7 signs of a scam job interview

With recruitment scams conning up to 10% of UK jobseekers, ministers are warning candidates to be cautious in their job search. According to a BBC report, jobseekers have been losing up to £500 for non-existent checks or being tricked into calling premium rate phone lines for interviews.

What's more concerning, is that jobseeker fraud is on the rise. Keith Rosser, Chairman of SAFERjobs, a joint industry and law enforcement organisation which aims to tackle recruitment fraud, added: “In the last two years we have witnessed a 300% rise in recruitment related fraud and misconduct."

To prevent candidates from becoming victims of job scam, USA Today’s ‘The Job Network’ has collated a list of job interview signs that could indicate something fishy is going on between your candidate and their interviewer.

They have been collated below:  

1. The interview is too fast

Whilst interviews don’t need to be long and gruelling, if they’re too short, this could be a sign of hiring incompetence - or desperation. For example, offering the job too quickly could indicate trouble with filling the role, which could put your candidate off.

2. It’s too secretive

If the interview doesn’t take place at the potential employer’s office location, this can immediately cause distrust. Other fishy signs include not meeting the person holding the position they’re replacing, not knowing why the position is open and not meeting anyone else on the team.

3. Asking your candidate for money

This is fraudulent – and it’s not a practice of legitimate recruiters. According to a study from CV-Library and SAFERjobs, one in 10 jobseekers have been a victim of a job scam, with dupes costing them, on average, up to £500. The victims, typically on a low income, have been asked to pay costs for pre-employment screening, such as security checks.

Employment Minister, Damian Hinds, is calling on recruitment firms to do their part in highlighting the issue of fraud. He said: "Jobseekers, typically ordinary people on low income, are being targeted by fraudsters. Many of the people affected are just looking to provide for their families, and instead face financial hardship at no fault of their own."

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