Published on 12, July, 2020
I may have a job interview coming up soon and they know I'm Autistic. When I disclosed it to my current employer at HR they asked me what it is, how does it affect me. I explained its a spectrum and everyone is different, but its like asking someone to explain what being 'normal' or 'NT' is like. Being Autistic is normal, and as we're born with it and don't know any different. Does anyone have any advice on how to sum it up quickly, incase its brought up in the interview? I get mind blank in certain situations, like shut down. I'm anxious incase they think being Autistic will have a negative effect on them employing me. Thankyou.
I might point out your strengths. Many can critically evaluate and problem solve in much more efficient ways than NeuroTypical individuals. We all seem to love clear and direct communication. One of the…
Royal Blue said:its like asking someone to explain what being 'normal' or 'NT' is like.
Never thought of it like this before!
Whenever I have to explain to someone I just tell them that my world is like living in a Las Vegas Casino - everything is grossly overstimulating and amongst all that noise, I prefer things to be clear…
I might point out your strengths. Many can critically evaluate and problem solve in much more efficient ways than NeuroTypical individuals. We all seem to love clear and direct communication. One of the biggest issues with How Autistic Individuals communicate is that it tends to feel 'offensive' or 'rude' for NeuroTypicals. I like to tell others my Telepathy skills are wanting. And gently reinforce with phrases like, "gosh I really wish I could understand what you're saying"
It's importnat to remember that Autism isn't sort of an Anything Goes 'disability'. It's now being called ASC: Autistic Spectrum Condition. I like this chap's explanations www.youtube.com/watch
Thankyou for your reply JuniperFromGallifrey I will take what you said with me in my notes. That's helpful. You're right about direct speech. I often find myself decoding work emails or what someone has just said to me.
The youtube guy is good. I'm subscribed to him
just say it is a neurodevelopmental disorder so that your brain is hard wired differently to that of the typical brain. It manifests it self in different ways for each person.
eg some people can be a wee bit antisocial, some have obsessive interests which can be very useful
but with the right opportunity autistic people make very good employees so much so Microsoft goes out of its way to employ Autistic workers.
Whenever I have to explain to someone I just tell them that my world is like living in a Las Vegas Casino - everything is grossly overstimulating and amongst all that noise, I prefer things to be clear and concise - ambiguity or sudden changes causes me stress so I just need prior warning if possible.
I try to keep it short and simple so they don't register it as a massive problem for employment.
yes u have to be careful u dont drop into a vent say at an interview
Haha yes! I just meant in general. It's ironic isn't it, that one of the difficulties with AS is communication and its so difficult to explain to someone what it all means.
Vegas! I've used this... This is SUCH a great explaination.
What happens there, stays there. :)
ah yes i get it now