Job interviews are certainly stressful. The difference between a good and bad one can literally change your life. There are so many things you shouldn't do on a job interview, and it's hard to keep them all in mind.
Skip the Dishes is an online food delivery service. They're a startup company that Byrnes became interested in. She sent in an application, and had a phone interview with acquisition coordinator Victoria Karras.
Byrnes felt the interview went well, and decided to follow up after. There are answers you should never give on a job interview, but she wound up getting in trouble with her prospective employer over one question. What could that question have been?
A simple question of wages. She asked Karras about her potential hourly salary and benefits. She decided to ask the question then, as she felt it was the appropriate time to do so, and did it in a polite, respectable manner.
Remember, they already had a phone interview that went well. Byrnes was in serious talks with the company, and asked a very standard question. Skip the Dishes' response left her bewildered. Karras sent an additional email and responded, clarifying her reasoning.
Karras said Byrnes' questions were indeed valid, but she wanted to explain her company's position. She said that since they were a startup company, they were looking for a specific type of employee. Specifically, one that valued opportunity and challenges over wages.
"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 organizational fit."
"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."
"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.”
So remember, never be afraid to ask for compensation. It's your right as an employee. As The Joker said, "If you're good at something, never do it for free."