An interview with General Motors CEO Mary Barra- What shouldn't have been asked
Features Tuesday, July 01, 2014 - 05:30
The News Minute| July 1, 2014| 06:05 pm IST Anchor Matt Lauer from the NBC show Today interviewed Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors. Barra gas been with General Motors for 30 years now and is the first woman to hold the post. The questions- Did she get the job because she was a woman and a mom? Would she provide the company with a softer face? How did she plan to juggle between work and family? Kate Stoeffel, in an article for the New York Magazine tells prospective interviews how not do interview a woman CEO. She points out how Lauerâ€™s questioned were informed by Mary Barra being a woman and a mom rather than a CEO. Stoeffel also comments on whether men will ever be asked about how they balance their personal and professional lives. â€śShould qualified people turn down job offers because society finds them softer â€” a stereotype they did not ask for? And how will child-bearing women ever shed their softer image without doing things like running major automobile companies?â€ť The article reminds one of HRD Minister Smriti Irani's comment to a reporter when she was asked how she managed home and work. "Would you ask this to a male MP?", she replied. Read the complete report here.