To assist me at the exam I had to select two Proctors; one of them was with me today. Not very diligent, as it turned out, didn’t read the Manual thoroughly as instructed, etc but he’s a tall and imposing guy, and quite an extravert (works in PR). The exam location was in a big hotel; after today’s portion, when candidates left, hotel technician walks in to talk about audio equipment we need for tomorrow; in his hands he holds an invoice that lists me as a contact person nevertheless, he addresses strictly and directly my Proctor. Several times I interjected a sentence in their dialog, trying to make him understand that C. is not the person to discuss it but he ignored me completely!
Apparently he’s not prepared to deal with the notion that the woman might be the one in charge:
I’m standing right in front of the guy, look him in the eye, saying something about the timing of the equipment delivery he listens and then turns 90deg. towards a man and directs his answer to him!
And I thought I was an atavistic throwback to pre-Medieval times.
Now: would the technician have behaved differently had the proctor been not so “tall and imposing”?