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Woman Asks Prospective Employee Basic Questions, Gets Denied Second Interview For It

Interviews can be nerve-wracking experiences at the best of times, many websites recommend that interviewees engage with their potential employees by being inquisitive and upfront with any questions they have. However, an incident on 21 March, 2017, has challenged this popular view after a woman named Taylor Byrnes shared her terrible experience interviewing for the company, SkipTheDishes, on the popular social media platform, Twitter. Ms. Byrnes uploaded screenshots of an email exchange between her and a woman named Victoria, presumably charged with hiring for SkipTheDishes along with the message: “Applied for a job at @SkipTheDishes. They cancelled my interview b/c I asked about wages/benefits @CBC @CBCNews @ctvwinnipeg #boycottSkip”.

Ms. Byrnes contacted the hiring liaison at SkipTheDishes, a food delivery company, prior to a scheduled interview, politely enquiring in relation to further details about the position. Ms. Byrnes’ email read: "Hi Victoria, I had another question that I wanted to ask you," Byrnes's initial email reads: "If I do end up filling this position, how much do you think I'll be getting paid an hour? Benefits will also be included, right? Sorry, I just thought I should ask now. Thanks for your time and have a lovely day". However, Ms. Byrnes’, reasonable enquiries were met with displeasure by Victoria who responded by saying: "Hello Taylor, your questions reveal that your priorities are not in sync with those of SkipTheDishes. At this time we will not be following through with our meeting this Thursday". Outraged, Ms. Byrnes subsequently posted her now viral tweet and encouraged people to boycott the disrespectful company.

In a follow up email from Victoria, Ms. Byrnes was told that “questions about compensation and benefits at such an early stage is a concern related to organizational fit”. Victoria’s response were widely condemned and the resulting negative publicity has prompted SkipTheDishes to reach out and apologize to Ms. Byrnes as well as offering her a second interview. The cofounder, Joshua Simair has posted on the company’s Twitter account and contacted Ms. Byrnes to share his disappointment at the way SkipTheDishes staff handled the situation. It is believed that the company is reviewing its staff training methods to avoid a similar situation occurring in the future.

Source: Popsugar
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