Job interviews are a headache. No, really, there’s no other way to define them. It’s a lot of pressure to make a group of people like you while making them believe that you are qualified in very little time.
The job selection process can take time. During the process, there are questions you can ask and others you should avoid even thinking. Asking if you can take naps or a three-month leave break in summer are things you shouldn’t dare ask. But other things, like salary negotiating, compensation and future goals are things you can discuss at certain points during your interviews.
You see, the young woman from Manitoba, Canada, applied for a job with a startup company called SkipTheDishes. This is an online food delivery company and Byrnes hoped she would be accepted to work there. Things would start well for this woman until she asked one question.
Just to be clear, Byrnes had already gone through a first screening. In fact, she had been invited for a phone interview by talent acquisition coordinator Victoria Karras. So Byrnes didn’t just see the job application and send an email with her question first.
It was after her first screening and before her phone interview that Byrnes wrote Karras an email with a question. She wrote, "Hi Victoria, I had another question that I wanted to ask you. 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." There was also a smiley face at the end, but maybe she should have skipped it.
Byrnes would be shocked to learn that her question would lose her the chance of a new job. Karras replied back, telling Byrnes that her priorities "are not in sync with those of SkipTheDishes." Look, if it was the job of a lifetime — the chance to act in a movie, work with an important business person or something other that could get this girl closer to her career goals, I would have said that Karras has a point.
The story didn’t stop there. Byrnes wanted to explain herself, so she emailed Karras back trying to justify the validity of her questions. Soon, Karras emailed her again, telling her that her questions were valid but…
…they showed that she would not be a good fit with the company. Then, Karras wrote, “As a startup company, we seek out those who go out of their way to seek out challenges and new opportunities. We believe in hard work and perseverance in pursuit of company goals as opposed to focusing on compensation."
With that, Byrnes learned that she was no longer in the running for the job. That’s when she took screenshots of her interactions with Karras and posted them on Twitter to rant (as one does these days). People were pissed.
Twitter users took Byrnes’ side. They believed her questions were reasonable at this stage of the interview. They even threatened to boycott the startup company (that’s what a startup company needs when it’s just starting).
Things got so out of hand, one of the co-founders of the company had to make a public statement about. About the situation, Joshua Simair said, “We are very disappointed in how it was handled. We do share a compensation package prior to hiring. As soon as we became aware of it on Monday, we reached out to Taylor to apologize for the email and reschedule her interview."
I wouldn’t say that’s an ideal way for a startup company to start its business journey but hey, it still got people talking. Plus, it involves food, so people will probably forget about this story the minute they see the menus they can order from. No word yet on whether Byrnes was offered the job but tell us, would you take the job offer if you were in Byrnes’ position? Share your thoughts below.