As if the list of problems with work culture lately wasn’t long enough, a woman recently had her job interview canceled when she asked about the salary and benefits. It seems like a fairly straightforward, obvious question — a job might be a great fit for you, and something you’re excited about, but not everybody is able to make sacrifices when it comes to the money they’re making, so it’s important to know what you’re getting into.
While it would be great if we could all do what we love no matter the price point, it’s just not realistic in a world in which most young people are struggling with student loan debt, the price of living in cities is astronomical, and wages remain stagnant despite profit growth overall.
On top of that, hello? It’s totally reasonable and expected for somebody to ask the details of the job they’re interviewing for? Which is why the internet is (understandably) going nuts over this woman losing out on a second interview for inquiring.
— . (@feministjourney) March 13, 2017
With unpaid internships still holding their own and entry level jobs increasingly requiring years of experience, it’s not super surprising that a company would want an employee who’s willing to work for them no matter the compensation — but it’s still OUTRAGEOUS.
"we're really looking for more of a one-sided relationship where you care about us and we don't care if you starve and die" https://t.co/Ye8cYqwQ4w
— Raina Douris (@RahRahRaina) March 14, 2017
After Victoria was called back for a second interview she asked what the salary was, and this is how the company responded:
“Your questions reveal that your priorities are not in sync with SkipTheDishes. At this time we will not be following through with our meeting this Thursday.”
According to Buzzfeed, the company — Winnipeg based Skip the Dishes — has since reached out to the woman to apologize and offer her the second interview. That said, after all of this…we sort of think that the company might not be a great fit for this woman, or anybody who prioritizes outrageous things like, dunno, meeting their basic human needs.