The Job Search with ADHD: How to Communicate Your Strengths
It can be intimidating to reveal personal details about yourself during a job interview without feeling judged. But not to worry, it’s a natural instinct to be scared of disclosing personal information, mainly when it can be used against you. But again, If you are serious about getting a job and have ADHD, you want to emphasize how you can play a different ball game and use your ADHD talents to the fullest potential.
ADHD individual Strength
Let’s start by looking at ADHD strength in the workplace. It’s common for those with ADHD to have a:
- Higher level of creativity: If you doubt this, look up any famous artists, actors, and musicians with ADHD
- Ability to think outside the box: People with ADHD often come up with creative solutions to problems because their ADHD forces them to look at the issue from a different perspective—something that can be incredibly valuable to employers.
- Excellent people skills: The upside of having so much energy and enthusiasm is that it can come across as an infectious charisma.
- High commitment: Those with ADHD frequently take ownership of their tasks and are highly motivated to see them through.
These are just samples of ADHD strength in the workplace, but as the famous quote goes, “A person knows thyself”. You know what makes you unique and what talents you possess, whether it’s multitasking, juggling multiple tasks, finding joy in the chaos or something else entirely. Make sure to highlight them as good as possible to convince employers that hiring you is a wise.
How to Communicate Your Strengths
Now that you know the specific strengths of ADHD individuals, it’s time to learn how to articulate them without appearing arrogant or over-confident.
Focus on the office needs, not your ADHD
It’s tempting to slip in details of your ADHD during the interview and forget that it’s not the main focus. Remember that employers are more interested in how you will channel your uniqueness and fit in with your corporate environment. You can say something like: “I’m able to manage my ADHD in a way that helps me multitask and take on difficult projects confidently”. Or “I’m able to use my ADHD as a strength and work in a fast-paced environment with minimal supervision”.
Recall Your Accomplishments
To reinforce the credibility of ADHD superpowers, you can talk about a past project or accomplishment. For example, “Back in 2006, when I worked as a receptionist, I was able to have three classrooms full of students in a single day by utilizing my ADHD to manage the task efficiently.”
Communicating accommodations needs in a positive and proactive manner
Positive and proactive communication is critical here. Although employers will likely accommodate your needs, you want to ensure that they know you can still perform job requirements without special treatment. You can say something like:
“I’m able to manage my ADHD in a way that helps me stay on task, but I require help with things like auditory stimulation and focus. If the job requires a lot of concentration, I’m willing to work with my employer to find the best solution, such as using audio devices or having regular breaks”.
Everyone has unique strengths and weaknesses. If you have ADHD talents, don’t be afraid to speak up about your strengths and how you plan to use them in the workplace. Be positive, but also be honest. You might surprise yourself with how far you can go with the right attitude and communication.