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I want to start applying for web design/developer jobs.

This would be the first time for me.

Phone interviews (or even confirmed by phone) must be a thing, right?

I have a speech problem. Face to face I'm sort of fine but on the phone, I'd be useless.

How can I deal with this?

I don't want to be in danger of oversharing and as a result for my resume to be set aside.

Edit - more information

I have cerebral palsy. I've taken my time to try and improve it (gym mostly), now I can say with full confidence I'm could be a valuable member of any team with no special requirements.

The only problem is my speech. I find face to face interactions are a lot easier then over the phone (with the help of gestures, body language and so on).

I'm trying to figure out if phone interviews are something that is done frequently, would I be at a disadvantage if, therefore, I'm not available for them? Are they done only sometimes, therefore if I keep applying there will be enough companies that don't require phone interviews?

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    What speech problem only happens on phone? – Kilisi Feb 26 at 21:20
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    Would you have the same speech problem on a video interview? – sf02 Feb 26 at 21:20
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    @Kilisi In that face to face, it's easier to get the point across. Honestly, over the phone is much worse. – Cimi Feb 26 at 21:23
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    Thats not a speech problem, it's a communication one. – Kilisi Feb 27 at 3:50
  • How is skype any different from a phone call? What makes you able to communicate better over that than a phone call? – Dan Feb 27 at 17:45
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Whether your request would cause a red flag all depends on how you phrase it.

Don't just say:

I can't do phone interviews due to a speech problem.

Say something like:

I would prefer on site interviews, but if that is not possible a Skype/video conference interview work well for me.

As long as you phrase your request in a positive manner, the recruiter should not have any issues trying to accommodate you. Just keep in mind that some companies do conduct phone interviews and you may be limiting your opportunities.

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    Yep, always offer what you really want, not what you don't want. Rather than saying, "I can't..." say "I can..." excluding the thing you don't like. If they can't take the hint, then something is very wrong. – Dan Feb 27 at 17:43
  • I shouldn't say anything in the cover letter, only when they contact me, or put this in the cover letter? – Cimi Feb 28 at 12:41
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They'll contact you by email first (people are busy, and won't be available to take a phone call with no warning). If they do so and ask when you're available for a phone interview, respond with something of the form "I have a disability that makes phone conversations hard. Can I have a face-to-face interview please?"

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    That's it, but when is the right time to mention it – Cimi Feb 26 at 21:24
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    When asked if they're available for a phone interview. – user3482749 Feb 26 at 21:24
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    @user3482749 so leave the phone number out of the cv and just provide email? – Cimi Feb 26 at 21:26
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    @user3482749 and upon the email state that I prefer face to face, right? – Cimi Feb 26 at 21:39
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    @Cimi Yes, exactly. – user3482749 Feb 26 at 21:41

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