I had an interview part way through May, tbh it was more of an informal chat than an interview. I got through the informal chat and am now preparing for a trial day. So there are a few things that were interesting in terms of the recruitment process:
Firstly the job was aimed at neurodiverse people. Employers aren’t that open to taking on people from neurodiverse backgrounds (especially those on the Autistic spectrum). So it’s good to have employers that champion neurodiversity.
Secondly, it was an informal chat and not an interview, which is good for those on the spectrum. People on the spectrum tend to do poorly at interviews due to the following:
- nerves-anxiety is a big issue for a lot of Autistic folks
- our condition makes our work history a bit shaky
- some people can have a problem with taking things too literally (not an issue in my case)
- problems with knowing what the interviewer is looking for when they ask a particular question.
Interviews aren’t the best form of recruitment for candidates in general; they are about as much use as tossing a coin. As interviews fail wrt choosing the right candidate, they are a waste of resources.
Thirdly instead of drilling you at an interview, they have a trial day to assess your suitability which seems fairer.
The trial day is in June, so I am taking June off to ensure that I am as prepared as possible.
So the final thing: if I get the job, I will still blog, but it will be once a month. See you in July, and I’ll update you then!