7 Unconventional Ways to Hire the Best Tech Talent
Seek Out Candidates With Asperger's Syndrome
Novelist Douglas Coupland wrote in Microserfs: "I think all tech people are slightly autistic." Hyperbole, sure, but perhaps Asperger's syndrome has been called "the engineers' disorder" for a reason. Back in 1999 the Autism Research Institute listed "computer programmer" as a top recommended job for an adult with Asperger's, due to intense concentration ability and memorization skills associated with the disorder. In 2001, Wired pondered the unique high concentration of Asperger's diagnoses in Silicon Valley. Today, some firms see a candidate's diagnosis as positive; others say it's mandatory. Aspiritech, a Chicago non-profit, looks exclusively for programmers with the Autism-spectrum syndrome. —Christine Lagorio, with contributions from Michael Krakovsky.