Candidate's 2nd job interview cancelled after pay & benefits inquiry

Candidate's 2nd job interview cancelled after pay & benefits inquiry

Food delivery company, SkipTheDishes has apologised and offered a second interview to a candidate after her follow-up interview was cancelled for inquiring about wages.

Taylor Byrnes, Winnipeg, had a phone interview with the firm which she said went well, but after she sent an email inquiring about the salary and benefits, her second meeting was cancelled - CBC News reports.

Byrnes tweeted a screenshot of her email exchange with Victoria Karras, a Talent Acquisition Co-ordinator at the organisation.

Her email to SkipTheDishes read: "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, the reply she received dodged the applicant’s questions, with Karras writing back: “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.”

Karras elaborated on why this was the case in a second email: "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.

"Our corporate culture may be unique in this way, but it is paramount that staff display intrinsic motivation and are proven self-starters. For these reasons, questions about compensation and benefits at such an early stage is a concern related to organisational fit."

Since, the tweet of the exchange has gone viral with many supportive Twitter users expressing their concerns about the company, with the hashtag ‘#boycottSkip’ gaining traction.

In response to the furore, SkipTheDishes co-Founder Joshua Simair, apologised to Byrnes about the email, which was not indicative of the firms’ values: "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," he wrote in an email statement.  

"We've also addressed the email internally and will be providing additional training. We are very committed to our community, employees and continuing to grow and create employment opportunities in the Prairies."

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Comments (1)

  • Mitch
    Wed, 22 Mar 2017 11:47am GMT
    NEVER ask about pay and benefits until the very last stage of the selection process. That info helps you decide whether you want the job but you can't make that decision until you get an offer. Before that, your number one priority is to sell yourself, primarily by showing interest and enthusiasm for the job and company, asking good questions about the company's plans as a way of demonstrating interest.

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