Friday, November 4, 2011
So, I went from a plant with all females except for Maintenance and Management to a plant with all males except for office personnel.
When I was interviewed for the job I was asked, "How do you think you'll be able to get along with all these men?" I answered, "I grew up with a father and seven brothers so I think I've dealt with every type of male personality and I not only triumphed; I prevailed."
After I was hired, the interviewer mentioned that he liked my answer to that question. I said, "Too bad it wasn't original!" Any time after that when I would say anything remotely clever he would ask, "Is that original?
It's astounding the number of illegal questions I was asked during interviews; e.g.: "What's your husband think about you working with men?"; "Are you planning on having a family?"; "Would your husband get mad if you worked overtime?"; "Do you have children?"; "Are you married?"; "If a man flirted with you at work, what would you do?"; "Are your children in school?"; "What does your husband do?"; "Where were you born?"; "Any problem working on Sunday?"; "Do you belong to any clubs?"; "Tell me about your family."
My answers depended on whether I thought I had a slight chance of getting the job or had no desire for the job.