- 4 years ago
- Wedding: October 2015
So I had an interview yesterday morning for a writer/editor position. The company owns several different magazines which I’d be writing for if I got the job.
If you’re somewhat familiar with me and my prior posts, you know that I’m hard of hearing. I wear a hearing aid in the left ear and I’m deaf in my right ear. I cannot understand people if I’m not facing them. I need to be able to see their face and their lips to understand what they’re saying. This tidbit is important later, I promise.
Anyway, our interview was held in their conference room. The guy that was interviewing me, he forgot to bring some of the company’s magazines. So he decided to go back to his office and get them.
I waited in the conference room, naturally. Now I was sitting with my back to the door. I heard the door open and I heard him say something.
But I didn’t understand what he said. So when he sat back down across from me, I asked him to repeat himself. He did, and all was well.
Later on in the interview, I decided to let him know that I was hard of hearing. The guy was a fast talker and I had to REALLY concentrate to get everything that he was saying so I thought it was best to let him know.
When I told him, he said “Oh yeah, I was gonna ask you about that because I noticed that you didn’t hear me earlier when I came in.”
When he said that, my first thought was “Um no buddy, you are not allowed to ask me that. And you shouldn’t have said that.”
But of course, I didn’t say that. I kind of laughed and explained in further detail about my hearing. And we continued the interview like normal.
I recounted the conversation to my SO and he said that since I brought my hearing up first, what the guy said was not illegal.
And I guess he’s technically right…but it’s still bothering me.
Am I wrong to be a little put off by this? I mean, it seems like if I had not said anything, the guy would have brought it up himself. And that’s DEFINITELY illegal.
But I still feel like what he said was sort of wrong. Like the only reason he didn’t ask me about my hearing first is because I beat him to it. That bothers me.
Am I overreacting?