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Fake job interview scam
Asked on 2021-01-03 17:53 by Vasundhara V.

Hello all
Just sharing an experience so everyone can keep an eye for scammers during job interviews. I have been getting a lot of help from the PhaseAI team and website. I came across a job opening at McGill University for a data scientist (
I applied for the role on December 30, 2020 and received a follow up email on Saturday, Jan 2, 2021. I followed the instructions and added the "HR" on skype. I was told the interview will be in an hour and will be a "organized text questionnaire". They were typing in the specifics of the job and introducing me to everything. This was followed up by interview questions, like what is your strength and weakness, how do you cope up with work stress, etc., where everything was typed. In the end they told me to wait for 20 mins if I wanted to know the decision of the interview and later said that I've been selected. 
Then started asking me my address and and phone number. I said I wanted to know if I am talking to the right person and they never replied. 

I was really sad that the first time I was offered a job was fake. 

Response #1
By Wojciech G. on 2021-01-04 02:45
Hi Vasu,

First, thank you for the kind words, and I'm glad that you are finding our website helpful.

That's absolutely terrible to hear. Have you reached out to Career Jet or to McGill University to let them know about this?

Did the people you were interacting with have McGill University email addresses? If not, then that's usually a red flag -- one should always be interacting directly with the employer or a recruiting firm, when entering the later stages of an interview process.

Thank you,

Response #2
By Andrea Y. on 2021-01-04 03:37
Thanks for sharing, Vasu. What an awful experience you went through and a helpful red flag to share with other job seekers.

We're cheering for you as you continue your search!


Response #3
By Sara G. on 2021-01-04 20:17
That's terrible. Glad you saw right through them and that you're not letting this bad experience get you down.