It’s Job hunting season, and I am looking for a job, just like many of you are. But It came to my attention that most of the job interviews I am getting are fake, in other words most of the companies that are contacting me are neither legitimate nor legal.
Scams are an unfortunate aspect of life. As someone who has been for sometimes in the field, I have learned not to believe everything I see. Although a company may look genuine,Â in reality, it could turn out to be a scam. You have to do your research, before you waste your valuable time, and start working for an illegal company.
Working for an illegal company is the worst scam you can fall for, sometimes you might get legally framed for something you didn’t do, and sometimes it’s just as simple as you not getting paid for your work.
In this post, I am going to share with you some of my tips on How to Check if a Job Offer Is legitimate?
Â Check The Registration Data For Their Website.
UsingÂ freeÂ domain who-is tools, you can sometimes know the person who registered the website, and when it will expire. For example if the website has been registered recently and expires soon, the company is a scam. Some hosts keep the information of the domain owner private. This does not necessarily mean it is a scam.
Check The Website For Legitimate Contact Info.
This is probably the most important info you have to look for. If their website doesn’t include a real address and a phone number, the company is probably illegal,Â and so is the offered job.. Since emails and domain names are easy to obtain, having an email address is not as trustworthy as offline contact information.
Make Sure This Company Is Registered In Your Country.
SinceÂ people can easily fake their contact info on the website, you have to make sure that this company does actually have a local address and contact number in your country.
How Professional Is The Company’s Website?
Check if the website is well-built, and has valid info. Legitimate companies usually take care of their online presence, and will have a well-built website.
Other things to check on their website.
Obviously if you are dealing with an online company their website will be your first port of call. Otherwise, if you are dealing with an offline company seeking out their website is a good way to find out more about them. If you notice poor English used frequently on a website, invalid pages, or anything weird, it could be a sign of trouble.
Search For The Company On LinkedIn
A simple search on LinkedIn will help you identify if the company is actually reputable, and how many people work there. For example if the CEO of the company has less than 100 connections, the company might be a fraud.
Check What Other People Are Saying about it.
A simple Google search, will help you find websites and people that have reviewed the company, or mentioned it. If the reviews were bad, or if you couldn’t find any mention of the company, the company might be a fraud.
Go With Your Gut
Finally, one of the best pieces of advice is to simply go with your gut feeling. If you have any suspicions and if you feel uncomfortable, walk away and take your resume elsewhere – it’s better to be safe than sorry.