Interview Preparation & Rehearsal Employment Program
Even the most academically successful Autistic high school or college graduates may struggle to obtain the job they desire. Interviewing and networking are particularly difficult because of challenges in pragmatics, theory of mind and social communication so common among Autistic individuals. Responding to this need, AANE has designed a 10-session intensive Job Interview Training Program. The curriculum for the program includes, networking, phone interviews, appropriate dress, nonverbal communication and responding to questions. In addition, as part of the program, clients are paired with a LifeMAP coach. The client participates in a series of actual interviews with business professionals who provide structured feedback on the client’s performance, interspersed with coaching to review feedback and prepare for the next interview. Structured practice with the interview process can reduce anxiety, build skills and increase confidence for real world interviews.
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