I'm in process of interviewing to fill a large number of technical jobs. So far this year I've probably interviewed about 40 candidates and pre-screened another 100. I won't say it's a male dominated sector, but I haven't seen one female CV so far... (which I actually consider to be a problem).
Anyway, a colleague was asking how I was getting on and so I explained the process and mentioned the above numbers together with a rough strike rate.
She asked how we were assessing the applicant's softer skills, so my reply was along the lines of 'I'm asking them when was the last time you engaged your feminine or artistic side in the line of your work'. Not exactly meant as a serious answer, but she accused me of being sexist. I answered that I was only referring to the various different facets of everybody's personality, of which the feminine side was only meant as an example of one facet. There was absolutely no intention on my part to imply that women don't make excellent engineers as I have worked with, and recruited plenty more over the years.
I'm looking for impartial advice. Was my comment and it's reference to the feminine side sexist ?