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What to Look For in a Job and Interview

Updated on August 6, 2014

Don't Be Fooled

Identifying legitimate job interviews

Looking for employment is a full-time job on its own. You sit there at a computer for hours, doing application after application, adjusting your resume to fit the job description, complete about 30 applications, and only get a phone call or email from only four companies. Well when you finally do hear from a company, it’s not always a good thing. There are many companies out here whose main objective is to hire as many people as they can and collect profits off of their hard work. Sometimes it is difficult to identify these companies, but there are small things you can look for not only within the job description, but also within the initial phone interview.


There are various companies out there who are strictly commission base and always want you to give money to start up. Companies like this are in a win/win situation. They get your initial money to start up the process, and you are still contributing to their success if you thrive as an individual. If you fail, they still got your money in the first place, and you walk away with money gone from your pocket. Companies like this always use keywords and phrases such as the following in their job descriptions:

  • Highly Motivated

  • Entrepreneur Spirit

  • Self-starter

  • Energetic

  • First year candidates make up to…..

These companies try to dress up the job to make it sound more important that what it really is. In actuality, all they want what is your $$$$.

A nearly blank email

Many companies attempt to get you by sending you a bogus email. The email has no company logo, a strange return address, and may even use some of those keywords and phrases we discussed before. It looks like someone just typed it up using Courier font and sent it out to you. Many of them start out like “Hello, we received your resume and would like to speak with you regarding the final position.” Then they barely describe the position, and say something like: “Please forward your resume and contact info to” If you received my resume with my contact info on it, then why do I need to send you another one? Think people. Many of these emails aren’t even from actual companies, but from hackers just trying to steal your information. You just have to beware that sometimes what it supposed to be spam, can end up in your inbox.

Free Money

This is rare, but trust me, it does happen. Sometimes you may get a check in the mail for a large amount of money, out the blue, and then magically receive an email regarding the check. This happened to me once before. The plan was so genius, I wasn’t even mad when it happened. I received a $2500 check from a “company” who was searching for a mystery shopper. When I received the check, I was jumping for joy and even called my mother to tell her the good news. I had no idea why I received the check, but because I was on hard times, I thought God was just looking out for me. So I take the check to the bank. The bank tells me to wait 24-48 hours so they can verify the check. Not even two hours go by. The bank calls me and says “sir, this check isn’t real.” I became depressed, and thought about it, realizing that yes, this has to be a scam. So about a few weeks later, I receive another check, for the same amount. Can’t fool me twice. I get an email from someone telling me that they needed someone to be a mystery shopper for Western Union. The email instructed me to go to my personal bank, cash the check, go to the Western Union they “assigned” me to, send them, the company, $2000, and keep $500 for myself. This is hilarious, I know. So of course I didn’t do it, and just threw the check away. I get an email from the same false company about two days later threatening to sue me if I didn’t cooperate. Of course I send them a very kind email back telling them how fake they were and that they didn’t want me to sue them instead. Did I get a reply? No. So this is a lesson learned: No one receives money for doing absolutely nothing.

Too quick of a phone call

Have you ever done a job application and the employer calls you back either that night or the same day? This is a very rare occasion, but it can happen. Now this doesn’t always mean that the job is bogus, but you should really look into it before wasting your time at an interview. This has happened to me twice recently. I put in my resume that morning, and the company called me back that afternoon. Turns out that it wasn’t an actual job, but some sort of recruiting company that you pay them for their services, and they help you find a job. First they said they wanted to schedule me for an interview, but later during the conversation referred to it as a “consultation”. I asked more questions to dig a little deeper, and kindly told them no thanks to their services. Now the second time it happened, it was actually legit. It was a very small company, but they were seeking a recruiting specialist for one of their offices. They gave me the salary and everything, even scheduled me for an interview. I didn’t go because I make more at my current job, but it was a legit interview and phone call. You just have to be careful and do a little research once you get that phone call/email.


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