A Canadian woman went for an interview with food delivery service “SkipTheDishes.” The first interview went well and she was invited back for another interview. When she asked about compensation, the Human Resources contact promptly told her they're not interested in hiring people worried about earnings.
Taylor Byrnes was applying for a job in menu development, and after a successful first interview the company contacted her for a second interview.
"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," Brynes wrote.
Victoria Karras, HR agent for the Winnipeg company, completely shut her down for the question. "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."
Brynes tweeted the response she got, and it's gone viral. SkipTheDishes has gotten a lot of backlash for their representative’s comments. Many people are shocked that this company feels that an employee hoping to be fairly compensated is 'not in sync' with their professional priorities.
Karras followed up with another message, trying to dig herself out of the hole. "Your questions are valid ones and we would like to clarify where we may have not communicated our position clearly. 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," it read.
People on Twitter read between the lines in that email, and felt it translated to “we're looking for employees who will let us exploit them for cheap labor.”
Co-founder Joshua Simair took to Twitter to clear things up, but only seemed to make it worse. He posted a Facebook message to Byrnes, offering her the second interview. Twitter users were quick to point out he forgot to add an apology.
"We do share compensation & it’s OK to ask. We are coaching internally to ensure this doesn’t happen again," Simair followed up in another tweet. Again, people pointed out that it sounds like an internal policy, and that the company is now backpedaling.
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