Seven ways to identify a fake interview invitation

Arogbonlo Israel

It’s so sad seeing many young graduates complaining and lamenting their ordeal in the hands of fake companies who do invite people for interview only to introduce them to fake businesses that aren’t.

Imagine a scammer extorting #10, 000 from a graduate who have been unemployed for years, not to talk of the transport fare wasted going to such fruitless interviews or job chat as often called.

Some people even borrow money to pay these scammers, who promise them heaven on earth. Some will tell you that you will make half a million within 1 month and all that. If you're not careful, you will take a loan that you will not be able to repay, resulting to embarrassment and lack of rest of mind. 

So, I believe that if we are properly guided, we would not fall into the hands of these scammers. 

Based on the foregoing, there are ways by which one can identify a fake or scam interview invitation and therefore, take precaution measures beforehand. 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 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. You will see a code or reference: 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".

3. The message always reads: "interview/job briefing": whatever job briefing means I don't know!

4. It will contain a phone number: this is the number of your referrer. Most genuine companies don't give phone numbers.

5. If you call their number, they will be reluctant to give info on the company.

6. No company will invite you for an interview if you never apply beforehand. You should know where you apply to in the course of your job hunting. Thus, any message you get from unidentified sources should be discarded.

7. You will see HR Admin in the message instead of company name.

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