proving this. Something very similar happened to me many years ago when I went for a headship. I asked if I could have an individual tour with the head before joining the other applicants for the main tour. They told me exactly the same thing.
I did not challenge it there and then, as I knew it would label me as a ‘troublemaker’ (most assertive deaf people are considered ‘troublemakers’). But I have thought a lot about it since.
Of course, when I joined the main tour, I missed out on what was being said, so the hearing applicants gained more than I ever did.
Back to you. Could you explain firmly, but kindly, that you do not wish to put others at a disadvantage, but you are not asking for information in advance of the interview – you just need a copy of the questions upon you entering the room. (You may have to explain again – duh!). If any of the other applicants have a communication issue too, then tell the interviewer you would be happy for them to have their own copy of the questions, again as they come into the room.