We probably don't mention it when a prospective employer asks, “Why do you want to work here?" But the obvious reason most of us choose a job (or work at all) is because we need money. Like for food. Or rent. Mainly stuff that allows us to stay alive.
So while playing coy and speaking to culture and a “good fit" might be the more tactful way to answer the question, it shouldn't come as a shock to an employer that a candidate is very interested in what the job pays.
Unless you're a company called Skip the Dishes, a food delivery service catering to Midwestern U.S. and Canadian cities. The firm was so taken aback by this innocuous and understandable request that they immediately canceled the interview following an applicant's inquiry about wages and benefits.
Applied for a job at @SkipTheDishes. They cancelled my interview b/c I asked about wages/benefits @CBC @CBCNews… https://t.co/x3PksqUc0A— . (@.) 1489382195
Understandably upset, she mentioned two news agencies in the tweet to share her story.
The exchange in its entirety:
The company then issued a follow-up email which suggested that they didn't explain their position clearly, then elaborated in such a manner that it was clear there was misunderstanding— their response was as exactly harsh and deluded as it seemed.
Twitter users pointed out the fallacy of criticizing the timing of the request (“at such an early stage"), suggesting it's far better to discuss compensation early, rather than save the biggest point until the end—possibly wasting everyone's time if the parties are not able to come to an agreement.
The candidate then revealed in a Twitter exchange that this wasn't even her first interview, but a follow-up after the initial one went well.
@blairpacheco no, I had already done a phone interview that went well. They then asked me to do a menu test, which is what was cancelled.— . (@.) 1489414055
As is protocol at this point, the company caught wind of the issue only once it went viral and offered up a pseudo apology and a follow-up.
@feministjourney @CBC @CBCNews @ctvwinnipeg Hi Taylor, sorry to hear about this - one of our co-founders will be in touch with you shortly.— SkipTheDishes (@SkipTheDishes) 1489393051
We'll see if they can set this straight … and if the candidate has any interest in giving these guys the time of day after their surprising response.