Job interviewer calls TikToker to interview about wearing shorts

A TikToker named Jola (@papajawnz) garnered over 698,000 views in a five-second clip in which she shared her experience at a walk-in interview for a server position.

Judging by your anecdote, it sounded like a pretty unprofessional experience. Jola explains in the overlay text how since it was a walk-in interview, she went in wearing shorts to ask about the position. Jola claims that the interviewer took this as an invitation to behave informally and had lunch with her there.

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Jola writes in a text overlay on the video, “When I was wearing shorts to a walk-in interview and the interviewer said, ‘Since we’re casual, I’ll eat my lunch,’ and then ate a 20-piece wing meal in less than 5 minutes . ”

She adds in TikTok’s caption that “starting salary was 2/hr,” which she later clarified in the comments section that it included tips. In another comment, she shared what the position was like at a Studio Movie Grill, a dine-in movie theater chain. Depending on the federal state, there are minimum wages for tips in different areas. For example, in New Jersey, the cash wage for workers who receive benefits is $5.26 an hour. In New Mexico it is $3.00.

Her post sparked a conversation among fellow TikTokers about below-minimum-wage starting hourly rates for tipped employees. Many users in the comments said that even with tips, $2 an hour as the base rate is still too low, which Jola agreed. She stated that she was so discouraged by the offer that it stopped her from looking for a job for the rest of the summer.

“I went to an interview and they said the pay was $3 an hour… I was always so lucky not to get a job,” said one user who had a similar experience while looking for work .

Others just couldn’t believe a company would have the audacity to offer so little, with one user writing, “200 cents for 60 minutes of my precious life is insaneyyyy.”

Some users said they went to an interview knowing the job paid so little that they showed up in their pajamas.

“The manager made that comment knowing damn well the pay was $2 an hour,” one user wrote. “I would have come in my pajamas.”

Other TikTok users said they themselves didn’t even bother dressing up for an interview to become a server. As one user wrote, “I was wearing a mini dress and fur mules, I’m not ready to wear a suit to be a server.”

The Daily Dot contacted Jola via TikTok comment for more information.

While many industries have managed to recover from labor shortages, the hospitality industry still suffers from understaffing. Toast wrote that about 450,000 jobs in the industry were still unfilled, and that may have to do with many workers saying they’re tired of dealing with rude customers for low wages and a lack of health care benefits.


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*Initial publication: February 18, 2023 12:48 pm CST

Jack Alban

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