This week, Clayton, one of the people we support, came into our head office in Bromborough to help the HR team interview potential new support staff.

Clayton is no stranger to interviews, having recently been involved in the process to choose a new staff member to support him. On that occasion the candidates visited Clayton at home, but this interview was taking place more formally, at Oak House.

Beforehand, Clayton was excited and told his friends at the Meeting Together Forum that he was looking forward to interviewing alongside Julie. But, he also mentioned he wasn’t happy at having to iron a shirt for the occasion!

Clayton came prepared for the interviews with some questions he had written in advance:

  • I have lots of hobbies and interests such as drumming, listening to music and going to the zoo. What are your hobbies and interests?
  • Keeping healthy is really important to me. I do this by doing regular exercise such as walking, swimming and cycling. What do you do to keep healthy?
  • My favourite food to eat is curry, but I like to try and cook new foods. What is your favourite food and do you like cooking?

Kate Knight (pictured above left), from our Human Resources team, organised the interviews alongside Julie Logan, Autism Together’s Quality and Assurance Manager.

Julie said: “Clayton shared some great skills this week, while interviewing for some new staff. I’m pleased to say that Clayton helped us identify 3 candidates to become support workers and they have all been offered a position. Well done Clayton!

“Other people we support from the Together Forum group said that they would like to be involved in future interviews, which is excellent news.”

Kate said: “As an organisation, we recognise the importance of the people we support giving feedback and sharing their thoughts and ideas about the support they receive from Autism Together.

“That this feedback process begins right at the beginning of a staff member’s journey with us, is of real value and can only improve the standard of service and support we are able to provide.”