The problem is thinking about a group instead of individuals.

Our company held team interviews for computer programmers. Four team members conducted a pleasant conversation with the young lady. We used technology she had no experience with. I, the older guy, looked over my reading glasses while asking questions from a list. She got the job, then discovered that I did all training.

A couple weeks later, she said that I wasn’t anything like she expected.

Me: “Why did you leave your last job after 2 months?

Her: “They hired me for my expertise in X language for a project.”

Her: “They put me in a room to read manuals. After a couple weeks, I asked when I would start on that project.”

Them: “Oh, we cancelled that project months ago.”

Her: “I was hired to increase their female and black employee percentages. (important in the ‘80s)”

Me: “I didn’t recommend you for those reasons. You are smart, can learn on your own, and I don’t need to send you to a bunch of classes.”

It was a statement of fact about her, nothing more or less. Looking back, I thought I sounded kind of gruff, but maybe it was a wonderful complement. I'm curious if anybody wants to respond if it was or not.

I treated her just like everyone else. She always seemed excited about her projects.

William “Bill” Myers, Analyzes all, Programmer, retired. If you learn anything new, find enjoyment, have a new thought, then I’m successful. Photo: 1st article

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