What is Targeted Hiring?
Targeted hiring is a type of initiative used by public and private organizations to address employment barriers and help with the under-representation of designated groups to achieve equal employment opportunities. This is accomplished by narrowing the pool of candidates to specific categories of candidates, such as individuals with disabilities.
Q & A With a POGO School and Work Transitions Client
Q: What can you tell me about your recent interview where you were successful in being hired?
Client: I interviewed over the phone, which was nice as travelling can be difficult for me due to my disability. The questions were pretty much what I prepared for because my counsellor and I went through common interview questions and practiced them together over Zoom. We also discussed scenarios and did some mock interview style discussion. Because of this, I was able to answer the real interview questions with confidence.
Plus, the interviewers were very informative about what to expect on an average day.
Q: How is your employer being accommodating to you as a person with a disability in the workplace?
Client: The general attitude of my workplace is genuinely team-oriented! I was asked if I needed a chair, and from day one
, I have been greatly encouraged to ask for help. There’s even mental health support, which is quite a relief.
Q: Was your POGO Counsellor a resource in this process? If so, how did they help?
Client: My counsellor was very helpful during the whole process. Finding this job and ensuring my resume was in good shape, practicing for the interview, and ensuring I got placed at a store location I preferred is honestly going above and beyond.