So many Nigerians have been complaining and lamenting their ordeal in the hands of fake scam companies who invite people for interviews.
Sometimes, these fake companies even introduce them to a fake drug marketing business.
This post has been written not only because these companies waste people’s time, energy, and transport fare going to such interviews, but also because most of these scammers extort money from helpless job seekers, thereby aggravating their suffering.
If people are properly guided, they will not fall into the hands of these scammers.
Having said that, here are some ways by which one can identify a fake or scam interview invitation and therefore avoid a waste of time and money.
The good thing is that most of their messages come in the same format, so you will know its fake!
1. The message does not bear a company name: Most of these scammers won’t include their company names on the message you will receive. All you will see are the address, the time and date, and a phone number. A genuine company will not hide its identity from a potential employee.
2. The message may say “interview/job briefing”: A genuine company will state the job you applied for and be more precise.
3. You may see a code or reference
You may see something like “HR=0056” or “REF=002”. This is an indication of the code number of the person who invited you to the “job briefing”.
4. It may contain a phone number
This is the number you are expected to call. Most genuine companies don’t give phone numbers out in invitations. If they do, it might likely be a company telephone number or a company email address.
5. If you call their number for inquiries, they will be reluctant to give info on the company.
6. They may claim to have limited slots or time available
A genuine company plans their interview ahead of time and sends their invitations early. It is only in rare cases, that they’ll request for immediate action/presence from you.
Also, ignore those people sharing job flyers on the streets, and those ones they paste on walls.
Some of them are scammers and some ritualists too. If you are to collect their info, be sure to do your research before visiting their so-called office.
Please, if you have any experiences in the hands of these scammers kindly share it here so that others can learn and avoid them too.