If your job application is short-listed for an interview, you will be contacted by someone at the organisation by telephone or email to provide you with information about the interview and arrange a suitable time. The person who contacts you may be someone from the company’s Human Resources department, or it may be your future supervisor. At this point, you have not yet been offered the job, but the employer believes that your application is strong enough for the organisation to want to get to know you more to see if you will be a good fit for the job and the organisation. An interview is also your opportunity to get to know more about the job and whether the role and the organisation would be a good fit for you.
When you’re contacted, it’s a good idea to ask some questions so that you can prepare yourself for the interview. However, if you don’t remember everything, it’s OK to contact them again before the interview to ask any further questions that you may have. The more information you have the better prepared you will be for the interview.
Examples of questions you may ask when you are contacted for an interview are:
Ask for the details of the interview to be confirmed in a follow-up email that is sent to you, and ask for the name of someone at the organisation that you can contact if you have any further questions prior to the interview.
There may be a number of things you want to practise before your interview. This could include:
It’s important to note that employers usually like you to answer interview questions using the STAR method (Situation, Task, Action, Result) using an example from your previous life or work experience.
For more information (and some examples), visit Indeed’s guide on How to Use the STAR Interview Response Technique.
Some items to typically bring to an interview include:
Although it’s wise to check with the employer first, you’re generally allowed to bring some prepared notes into an interview. This can be especially helpful if you tend to get flustered when thinking on the spot, and if you want to jot down some relevant examples to prompt you. Use the position description and the STAR method as a guide for structuring your notes. However, keep them brief – you don’t want to overwhelm yourself with too much information!
Think about what you will wear to the interview. You might like to check out our What to Wear to a Job Interview article for some ideas.
Remember that if you choose to disclose your autism diagnosis to the employer, you’ll be entitled to interview adjustments which you can negotiate before your interview. Examples of these adjustments include: