Cold Call Hiring Scams

I politely declined today’s job offer.

Technically, to say that I was offered a job is an overstatement. I hadn’t actually received any formal offer — only an interview — but I’m sure that had I gone to the interview, I would have received a job offer. I declined it, anyway. I’ve heard of American Insurance.

When their receptionist called, I couldn’t get a word in edgewise before she let loose with her spiel.

My name is Kira, and I’m from American Insurance. We came across your resume on Careerbuilder, and we thought you’d like to come to the interviews on Thursday.

Well, I’d like to, but …

Before we get started, I’d like to talk a little bit about our company. We’re an insurance company, and we’ve been around for 50 years. We won’t be asking you to cold-call anyone, or to sell insurance to your family.

That’s very interesting, but …

We work with local labor unions, and we have a variety of positions open — from sales to management, depending, of course, on your experience.

I cut in.

How do I get paid? Is it wage or salary, or is it commission?

Pregnant pause. I think she could tell that I wasn’t just any desperate, jobless loser.

Sales positions are paid by commission.

I’m not sure I want to do this. I would really prefer having a stable income, with at least some base wage or salary.

I pretended to take down her number in case I decided to show up to the interview, because here’s no point in being rude to someone who answers phones for a living. A few verbal sidesteps later I thanked her for her time and hung up, and I assume she did likewise.

Generally, one good way to ferret out Internet scams involves asking yourself whether or not an employer called and you hadn’t heard about it in advance.

Here I thought cold calling wasn’t one of the jobs on the menu.


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