Some job interviews can leave you scratching your head.
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Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.
Job interviews are stressful affairs.
Two strangers meet, hope they get on and hope they can both do each other a favor.
It’s like online dating, but with the promise of actual value being created.
18-year-old Megan Dixon discovered that not every job interview can end well.
The interview was for a server’s job with UK steakhouse Miller and Carter. It’s not clear how Dixon thought the interview went.
She was told she’d get an email response in a few days.
More clear was the text she got one minute after she left the steakhouse.
“It’s a no,” the text read. Yes, it was from the interviewer.
Dixon replied: “Okay. How come?”
“Just not engaging. And answers were ‘like’ basic,” came the retort. Oh, and it was accompanied by a laugh-till-I-cried emoji.
You might imagine that Dixon was a touch surprised. Angry, even.
It doesn’t matter how well or badly she did in the interview. Couldn’t the interviewer — an assistant manager — have at least attempted politeness? This is the UK, after all.
Suddenly, from one small job interview, Miller and Carter had a large PR problem.
People began to pepper its Twitter account with promises never to eat at one of its establishments again.
“We apologize sincerely to Megan. The texts were sent in error. We expect our team to act professionally and are investigating to ensure it never happens again ,” said Miller and Carter to one Twitter questioner.
Sent in error? How could that be? It was clearly sent in reply to Dixon’s question.
The steakhouse tried to shed more light to the Telegraph. “It was never our intention to be disrespectful or upset her in any way. The texts were sent in error and were intended for our manager, not the candidate.”
Ah, so the assistant manager wanted to have a good laugh at Dixon’s expense to her boss?
You can decide whether Miller and Carter’s explanation rings of truth or mere damage control. You can decide whether this was just another case of technology going astray in human hands, which is entirely possible.
But is, well, basic respect that hard? Dixon said her assistant manager’s phone was going off all through the interview. She didn’t even bother looking at her resume. And she didn’t even offer to shake hands.
And then came the text.
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