It was the first question we were asking candidates to be our new office receptionist.
Before she said, "Well, I grew up around my grandmother who couldn't walk -- it was sad," our erstwhile candidate said, "Oh, stereotypes, I don't know -- I just really don't know any." (It occurred to us later that she might known what "stereotypes" meant, even though she claimed to be really interested in her recent neuropsychology classes...)
I generally hate interviewing people, and this time was no exception (although I do hate interviewing for jobs worse than I hate interviewing others). But, I have to say that, in my almost 48 years, this woman was the most breathtakingly dumb person I had ever encountered in this setting. I mean, wow. I was so taken aback that I got a temporary brainlock, looking down at the questions I was supposed to ask her. My mind was screaming "this is over" and "abort, abort", while my colleagues were looking expectantly at me to barf out the next question.
She was so bad that I would have suspected it was an elaborate "punking", except that I know we're all way to busy around here to set up something like that.
Another page in this same folio...
Years ago, I was working with this highly over qualified, intelligent woman, who was working more or less as a receptionist, and I was working as an independent contractor, doing word processing at her company. In the course of conversation one afternoon, I mentioned that because of the appearance of my skin -- which looks really dry and flaky -- combined with a slow and painful gait, I had often experienced discrimination. Socially, in the work place, in school -- you name it.
She was stunned. College-educated, liberal, aware of the Civil Rights Movement, and Women's Movement -- and was stunned that persons with visible disabilities would experience discrimination. I was stunned that she was stunned.
I wonder if she could have answered that "stereotypes" question.