I've been looking for an extra nursing assistant for my mom, almost 98yrs. old, in late stage of dementia, at home with me and my husband. What a variety of people applying! I'm so aware of how easy it is to stereotype. Do I want someone in my house who is ditzy enough to get lost 3 times on her way? Do I mind if someone is so overweight that it's hard to be next to my mom and me guiding her up the stairs? Do I want someone who sounds suspicious, even paranoid, when answering the phone to an unknown caller? How about someone with bad grammar? What about someone who was fired due to absenteeism (due to illness) from a cleaning job at a hotel?Or someone whose voicemail isn't set up on her cell phone?
Shouldn't my criteria be someone with relevant experience, the right hours available, good references, and nice personality? Someone honest, clean, a nonsmoker, and a car which doesn't leak oil in the driveway, possibly a cell which is free to mine. I'll try not to let sterotypes get in the way. But it's easy to understand how they can.