They Cancelled Her Interview When She Asked About Salary and Benefits

Taylor Bryne was interviewing for a menu development job with the food delivery service called SkipTheDishes. She was in the process of scheduling her second interview when she sent the hiring manager the following question:

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After an initial phone interview, Brynes inquired about salary and benefits associated with the position were, at which point the Victoria, the HR representative she was dealing with replied:

 In a follow-up email, Byrnes was told that the company believes “in hard work and perseverance” as opposed to “focusing on compensation,” and that she would likely not be a good fit because she was asking about compensation and benefit too soon into the process.


Taylor took to twitter to share and her tweet went viral

I don’t know about you, but when I look for a job or if I’m approached for a job I ask about wages and benefits if they aren’t clearly listed. It’s a job not an internship. Why would I waste my time and the potential employers time if the wages and benefits aren’t in sync to what I want? People have bills to pay. There is already a gender wage gap between men and women and even though the gap has closed some it still needs to be addressed. Knowing your worth is important. Looks like Taylor Brynes knows her worth enough to ask.

The co-founder of SkipTheDishes did reach out to Brynes and offered an apology and a second interview.

You can read the series of tweets on Taylor’s twitter HERE. This post was originally shared on Buzzfeed.


I’m 30 something reside in Massachusetts and enjoy pop culture.


I'm 30 something reside in Massachusetts and enjoy pop culture.

  1. I think she’s in the wrong here. She only had a telephone interview, correct? And, this is for a permanent role?

    You don’t ask about money until it’s broached by the potential employer That’s a basic tenet of any job search. It’s up to you to do your due diligence and research what the salary range is, what this company’s compensation policy is and what your talent and expertise is worth.

    She learned the hard way but she won’t make that mistake again.

  2. That’s crazy. I would not interview with them because by their immediate dismal of her honest and necessary questions they appear to not value their employees. Thank goodness she didn’t work with them. Would a company go into a business deal without knowing what it’s potential profits would be? No. They do their research and ask questions. An employee is an expense and most companies try to keep their expenses low. This is why it’s best to work for yourself. I’d rather work hard and be happy than work hard and be treated unfairly. This was a good lesson for this lady and others.

  3. I hope more people share stories like this so industry is shamed into treating people better. Someone is not a hard worker because they want to know how much they are being paid? Wha type of narcissistic gaslighting behavior is this? The HR person response was vile and I appreciate that the company’s name was used and I bet they are going to change immediately. This is how media helps us.

  4. With all the interviews I ever been on( since graduating college), It was look down upon when I would ask any questions at all. They say they welcome it but I believe that’s a lie. I remember one interview in particular and It was my time to ask questions I pulled out my paper with my four questions. As they were answering them I would write down their responses. This was my final interview with me and guess what I never heard back from them so I guess it’s safe to say I didn’t get the job.

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