Is that job application legitimate? How to spot a job scam

New research has shown that many jobseekers are having trouble spotting the signs of a job scam.

Tuesday, 12th July 2016, 1:21 pm
Updated Tuesday, 12th July 2016, 2:22 pm

The survey of 2,000 UK workers revealed that a vast majority - 72.1 per cent - admitted that they would not recognise the signs of a job scam, assuming that any online job post was legitimate.

And 98 per cent of candidates would continue with an application even if they suspect that a job might not be genuine.

CV-Library, and SAFERJobs, who conducted the survey, have compiled a guide to spotting job scams.

*Use of personal email addresses i.e. [email protected] rather than company or organisational ones.

*Regular spelling and grammatical mistakes, often indicate poor translation.

*Unrealistic salaries (if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is).

*Stating ‘No Experience Necessary’ as a job title.

*A job offer without an interview.

*Extortionate DBS costs (anything over £75 should be queried), or requesting a candidate to pay for a CRB check (Criminal Records Bureau), which no longer exists.

*Premium rate phone numbers for interviews.

*Illegitimate company names and web addresses.