Weekly Spotlight - Unique Microsoft hiring program opens more doors to people with autism
This week your BYF team wants to share with you the story of Kyle Schwaneke and how this man suffering from an Autism Spectrum Disorder went from a very precarious situation to a stable, supportive and fulfilling job.
Unfortunately, such a precarious situation is far from being unusual as 80% of people with an Autism Spectrum Disorder are unemployed, all the more so as 1% of the world's population is estimated to suffer from this syndrome.
Consequently, during the World Autism Day, Mary Ellen Smith, Microsoft's corporate vice president of worldwide operations, stepped before the representatives of 193 countries at United Nations and announced that Microsoft was about to launch a pilot program to hire people with autism.
"By adjusting our hiring practices, we are able to recruit from a new talent pool – a talent pool that is rich with mad skills. We’re hiring these folks because they’re amazingly talented individuals who are going to help us do amazing things at Microsoft.” (Jenny Lay-Flurrie, chief accessibility officer at Microsoft
In order to recruit such amazingly skilled people, Microsoft implemented a creative and tailored interview process, a combination workshop and interview to help put job candidates at ease and therefore fully demonstrate their talent.