Beware! Job Scams!!
There are fake job ads (of big companies) that make you think somebody has a job for you, and end up being ads for background checks or certification programs you don’t need.
There are many companies that run job ads continuously just to be able to interview candidates and get free advice (and sometimes even free work) out of them.
The worst and most common job search scam is the one we call the “basic job search scam.” Way too many employers pull this trick and way too many job candidates fall for it.
The basic job search scam is a recruiting process that serves mostly to cow and bully job seekers into thinking that qualified candidates are a dime a dozen, so they had better accept whatever measly job offer they get.
You can tell when you run into the basic job search scam. You feel very honored to have been selected for a phone interview or even better, a face-to-face interview. Everyone is very formal with you, maybe even dismissive. They convey the message, “You are no one special. You’d better step your game up if you want to work for us!”
You might kill yourself getting through the entire hiring process only to get the job offer and find out that the people who told you a million times how lucky you’d be to get hired are actually halfwits and poseurs. You bent over backwards to please them, and then you got the job and found out that you got scammed. The company itself is a joke. The managers have no idea what they’re doing, and they’re mean and petty on top of being stupid.