As most of us know, applying for jobs is pretty stressful. From picking a job that you’ll be good at to trying to ace the interview, there’s a lot that goes into searching for jobs. However, there’s another aspect that most people don’t talk about: shady job listings. Unfortunately, there are some companies that are more like scam artists than actual businesses. Read on for tips on how to know if the company you’re applying to is legit or not.
- Theres no info on the company online – If you do a Google search and can’t find any information about the company, run fast and far away. Even if the company is new, they should have a website and some social media pages.
2. They respond way too fast – This could be a good thing, but most of the time it just means that the company didn’t review your application thoroughly before sending their response. I sent in my application for a job at a marketing agency at 10:07 am and they replied to me at 10:22 am. There’s no way they could have reviewed my cover letter, resume, and talked about whether or not they should bring me into the office in just 15 minutes.
3.Their response is way too generalized – The marketing agency that I applied to sent me a response that they send to everyone. It was very generic and made me feel like they weren’t taking me seriously.
4. All of the online reviews are bad – If most of the reviews you see for the company or interview process are bad, you should err on the side of caution. Glassdoor is the best place for business reviews.
5. The position that you originally applied for suddenly changes – You happily apply for the finance position, but when you get on the phone to talk with the company, that job has somehow turned into a sales position. Companies do this because they think you’ll just agree to interview for the other position anyway.
6. The job seems like a sales scam – As I said before, a lot of job scams tend to be centered on sales. These jobs typically involve going door-to-door to sell something, but the company won’t tell you that upfront. Just look at this interview review from Glassdoor.
7. Something just doesn’t feel right – In all things, remember to trust your gut. If something seems shady to you, but you don’t really know why, go with your instincts.
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