Fake jobs come in various forms but they all have one thing in common; they all carry an end product of deceit and disappointment.
In 2015, Vanguard newspaper reported that 80% of online jobs in Nigeria are fake jobs. In this article, we will share some of the fastest ways to identify fake jobs and scam jobs in Nigeria. We will also share samples of messaging templates used to promote fake jobs in Nigeria.
Types of Fake Jobs and Scam Jobs
There are usually three kinds of scam jobs as mentioned earlier.
(1). Deliberately misleading job openings
These are fake jobs that lure job seekers into overly different agenda. For instance, these are the types that would invite you for an interview that turns out to be a multi-level marketing seminar.
(2). False representation with intent to defraud
This is where you find fake jobs from scam recruiting companies who take advantage of desperate job seekers and eventually strive to exploit their desperation by asking them to pay for a job slot.
The extreme kinds of fake job scams are those that claim to be an existing company by impersonating them. Here the individuals set up fake social media accounts and claim to be hiring in a bid to get unsuspecting candidates to pay for job opportunities that do not exist. Fastest Ways to Identify Scam Jobs in Nigeria
As job seekers continue to get smarter and spot loopholes in fake jobs, the brains behind these schemes have also upgraded their parameters of deceit.
The implication is that the forms that fake jobs and scam jobs take are consistently being improved upon by the devious minds involved. We have, therefore, taken it upon ourselves to also expose fake jobs as seen in the sample templates and tips we will share in subsequent lines.
Below are some of the fastest ways to spot fake jobs and scam jobs:
(1). Company has no credible online presence
(2). They eventually ask for money
(3). The messaging template
(4). Job interview versus job briefing
(5). Venue of the interview
No Credible Online Presence
Companies that are involved in fake jobs and scam jobs usually will not have any credible online presence. This means that for instance, they will not have a website, blog or any online presence that can be verified.
In this digital age where you would expect any organisation with a legitimate organisational setup to have an accessible online presence, companies that promote fake jobs and scam jobs fail woefully on this scorecard.
They Eventually Ask For Money
Don’t pay to get a job. It’s that simple. At some point, the fraudulent promoters of fake jobs and scam jobs eventually ask for some form of payment to get the candidates jobs. In this case, they have various names for the fees they eventually request from candidates. Some of these names include processing fee, registration fee or even consultancy fee.
No genuine organisation should ask for money from candidates to help them get jobs.
The Messaging Template
If you find yourself being invited for a job interview or job assessment exercise in a company for a job role that you do not recall applying for, it becomes imperative for you to carry out a research into the company. A Nigeria-based HR professional, Isiakpona Nwabueze, while speaking on ways to spot a fake job, shared some insights.
“Unlike what has become prevalent today, an ideal job invitation should come via three channels; a phone call, an email and a text message. Text messages do not work in isolation.
The company hiring would call, send an email and then follow up with a text message. Sending an SMS only is a sign that it is most likely a fake job or scam job.
Job Interview Versus Job Briefing
While hunting for a job, you must be wary of job interview invitations and how they are drafted. In a lot of scam job interview invitations, the flaw sometimes appears in the sloppy use of terms.
When hiring, a job interview should precede a job briefing. This is the point where we define what a ‘job interview’ is as well as what a job briefing is.
A job interview is a conversation between a representative of an organisation and a potential employee to assess his/her suitability for a particular job.
A ‘job briefing’ on the other hand, is the process of outlining clearly the full description of tasks and responsibilities of an employee to him/her.
Venue of the Interview
Not all interviews are conducted within the office space of the recruiting company. This is evidenced by Skype interviews, career fair interviews, telephone interviews, lunch/dinner interviews and a few others.
However, if an interview is to be conducted in an office by the recruiting company, then you should pay attention to the venue.
In a situation where you are invited to an interview and asked to sit outside a building without any recognisable official representation, you should be worried. In Nigeria, we have had candidates invited to interviews and had to sit outside unconventional and sometimes suspicious-looking structures.
“Some people invite candidates for a job or job assessment as if an interview has already taken place. That is not a real job. Some even go as far as saying they have assessed your credentials, which you never sent in.
Another way to spot a fake job is the company name. Some company names sound funny and this is the point where you want to do your research on the company,” a recruitment consultant based in Lagos, Michael Ogunbanwo said.