Neurodiversity & Recruitment | Gina
Earlier this week, I had a really great call with a candidate who had been recommended SR2 in their job search
They told me that they had struggled to find a good Recruitment company in the past - having received a recent ADHD diagnosis, and going through a career change, it was important for them to have support from an agency who understood their situation.
I responded by telling them that we are big supporters of neurodiversity in tech here at SR2, to which they replied “that’s great, but what do you actually mean by that?”
And it was such a good question! What does this really mean- from the perspective of a neurodiverse person who is searching for a new job?
To me, it means if someone chooses to tell you they are neurodiverse (because they don’t have to!), it’s about asking them what more you can do to support them in an interview process, and having awareness that there may be areas they don’t find as easy as a neurotypical person.
🔹Perhaps some don’t enjoy phone calls and would rather WhatsApp you instead?
🔹Maybe some struggle in face to face interviews, but excel in their day to day job?
🔹Or perhaps some don’t do so well in written tasks, but they can smash a competency based interview out the park?
Neurodiversity is vast, from ADHD, to dyslexia, autism, OCD and more. It’s on such a scale, and there are many people that go their entire lives without being diagnosed.
I'm by no means an expert in this field, but it's something I want to become more aware of, as I continue to support a diverse range of wonderful humans whilst they find a new role.
I want to know what us Recruiters can do better, to support neurodiverse folk in their job search?