Do you have bias against female engineers?
I just got a job offer at my top choice company. I thought my interview loop was extremely easy and I’m honestly surprised I got the job. I can’t help but think the hiring manager lowered the bar to hire me because I’m a woman.
I felt like this when I got my current job, too, and personally saw another female engineer get hired because my manager at the time wanted another female on the team even though I didn’t think she was that great of a candidate. It made me self-conscious to wonder if that’s how I got hired, too.
I’m not saying this happens every time because I’ve been interviewing for 4 months and have been rejected a bunch after phone screens and this is my first offer. Regardless, there’s always this fear that when I succeed it’s due to people being lenient because I’m female. I don’t want that kind of special treatment and want to be judged by my skills.
I most definitely do not want my coworkers to think that about me and it gives me imposter syndrome and anxiety to think that could be true.
I guess my question is, do you have an inherit bias towards female engineers and assume she doesn’t know her shit or you do the opposite and go easy on her because she’s female? Both types of thinking is sexist in my opinion and it’s really awkward to deal with (especially when people act “impressed” by my achievements as if I shouldn’t have them compared to any other ‘dude’).
I really just want to know what people (both men and women) think. I won’t judge if you admit to being biased (intentionally or unintentionally).