CEO Under Fire For Asking Controversial Question On Job Application - Do You Agree?
Katie Mooney 3/23/2017
In most job interviews, you can expect to answer questions about your employment history, job-related experience, and level of education. However, what if you were asked questions a bit more personal in nature - questions about your emotions, your thoughts on America, and your feelings on police officers?
Would you feel that the company had overstepped professional boundaries? Or, would you take great pride in replying to inquiries about such topics?
As it turns out, one CEO asks a handful of "unconventional" questions when screening a potential employee, and his interview process has caused an enormous uproar - on both sides of the fence.
Fox News covered a story in which a marketing company CEO "takes on liberal snowflakes."
Kyle Reyes, CEO of Silent Partner Marketing, explained in his company's advertisement,
"So you young activists, you champions of character, you eighth place trophy holders - until you realize that this (as he points to an image of the American flag) is earned by this (then points to the gentleman next to him), then you will never be able to actually survive in the working world."
When Kyle was interviewed by the team at Fox News he was asked in regards to his commercial, "What prompted you to put it up?"
"Ya know, after we had that video come out, we had hundreds and hundreds of applicants - good, bad, ugly. We had people who didn't even know what our company does, all wanting to work for us. And I needed a filter to sort through all of that."
In the hopes of weeding out unwanted individuals, Kyle prepared what he calls a "snowflake survey" for those applying with his company - and the questions on his job application have certainly raised a few eyebrows.
Kyle asks questions such as "What does America mean to you?"..."What does 'privilege' mean to you?"..."When was the last time you cried and why?"...and "How do you feel about police?"
When asked why he feels this "snowflake survey" is important, he said,
"Ya know, I wanted to be able to have individuals work for my company who sort of "fit the culture." Not just the culture of our company, but the culture of our clients, too. And we needed to have people who aren't snowflakes."
If you are unfamiliar with the term "snowflake," Wikipedia describes "generation snowflake" as,
"A term used to characterize people who became adults in the 2010s as being more prone to taking offense, less resilient than previous generations, or as being too emotionally vulnerable to cope with views that challenge their own. The term is considered derogatory."
The term "snowflake" is believed to have come from Chuck Palahniuk's novel "Fight Club." The book, and the film as well, include a saying, "You are not special. You are not a beautiful and unique snowflake." Wikipedia goes on to say that the name "snowflake" refers to "children who are raised in ways which give them an inflated sense of their own uniqueness."
Watch the Fox News interview for more of Kyle's views on "snowflakes."
The Silent Partner Marketing company's job application is most definitely revving up a great deal of chatter - as Kyle said, "good, bad, and ugly." Share this questionable questionnaire with your friends and family, and get their thoughts on the controversial "snowflake survey."