Handshake Report: Virtual Recruiting Levels the Playing Field for Neurodiverse Students

Their study finds that women, students of color, and neurodiverse students find virtual career events and interviews to be less anxiety-inducing, easier to balance, and more accessible when compared to meeting with prospective employers in person.

Key Takeaways:

“Students of all backgrounds—particularly Black, Latinx, women, and neurodiverse students—believe that virtual recruiting unlocks unique opportunities to connect with more employers and prepare in advance for those conversations.”

“The personal time with recruiters, lack of crowd noise and other distractions, and ability to focus on prepared talking points and questions helped build greater rapport with prospective employers.”

“Many respondents cited experiencing less anxiety and stress throughout the virtual recruitment process. Remote career events offer comfort to students across groups that traditionally face explicit and implicit bias, including students from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, women, and those who are neurodivergent or differently abled.”

“Being better able to prepare and participate in uninterrupted one-on-one time with recruiters provide a critical confidence boost to women as well as students from underrepresented backgrounds. To these students, personal one-on-one virtual interactions feel more fair to the screening process than the jostling, disruptions, and snap judgments they may have experienced while fighting for a recruiter’s attention at an in-person networking event.”

Click this link to read the Handshake Report in more detail.  

By Dan Poux (He/Him)
Dan Poux (He/Him) Career Coach Dan Poux (He/Him)