Why an Autistic Developer is Your Next Great Hire w/ Matt Nigh of UW Medicine
Neurodiversity in the workplace can lead to great heights, and Matt Nigh, Data Engineering Manager at UW Medicine, is here to give his perspective as an Autistic dev
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Like most fast-growing companies, LinearB spends WAY too much time trying to hire developers.
So when we came across a brilliant article about hiring autistic talent, we knew we had to have its author Matt Nigh on the podcast. Matt is one of the most prominent thought leaders on neurodiversity in the workplace.
Matt himself was diagnosed with autism late in life following a very unique job interview at Google. He’s since spent countless hours researching, writing and talking about how companies can not only bring neurodiverse talent into the fold, but why engineering teams thrive when they do.
In this episode of Dev Interrupted we talk with Matt about best practices in recruiting, hiring and working with neurodiverse coders, how his interview at Google interview led to an autism diagnosis, the ways Matt’s data team at the University of Washington is helping combat COVID and what private companies can learn from the ROI metrics of universities and public institutions.
Dan and Matt also took some time to geek out about GitLab.
We hope this conversation was as enlightening for you as it was for us and we hope it helps you find your next great hire.
Episode Highlights Include:
- How Matt’s autism diagnosis changed his career
- Hiring neurodiverse talent
- Inclusive interview best practices for neurodiverse candidates
- ROI metrics: public sector vs private sector
- UW’s data team and its efforts to combat COVID
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