Recently some of my clients have reported being contacted by an employer to go for an interview where they had never applied for a job! Some of them went to the interview and then subsequently found out they were NOT being considered for a managerial position, as they had been led to believe, but were instead offered an entry level and sometimes commission-based sales job.
When an employer contacts you and you did not apply for any position with them, think of this as an early warning sign telling you to proceed with caution. It is usually NOT so easy to get an interview, and for most jobs you must really prove yourself qualified and worthy. Ask yourself why this employer is contacting you or why a job has been offered so readily after a short or non-existent interview? — It could be that the work is difficult and low-paying OR it could be that the position and company are a scam designed to get your personal information and even your money.
When you are considering going to an interview or accepting a position, make sure you have researched the company online. Try googling the company name and reading what comes up. Also look at websites like glassdoor.com to find out about the salaries and what past employees are saying about the company. If the organization has a website, look to see if it is a good one: does it describe exactly what the company offers its customers? Does it have a contact number? Do you see any spelling mistakes or grammatical errors in the website?
If you decide to go for the interview, make sure you follow your intuition! If the job offer seems to fall in your lap with the briefest of interviews and it seems too good to be true, this might actually be the case. Be cautious if you are asked immediately too many personal details such as address, birth date, social insurance number, and especially banking information. You can always tell a perspective employer that you need a day or two to think about your response to a job offer, and then you have time to seek out more information before making a decision.
Tip written by Heather Musser, Career Paths Career Counsellor, Back in Motion