After you’ve filled out the application and perfected your resume, the next step is (hopefully) a job interview. While interviews are stressful for everyone, they can be especially trying for people on the autism spectrum. If you’re about to go on an interview, here are a few tips that will help ease your nerves – because remember, “you only get one chance to make a first impression.”
Show up Early
Most employers say you should show up for an interview 15 minutes early. This leaves you plenty of time to get acclimated to the office and use the bathroom if need be. It also shows that you can adhere to a schedule.
Before you even have the chance to introduce yourself, you have already made an impression based on how you are dressed. If you’re unsure of what to wear, know it’s always better to be overdressed than underdressed.
Do your Homework
Sorry, but the homework doesn’t end now that you’ve graduated. Get to know the company you are interviewing for by looking at their reviews online, their website and social media pages.
Know the Right Terminology
Make sure you know exactly what type of organization or department you are applying too. For example, not all organizations are companies so do not use the words interchangeably.
Read All the Literature They Give You
If they are giving you any pamphlets or reading materials, it’s probably for a reason. You never want to ask a question that is explicitly outlined in company materials.
End with a Question
An interview is a two way street. Most interviewers will encourage you to ask questions, so have a few prepared.
Good questions to ask are:
Can you tell me more about the day-to-day responsibilities of this job?
What are your expectations for this role during the first 30 days, 60 days, year?
Can you describe the culture of the company.
What are the biggest opportunities and challenges facing the company/department right now?
What do you enjoy most about working at this organization?
Are you or someone you know looking to find your path on the way to success while having a learning disability? Debra Solomon, Asperger’s and autism life and career coach helps young adults with autism and other learning disabilities identify their strengths and weaknesses to help find a job that best fits them! For more information about Debra Solomon’s coaching practice, visit her on the web.