I am now starting to wonder if the job advertisement I am replying to is a bona fide ad with a real job attached to it.
You simply cannot tell anymore. The only way you could tell for certain is if you know somebody directly employed in that department at that company; they’d vouch for the ad whether it is real or not.
In fact, exactly that happened when I was working at this one particular job. I opened up the Help Wanted ads one Sunday and lo and behold, there is an ad — and a sizable one — for the supervisor of our department.
To my knowledge, the boss was not leaving.
I had a part time job at another lab at the time; one of the guys who was my sometime supervisor there applied for the job at our lab. He wanted to know what was going on, since about 3 weeks had elapsed and he hadn’t gotten a reply from the HR department.
I told him what I told all of you: No, she isn’t leaving and that’s as far as we know — and nobody at all has been in for an interview.
Nobody ever came in for an interview at all. Very very odd.
Who knows why they ran that ad? The boss’ situation was a unique one: she wasn’t going to be replaced by management; she was more or less there to stay and she was brought in with the intent of acting as “The Terminator”: straigtening out the department…and the people.
Years later, she was farmed out and her “job” was replaced with another one, quite different, NOT related to our department at all whatsoever. She was more or less fired as head of our department. (I was long gone by that time; I heard about her “new job” in the business section of our local paper)
This incident happened eons ago. To see a phoney ad was rare. The kooks, weirdoes, scammers and walkers that preyed on job hunters were few and far in between.
I have just replied to 3 ads in a row where I know for certain one job did not exist — that was the guy who asked me to do a presentation — and as for the other 2, I’m sure that something was odd there, too.
Company B, I am convinced, ran the ad to collect names and addresses under the guise of “we need your 3 refrences; bring them to the interview” and Company C interviewed me for only a reason they know of. When I arrived at that interview, i was told “Jack isn’t in; he was called away. I will do the interview.” At 10:30 in the morning? Yes, something is funny here; I have seen this same “he’s not here” at least a dozen times over the years I have been employed and looking for a job.
So who do you trust?
It’s like you simply cannot tell anymore. Too many enocounters with the “boy who cried wolf.” And when there’s a real job attached to the ad, who knows?
If you are lucky enough to have a gut feeling about the ad and/or company, I say trust it. If something seems too good to be true, skip the ad or run like hades if you are at the interview. If you are not comfortable with a company’s request or you think the request is more than just a bit too much to ask of a job candidate, refuse to do what they ask: do you want a job THAT BADLY? I think not.
Why should you waste your time?
That’s the bottom line.
That’s what it boils down to.
YOU are the one IN CHARGE. Don’t let these bastards have you bend over and grab your ankles, so to speak.