How to Identify a Scam Job Interview Invitation


Career Advice / Monday, March 4th, 2019

The chance of 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.

scam job interview invitation

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 payment, 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!

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14 Replies to “How to Identify a Scam Job Interview Invitation”

  1. Please I received this message today

    Hello,based on your application for the role of Transaction Officer you are invited for an interview on Thursday 9th January 2020 by 9:00am at Workforce Group, Gbagada Expressway Second Pedro Bus Stop Gbagada Lagos.Regards.

    Is this a scam Interview or legit???

    Thanks!!!

  2. I received this invite this morning
    Dear AYOMI IBIJOKE
    After careful consideration of your application, we have decided to schedule you for an interview Assessment.

    DATE: THURSDAY 9TH January 2019

    Time: 9am prompt

    Venue: AP FILLING STATION, OBA-AKRAN, BEFORE IKEJA UNDER BRIDGE, 7 (ENTRANCE 2) OBASA.

    Come with a hard copy of your CV and a print out of this invite to gain access as u will not be allowed to gain access into the building without this item.
    NB: Applicant must reside within Lagos state.
    Best Regards

    HR Mr Godwin
    #6
    Available pick up calls 08128376483 (8am_ 4pm)
    Disclaimer: BMDT.

    Kindly respond to this mail and confirm your availability.
    Print out and come along with a copy of this invite to gain access into the premises, also come with an updated copy of your CV and a valid means of identification.
    Please I want to know if its genuine before I use the last cash on me and come back frustrated

  3. I got a similar email today.

    Dear Candidate,

    After a review of your CV by our selection committee, we are pleased to invite you for an executive interview for a Leadership Assessment.

    This email confirms your selection to meet with the Management Board of Westcorp group of companies for your final interview phase.

    Your are required to present this CODE-10621386 at the point of entry to distinguish you from other interviewee.

    Date: Friday 03/01/2020

    Time: 09:00am.

    Venue: 107, Ogudu road opposite Ogudu GRA Estate, Pako Bustop, Ogudu Lagos.

    Note: We advise that you confirm your availability for the interview as this will enable plan accordingly.

    Director General

    For more information contact help desk: 09065445115 or visit http://www.westcorpservices.org

  4. Hello there.

    I received this 7.40am today. However, I found no credible online information about this company situated in Nigeria.

    Any word on this?

    Dear Ma,

    After a review of your CV by our selection committee, we are pleased to invite you for an executive interview for a Leadership Assessment.

    This email confirms your selection to meet with the Management Board of Westcorp Group of companies for your final interview phase.

    Your are required to present this CODE *10623998* at the point of entry to distinguish you from other interviewee.

    Date: Friday 20/12/19

    Time: 08:30am.

    Venue:107, Ogudu road opposite Ogudu GRA Estate, Pako Bustop, Ogudu Lagos.

    Note: We advise that you confirm your availability for the interview as this will enable plan accordingly.

    Director General

    For more information contact help desk at 09015745716

  5. Dear Rahmat,

    We have received your application via Online for the Position of a Customer Care officer, have reviewed your application. You are hereby scheduled for an Interview so that the company can hear from you. We believe you will be able to defend your Curriculum Vitae (cv) if need be and determine whether you are fit for the position you applied for as a Customer Care Officer with our Organization.

    Kindly see details below:

    DATE: Monday 25th of November 2019

    Time: 9:00 am prompt.

    Venue: 7 Second gate, Chemline House, Obasa Road, beside Forte Oil filling station.very close to Ikeja under Bridge. Oba Akran, Ikeja

    You will be having your interview with the Human Resource Department. Be of good conduct during your interview as this might affect your performance. Print out and come along with a copy of this email and an updated copy if your CV. Also come along with a valid means of identification.

    It is also important to confirm your attendance by replying this Email.

    Best Regards, Hr Faith.A Human Resource Consultant. http://www.telcommlink.com

    Please is this a real job invite?

  6. I saw a lecturing job advert & I applied as a Master holder; Fortunately I was invited for the job interview in Mainland College of Technology, Anyanese. Located along Unicem road in Calarbar. I arrived the interview venue to be asked to pay some amount of money ranging from 3,500-5,000 depending on the type of job applied because they also had room for SSCE, NCE, HND, Diploma and B.Sc holders. Though, they said that the money is for certificates verification.
    Please Sir, could this be a scam job interview invitation or what??

    1. Hello,
      There are so many unethical things about this process. I know the public sector space recruitment can be something else but this looks like a sham or an unprofessional recruitment process.

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