Taylor Byrnes thought her job hunt was going well. She had just finished a phone interview with food delivery company SkipTheDishes and was happy with her performance during the call.
But on a whim she sent an e-mail to the company with one simple question, and that may have cost Byrnes the job. The young woman was so shocked that she shared her experience online, where people quickly rallied to her defense. So what did she do wrong?
Byrnes simply asked about wages and benefits for the job, assuming she was a shoe-in for the position. "If I do end up filling this position," she asked, "how much do you think I'll be getting paid an hour?" She also asked about the benefits package, and ended her e-mail very politely.
"Sorry, I just thought I should ask now. Thanks for your time and have a lovely day." But the response Byrnes got back from SkipTheDishes was anything but lovely, and it created a public backlash that the company was forced to address.
The "talent acquisition coordinator" in charge of Byrnes's application had some choice words for the young woman in her e-mail reply.