After the recent post that made Front page about a woman being a victim of fake job interview in Nigeria, i decided to share this. Hope it helps.
Fake jobs come in various forms but they all have one thing in common; they all carry an end product of deceit and disappointment.
In 2015, Vanguard newspaper reported that 80% of online jobs in Nigeria are fake jobs.
1.Company has no credible online presence
1.No Credible Online Presence
Companies that are involved in fake jobs and scam jobs usually will not have any credible online presence. This means that for instance, they will not have a website, blog or any online presence that can be verified.
2. They Eventually Ask For Money
Don’t pay to get a job. It’s that simple. At some point, the fraudulent promoters of fake jobs and scam jobs eventually ask for some form of payment to get the candidates jobs. In this case, they have various names for the fees they eventually request from candidates. Some of these names include processing fee, registration fee or even consultancy fee.
3.The Messaging Template
If you find yourself being invited for a job interview or job assessment exercise in a company for a job role that you do not recall applying for, it becomes imperative for you to carry out a research into the company.
“Unlike what has become prevalent today, an ideal job invitation should come via three channels; a phone call, an email and a text message. Text messages do not work in isolation.
4.Job Interview Versus Job Briefing
By structure, an interview constitutes a stage in the recruitment process. It is not an exercise that operates in complete isolation. To get invited to an interview, the recruiting company must have received your application or CV.
5.Venue of the Interview
Not all interviews are conducted within the office space of the recruiting company. This is evidenced by Skype interviews, career fair interviews, telephone interviews, lunch/dinner interviews and a few others.
6.No Specific Title
All genuine jobs would have specific titles but for fake jobs, this is missing. Ogunbanwo had a few insights to share on this. “A fake job would not have a specific job title. They just talk about having openings in XYZ location. A real job has a specific job title : It could read ‘Looking for a Content Manager or Blogger, Operations Head and the likes.’ Fake jobs never have descriptions of the company. Thirdly, they must have specific locations.” According to Ogunbanwo, another way to spot a fake job is that the ranges of the level of experience required are too wide.
Before you attend any job interview you have been invited for, be sure to do the following:
Research the company to ascertain it is an authentic company
Check your email’s inbox and spam for a corresponding invite
Check your call log for possible missed call from the company
Don’t pay for a job
Use real job-based websites like Jobberman.com and the likes.
Be wary of companies that use free email accounts like Yahoo, Gmail (CompanyNAME@gmail.com or CompanyNMAE@yahoo.com) instead of corporate email accounts (info@companyNAME.com or admin@companyNAME.com)
Avoid companies that bypass interviews and offer immediate employment
Be very vigilant when attending interviews
Let your guardian or friends know the venue of interviews you attend (except say nah connection carry you go)
In what ever, desperation shouldn’t be a drive force in getting a job, but be patient and smart.