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    Using clean language interviewing to explore the lived experience of neurodifferent job applicants

    Doyle, Nancy and Waseem, Uzma (2022) Using clean language interviewing to explore the lived experience of neurodifferent job applicants. In: Cairns-Lee, H. and Lawley, J. and Tosey, P. (eds.) Clean Language Interviewing. Emerald, pp. 101-115. ISBN 9781801173315.

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    Clean language is the foundation of coaching work delivered by Genius Within, a non-profit company that provides assessment, coaching, training and HR consultancy for neurodifferent adults and their employers. Genius Within works with thousands of employed and unemployed clients each year as well as those who are incarcerated. Evaluation of clean language in coaching for neurodifferent clients has formed the basis of two doctoral theses (Doyle, 2018; Banfield, in prep). The technique’s utility in drawing out experiences of mastery is in line with self-efficacy theory (Bandura, 1997) and has been demonstrated to be particularly successful with this minority population (Doyle, 2021; Doyle & McDowall, 2015). As such, the staff of Genius Within apply clean language fluently in a range of contexts, across multiple research activities, training and awareness initiatives, as well as workplace intervention programmes. In this chapter, two Genius Within employees who are also involved in academic research describe the use of a clean language interviewing (CLI) approach to evaluate a psychometric tool used in recruitment. The authors were commissioned by the test designer to identify the prevalence of implicit biases within the tool, which might constitute hidden barriers for neurodifferent applicants. The chapter is introduced with a brief history of neurodifferences and a contextual frame for the study, followed by outlining our process and results. We will conclude with proposals for the utility of CLI more broadly within neurodiversity as a method of facilitating innovation and dismantling socially constructed norms.


    Item Type: Book Section
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Business and Law > Birkbeck Business School
    Research Centres and Institutes: Neurodiversity At Work, Centre for
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2022 13:41
    Last Modified: 22 Jan 2024 15:50


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