Spokane County January Interview Event

On January 26, 2017, HireAbility Spokane partnered with Spokane County in a special event that aimed to coordinate preparatory interviews between select Spokane County department managers and several individuals with disabilities.

HireAbility Spokane has created interview events such as this with two goals in mind. First, it is an opportunity for the interviewees to gain valuable interviewing experience in a real world setting. Second, it is an opportunity for organizational leaders to work on their interviewing skills as they apply to different workforce populations.

While HireAbility has partnered with other organizations for interview events in the past, this was the first ever event of this type for Spokane County. All of the department managers involved felt it was a very educational experience as well as being very impressed with the interview skills that the individuals displayed.

“Everyone was so open and honest about their strengths and areas they felt less confident in,” said John Dickson, CEO for Spokane County. “The candidates we interviewed were all dressed very professionally and they all seemed very well prepared,” he added.

For the individuals being interviewed, these opportunities are very important to their own professional development. While there are no specific job openings that they are being interviewed for, they are making valuable contacts with business leaders and organizations. Occasionally those contacts have led to job opportunities down the road (please read Darren Driggs success story).

“The good folks here who interviewed me gave me lots of good feedback that I’m definitely going to consider for my next interview” said Larry Hill, one of 9 individuals being interviewed. “I just took a deep breath and gave it my best shot and now I just have to keep my fingers crossed that a job opportunity will grow out of this” he added.

If you’re interested in learning more about how your organization can partner with HireAbility Spokane for a preparatory interview event and an opportunity to witness the diverse skills, abilities and experience of some amazing job candidates first hand, please contact us at info@hireabilityspokane.org.

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