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A friend pointed me toward this item on the Microsoft blog about Kyle Schwaneke, an employee on the autism spectrum.
Kyle's story is unfortunately entirely too common. People with autism have a high unemployment rate, even though many of them are more than capable of holding a full time job. They frequently do not interview well, and that often sinks their chances before they're even given an opportunity to show what they can contribute.
Microsoft has a strong commitment to inclusive hiring of persons with disabilities, and Kyle was hired under a new pilot program specifically targeting candidates on the autism spectrum.
I'm glad to see a corporation as huge as Microsoft thinking outside the box when it comes to hiring and recruiting. Cookie cutter candidate searches and generic interview questions don't work for everyone - and you may be missing incredible talent because of that. Finding a way to connect with a candidate and allow them to share with your their unique voice and perspective can only make you both better.