How to Identify a Scam Job Interview Invitation


Career Advice / Monday, March 4th, 2019

The chances of you getting a fake or scam job interview invitation is high especially if you are a fresh graduate in Nigeria that just completed his/her National Youth Service internship.

You may not be able to control jobs you apply but when you get an interview invite, you can check for its authenticity. Here are my tips on how to identify fake or scam job invitations in Nigeria.

1. Use Google: Google is the world’s number one search engine and if the job you are being invited has any traces of the company name or the invitee HR manager, I advise you to do a quick google search. You will surely find something positive or not but if you don’t, please dig deeper.

2. Check Your Email: It is always important to keep track of the roles you applied for via email. Platforms like Jobberman also offer you a history of all the jobs you have applied. Do a check and if you can’t find your application for the role, be highly careful before making a decision to attend.

3. Check Jobsite: You can either do a background search on the organisation on the job sites you usually apply for to see if the organisation comes up.

I also know that platforms like Jobberman when you receive interview invites you can either call or reach out to them via email or social media to verify if the organisation exists in their database especially if you applied for the job on there.

4. Search Nairaland: One of my many important uses of this great Nigerian forum is to search out fake job invites. I can almost guarantee you, it is a fake job, then you will see a thread or some forum discussion about it on Nairaland. In most cases, your google search would lead you here also.

5. Ask For Money: Whether it is the company hiring or a recruitment consultant doing so on behalf of the role, it is world over and in Nigeria ethically wrong to pay anyone to get hired. If your prospective interviewer or employer is requesting for any form of pay, HIGHLY A SCAM JOB.

6. Check LinkedIn: If you get the invitation by email and you can find the name of the invitee via LinkedIn, there are chances the individual is not a serious recruiter and does not career about their personal career brand, hence why would they care about yours.

Final Thoughts on Fake or Scam Job Interview Invitation

I have had my fair share of them, phrases like you have been invited for “job assessment” or “seminar presentation” are highly common among peddlers of fake or scam jobs.

If you wake up to a message in your email or phone but after your research, you can’t find any solid information on the employer or recruiter, I would highly advise you reconsider attending such an interview.

Your safety is paramount because with the right skills, the opportunity and job you seek, you shall find. Stay safe!

Have you had any past fake or scam job interview invitation experience, share with me I’ll love to hear it.

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