Posted 17.06.2015 @ 1.17PM (Edited 17.06.2015 @ 1.22PM)
I am a visual and ux designer that had recently experience a rather & "interesting" experience.
I had an interview with a potential employer last week. I was very excited because it is one of the best agencies in Melbourne and people kills to work there. All went very well (this was the second interview) and according to them out of 124 applications I was one of the front runners, so as you can imagine I was a happy man.
However I got an email that was sent to me by accident... obviously was meant to be for someone else within the agency. The email stated:
**"...I believe this candidate is the most suitable of the lot: right attitude, shows professionalism, gives a good vibe, has a great folio,... however it puts me off a little that he is gay..."**
I must say that I was a bit disappointed... During the interview I mentioned that I have done some work for LGBTI organisations and that sort of ruled me out as they assumed that I was gay? This "gay" project is not even on my website, so it is not something that I am actually selling...
I wont name and shame the potential recruiter, because I do not want to give the impression that I can be a difficult person to work with because I am not.
I am sure that the creative people in Melbourne is not homophobic and this particular place has an issue they must address, but when looking for work being told that my sexual orientation can be an issue can really put me down.
I am just looking for a job to do what I love the most: problem solving through design. No matter how big or small the company is, I just would love to get to work with a team willing to push in the same direction to solve clients problems and have some fun along the way.
Should I pretend to be straight to get such job? Is there anyone out there willing to hire hard working graphic, ux designers (that happen to be gay?) Have you had encountered similar problems? This is my email is you want to share something: firstname.lastname@example.org
PS: I emailed back the potential employer. Just told them they sent the email to the wrong person. They profusely apologised. They hired the second best candidate.