Race Interview

This is a rant.

They say that, there’s a first time for everything. This is definitely the first time that I got asked by a candidate interviewing for an internship position in my company, on the races of the people working at my office.

I frowned, the moment he asked me that question and asked him his ‘reason’ for wanting to know such a thing. That’s when he backed off and tried to brush it off as a non-important question, that he had no reasons for asking it and was just asking for fun.

Wow.

Needless to say, I gave him a little tongue lashing. I reminded him that such a question was an extremely offensive one, even racist in nature, and that he should never ask questions like that unless he had very good reasons to do so. Such things shouldn’t be asked for ‘fun’.

I didn’t let him off that easily and pressed him for his reason and he said that he thought it important because he wanted to know what kind of environment he was going to be working in. I then asked him if he had any problems working with people from a different race, and he brushed it off.

Sigh.

What’s happening in our universities these days?

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Shawn Tan

Chip Doctor, Chartered Engineer, Entrepreneur, Law Graduate.

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