Job Interviewing 101: Virtu Financial and the New Frontier

Acing the interview is essential for anyone searching for a new job. While a strong resume may spark an employer’s interest, it is the interview that reveals the candidate’s personality and convinces those hiring that they are a good fit for the position. And in this job market, we could all use a good coach.

Recently, participants in Birch’s New Frontier program were invited to corporate partner Virtu Financial’s offices in downtown Manhattan to learn the Dos and Don’ts of interviewing for a job. Through role-playing exercises, participants interviewed with the firm’s crack Human Resources staff and received valuable feedback and advice related to their performance. There were also opportunities for networking and a tour of the office.

“Virtu Financial is a leading technology firm in New York City and committed to inclusive hiring practices, so much so that Virtu hired a former New Frontier participant!” — Ludovica Alcorn, employment manager, New Frontier

Formerly ITG, Virtu Financial is a founding member of Birch’s Corporate Advisory Network (CAN), which is committed to the principles of Diversity and Inclusion in the workplace for individuals with autism and developmental disabilities. CAN serves as an advisory body and strategic partner committed to sharing best practices, expertise, and opportunities that will help facilitate employment and internship opportunities for individuals.

Through New Frontier, Birch Family Services provides adults with autism and developmental disabilities with vocational preparation, job acquisition, and ongoing employer and employee support so they can thrive in both their job search and their chosen careers. Out staff helps participants develop the skills needed to communicate appropriately and understand group social dynamics. Experience shows that people with disabilities and the companies that employ them require a flexible process designed to personalize their relationship in a manner that meets the needs of both parties. New Frontier staff ensures a collaborative partnership among employee and employers so that the needs of both parties are met.

“Virtu Financial is a leading technology firm in New York City and committed to inclusive hiring practices, so much so that Virtu hired a former New Frontier participant!” said New Frontier employment manager Ludovica Alcorn. “At this professional development event, a number of program participants were offered a Q & A session, mock interviews, and networking opportunities with Virtu staff. It was very well-received and a great way to re-connect with the corporate world!

With the cooperation of our corporate partners like Virtu and other members of the Corporate Advisory Network, New Frontier is committed to supporting young adults with intellectual disabilities in overcoming obstacles to employment and independence.

New Frontier