Living in a country with a high yearly output of tertiary institution graduates and fewer employment opportunities has made the labour market highly competitive - making job vacancies fewer. This in turn, has made a lot of graduates seeking job opportunities stumble upon fake job interviewers and scammers who only want to take advantage of their desperation.
Many victims of these scammers have had to pay one fee or the other under the guise of employment forms and employment registration. Thanks to the internet, more and more vulnerable fresh graduates are beginning to become enlightened on the operations of these fake job scammers.
In this post, a number of pointers below will give a guide on how to quickly detect fake job interview invites and not fall for them.
When you don't remember applying for a vacancy but you are invited for an interview on it. Do not go for an interview whose vacancy you do not remember applying for. In most cases, it is a waste of time and resources. You could attend the interview if you are curious enough. However, remember to exercise precautions while at it.
To be certain that you did not apply for a particular opening, check your sent mail history list on your email account and be sure you did not forget that you applied for such job openings. Utilize the search button to make tracking such mail(s) easier.
When you cannot find substantial information about the company. If you cannot find legitimate or convincing information about them online, that should raise a red flag. The internet has advanced so much in recent times to aid in your search. For example, Google maps has been quite helpful in giving off basic information about a particular location - even images of that location. Legitimate organisations make efforts to duly optimise their online presence; as such, it is very easy to have access to ample information about them - including their locations and images of their company.
If a supposed "company" sends you a mail and you find it hard to get reasonable information about them online, chances are that they are not legitimate or true or who and what they claim to be. It would be better to not waste resources trying to locate them.
Look out for unnecessary, avoidable typographical errors and a lack of authenticity on the interview invite. A good number of these supposed companies that invite job seekers for interviews often times do not present their messages in an official, clearcut and consistent manner. Some messages from them even use short hands, abbreviations and seemingly lack authenticity. They usually do not have an official company business card attached to their interview invite messages. Again, their emails are usually not company emails - they are more personal than official.
When you are asked to pay for registrations or job offers before receiving employment opportunities. This particular pointer cannot be over emphasized. A good number of vulnerable, desperate job seekers (especially those new to the labour market) have fallen prey to this antic from fake job scammers either online or physically or both. Be careful not to pay monies to an unknown source promising you job placements.
The last point that should be taken seriously is personal researches. Before going ahead to invest your resources in pursuing a particular job opportunity, be sure to do your personal research on the company. You may come up with information or observations that would raise red flags or warning signs if the data you have collected on them does not add up logically. You may also come across websites where other job seekers have the platforms to report fake job interviews they have come across or even attended. This could help you navigate your job seeking pursuits wisely.
Following the above pointers should be able to guide fresh graduates and job seekers in detecting fake job interviews and not falling prey to job scammers and their fraudulent intents.
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