I was recently rejected from a job after several phone interviews, which is nothing new considering I'm a recent graduate, but I had received nothing but enthusiasm and positive feedback during the interviews.
A friend of mine working at the company met with my interviewer, and he said that I had all the right skills for the job, was extremely smart and great with the case questions, but I didn't "sound passionate enough."
I have clinically diagnosed Asperger's - I've had a monotone voice my whole life. I've done all the special training, etc., to prepare for interviews and some really strong experience/academics to make up for it.
I don't know how to handle this situation, because it feels really off to be told that I'm perfect for the job, but the sound of my voice made me sound unenthusiastic, which is a huge red light for them since it would damage their "company culture" to hire someone like that. My friend told the hiring manager it was most likely my disability that caused me to sound like that, but his response was that it would "damage his reputation" if he was to bring me in for an onsite interview and I sounded like that in-person.
I'm in the US.
I'm not not looking for legal advice. How can I mitigate the issue of my expression and voice being perceived as unenthusiastic and monotone in job interviews?