Getting turned down for a job is always rough — particularly when your interviewer lets you know the exact, blunt reason why you aren’t being offered the position.
18-year-old Megan Dixon from Leicester, UK recently interviewed for a position at the restaurant Miller and Carter, hoping to earn some extra money for college.
Dixon met with the branch’s assistant manager, Shantel Wesson, for her interview. Afterwards, she was told it would be a few days before she received an email confirming the restaurant’s decision.
Unfortunately, that’s not exactly what happened.
Dixon promptly received a text message from the same number which had originally confirmed her interview appointment. The message said “It’s a no” because Dixon was “Just not engaging,” and that her answers were “‘like’ basic.” The message was accompanied by the cry-laughing emoji.
Naturally, Megan was infuriated to receive such an unprofessional job rejection. She later tweeted that the interviewer’s level of unprofessionalism extended to the interview itself, and that she “was unprepared and her phone was going off throughout the interview. So unprofessional”
“At the end of the interview, I asked when I would hear back,” Dixon told The Sun. “She told me it was never more than a few days and she had my email. But I got the texts a few seconds after leaving. I was shocked. The least she should have given me was some proper feedback. And the laughing face emoji was so unprofessional. It was a really bitchy thing to do.”
Naturally, the rest of Twitter couldn’t believe that someone would actually send such a savage message to an interviewee — particularly when they found them to be so apparently underwhelming. Several people vowed to boycott the restaurant.
It turns out, however, that the assistant manager sent the text message in error, and that it was intended for her superior — which, though still unprofessional, may help to explain the text’s brutal honesty.
“We can’t apologise enough to Megan,” the restaurant told The Sun in a statement. “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.”
It may have been an honest mistake, but the gaffe managed to royally piss off an interviewee and publicly discredit the interviewer.
So, let this be a lesson to all of us: READ THE PREVIOUS TEXTS BEFORE YOU HIT “SEND.” You’ll save yourself (and your relationships) a lot of headaches.