Megan Dixon, 18 spoke out after she was turned down for a job and mocked with a laughing emoji over text following the interview.
The job was for a new location of a Miller & Carter steakhouse in Enderby, Leicestershire. Shantel Wesson, the assistant manager was in charge of the interviews.
Shortly after the interview with Wesson, Dixon says she was confused to receive a text from Wesson simply saying, “It’s a no x.”
Curious of why, she asked, “How come?” but was even more surprised by the response.
“Just not engaging,” Wesson wrote. “And answers we’re ‘like’ basic.”
She was referring to her as somebody who is unoriginal or cliche.
Wesson’s response even included a laughing face emoji. And at that point she knew Wesson was mocking her.
Megan spoke about the interview by saying
“I thought it was strange she didn’t shake my hand, I thought she would have been more professional,” Dixon told the Daily Mail. “She had her phone out for the entire time, I didn’t really feel like I was in an interview.”
Dixon says that at the end of her interview, she asked Wesson when should expect to hear back about the job. Wesson told her she could expect to hear back in several days, only to send her the text message just moments later.
“I can maybe understand why my answers were basic, but I haven’t really had many interviews before,” the teenager said. “Shantel was asking about my proudest moment, but I’m only 18 so it’s not like I can say my kid or my marriage. To text me a minute after I’d walked out saying that is nasty.”
The teenager then said she wishes she had walked back into the restaurant and confronted her after receiving the text message.
Miller & Carter Steakhouse was advertising 50 new job openings for their newest location an A-level student, thought the opening would be a good opportunity to earn some money for college, The Sun reports.
A spokesperson for Miler & Carter released a statement after the incident. The company says it will investigate.
“We can’t [apologize] enough to Megan,” the steakhouse’s spokesperson said 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.”
Sources: Daily Mail, The Sun