In a perfect society, people could do what they want for a living without worrying about money.
We don’t live in a perfect society.
Taylor Byrnes applied for a job at SkipTheDishes in Winnipeg, Canada. It’s a food delivery service whose name encourages people to order from them to avoid the after effects of cooking.
Byrnes was excited after her initial interview with a rep from their HR department, which was conducted over the phone. They even moved forward with the application process by setting up a second interview, this time in person. Byrnes just had one more question that she had forgotten to ask.
Before trekking down to the interview, she wanted to make sure it was a good fit for both her and the company. So she sent an email to the rep she initially spoke with.
No Longer Qualified
Up until that email was sent, SkipTheDishes felt she was qualified enough to move forward with the application process. Apparently they didn’t want someone who was worried about such minuscule things like money, though. They wanted someone whose only desire was to help people skip the dishes.
It’s an unfortunate, unspoken rule to never inquire about financial compensation during the hiring process. Employers like to feel out their candidates to make sure they’re driven by passion instead of wages. Are they truly passionate about helping someone avoid doing dishes, or are they just looking to pay their rent and buy food?
Only after an applicant has gone through the application process are they informed of compensation. Imagine getting excited about a job only to find out it doesn’t pay enough to cover the bills. Not to mention the awkward talk that comes with turning down a job.
That’s when employers like to say, ‘But you seemed so happy about the position. What changed?’
Employees aren’t supposed to worry about money.
Byrnes then did what any other social media user would have done: she uploaded screenshots to see what the internet thought.
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A negative online image can really ruin a company. We now live in a society where people will go out of their way to support businesses that treat their employees well and boycott ones that don’t.
That might have been the reason SkipTheDishes wrote back to Byrnes after seeing her story go viral:
While it’s unclear whether or not Byrnes will go for another interview, it just goes to show the power of social media.
Feature Image Source: Screenshot Via Twitter.