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Practice Interview Event 2022

Applications have now closed for our next event starting 9th May.

Applicants will be advised in the next two weeks whether or not your application has been successful together with further information.

Why Practice Interviews?
Interviews are a difficult and stressful workplace hurdle that everyone has to face.

Especially so for people who stutter who often experience bias in interviews that favour spoken fluency over substance. They also face difficult decisions about whether or not, and how, to disclose their stutter.

It’s a “lose-lose” situation. People who stutter miss out on the right roles for their talents while employers miss out on talented employees, who often bring hard-earned strengths in resilience, empathy, creativity and listening.

This is where our Practice Interview Event comes in.

What’s in it for me?
There are 50 million reasons why you should take part!

Supported by leading employers Compass, EY, Michael Page, Reach and TSB Bank, we’re collaborating with individuals and employers to provide interview practice for those who stutter – as well as for those interviewing them. It’s an opportunity to practice in a judgment-free environment and learn from people who really want you to succeed.

The context will be up to the interviewee to choose: it could be a practice interview for a new job, a promotion, or any other work situation where you’re expected to answer or ask questions under pressure.

You can get involved whether you stutter or not.

If you stutter, you can participate as an interviewee or an interviewer to improve your skills in either role.

If you don’t stutter, and work in HR, D&I or Talent Attraction, or your role includes interviewing people, you can participate as an interviewer. Interviewees who stutter must be age 18 upwards and interviewers age 25 upwards.

For more info and feedback on previous events, click here for our Practice Interview section.

When is it and how will it work?
The event will start on Monday 9th May and conclude on Thursday 12th May.

Mon 9 May 2022, 16:00 – 17:30 (UK time):
Mandatory Educational Briefing for all participants led by Iain Wilkie, founder 50 Million Voices, Elias Apreko, Co-founder the Ghana Stammering Association, Shilpa Sagwal, co-leader of the Women who Stammer wing of the Indian Stammering Association and Sam Simpson, speech and language therapist. For more detailed bios see ‘Who We Are’ here.

Mon 9 May 2022 to Thu 12 May 2022:
1:1 online practice interviews and feedback sessions – 1 hour each (arranged by participants)

Thu 12 May 2022: 16:00 – 17:00
Group Feedback session led by Sam Simpson and Elias Apreko

Please note: to help ensure the quality of the experience, it is mandatory for all interviewees and interviewers to attend the Briefing session. Non-attendance will result in immediate withdrawal from the programme.

The interviews
Each interview should last for an hour including time for feedback between the interviewer and interviewee.

We will create interview pairs by using the information you provide to us to match you with your interviewees / interviewers. We will advise you of the name and contact details of your interviews / interviewer in advance.

You should then contact them to agree the timing and platform you will use for your interview eg Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Skype.

Interviews should take place any time between the initial briefing and the feedback session.

The ending Group Feedback session is an opportunity to share your experiences and learn from others, including from participants from different countries and cultures.

How much time will I need to commit?
We’re asking for a minimum of 4 hours of your time to cover your preparation, the briefing, interviewee CV review, one interview and the feedback session.

What about different languages?
50 Million Voices has leaders in 13 countries with a rich diversity of languages, culture, and attitudes towards stuttering. Therefore, it’s possible that you’ll be paired with someone from a different country and time zone with the learning opportunity that brings.

How can I apply?

Applications have now closed for our next event starting 9th May.

Applicants will be advised in the next two weeks whether or not your application has been successful together with further information.

Thank you for your interest and if you have any questions, please email Shilpa Sagwal at info@50millionvoices.org

all times are UK summer time

May 9 4:00 pm May 12 5:00 pm UTC+0


May 9 @ 4:00 pm UTC+0
May 12 @ 5:00 pm UTC+0


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