What is it like to interview a job candidate with blindness or visual impairment? Are there things you shouldn’t say? What kind of behavior is the candidate expecting from you?
Keep these points in mind during the interview, and remember — a person who is blind or visually impaired is, before anything else, a person.
So what can you do to attract more candidates with blindness or visual impairment to your search? Consider these interview tips for employers to expand a job posting’s reach.
1. Look beyond employee referrals — referrals are a trusted source of candidates, but they may inhibit diversity.
2. State your commitment to inclusion on your company’s career website.
3. Work with local and state agencies to source candidates with disabilities.
4. Expand your job posting presence beyond the mainstream channels — try out a diversity-focused job board.
5. Loosen restrictions on your applicant tracking systems — are you screening out candidates for unnecessary qualifications like driver’s licenses?