Hall of Shame III

The “Interview” That Turns Into a Seminar

This is usually one employed by companies in the financial services sector (an area that is rife with false promises) but the surprising thing is that they’ll put a large, well-known company name out there.  So people bite!

The job description in the help-wanted ad sounds like it is a solid entry level position into a major company.  You get the call to schedule an interview, and you’re excited!  You head to a large, shiny glass office building in the heart of the business district.

Upon exiting the elevator and checking in, you realize you are about one of 20 “interviewees” who was told to show up at the scheduled time.  You’ll be herded into a conference room, and the pitch begins.  It is usually a commission-only sales job.  You might watch a video on how successful others have been, rah, rah, rah.

Just leave this thing as soon as you can.  It is solely a means to lure people in to listen to their pitch about what a great opportunity they have in selling stock, insurance, or whatever the scam du jour is.  I guess they can’t use a carnival barker with a sandwich sign anymore so they have to resort to this.

These companies are actually not the major companies they pretend to be, but independent “sales” companies operating under their umbrella.  If they can lure enough people into one of these seminars, they can usually count on hooking a few of the folks who are most susceptible to their brand of self-helpy, positive-thinking harangues.  And by not REALLY being the large, brand-name company that they claim to represent, it gives the brand-name company plausible deniability, as the CIA would put it.

It amazes me that there’s this parasitic relationship out there, but it exists.


2 thoughts on “Hall of Shame III

  1. This happened to me once, though it wasn’t a major-brand scam. I thought I was going to a personal interview. The ad was vague but intriguing, something about a business promoting imposter designer perfumes. There were about 40 people crowded into the waiting room, then we were shuffled into an auditorium. We sat on folding chairs and listened to a spiel about them looking for individuals to run franchises where “weekends and long hours are mandatory.” I stayed about 15 minutes and walked out, annoyed throughout the two-hour drive home.

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