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This morning I saw a job advert for a web developer position, and I despite seeing a few red flags, I decided to apply.

According to the advert, the job revolves around building a "chat and video service" that is "unique" and "new". The system has already been "designed", but "not implemented".

The company does not seem to exist on the Web. I searched the name of the company on Google and Bing but the only results are from the job site I came from(!)

Also tried the domain name from the email, but that only gets me to a parked domain, and there does not seem to be a cached version of the page.

No WHOIS information on the domain name either.

Later today, I received a reply:

"Your application for one of our vacancies has been shortlisted, before we get into the realms of interviews etc I think it would be worthwhile to meet up over a coffee where I can provide you with an overview of our project and see if it is suited to you. Could you let me have a date/time that is convenient for you to come to Ashford so we can have an informal discussion."

Do you think I should accept the invitation, or is it likely to be a waste of time and petrol? (The job's ~30 miles from where I live.)

Edit: My main concern is to end up in a scam, or chatting with a lunatic who thinks he's invented the next Facebook

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PORN

Could be onto a winner :)

Don't take anything expensive, maybe a witness to sit in a corner and pretend to not know you...

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This happened to me once and it was a start up web host, and I got the job!

I also had to sign an NDA before attending an interview.

However it might be worth Googling the names of people calling you to the interview instead and see what they have been involved.

When I went for the interview I was at least aware the Directors had a track record in setting up web hosting companies and had in fact sold their last venture to a very big US host.

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This sounds pretty typical of a start-up - I've met lots of people in coffee shops for such purposes. I would suggest you look the people involved up on LinkedIn - they really ought to be there anyway if they're to attract investors.

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This morning I saw a job advert for a web developer position, and I despite seeing a few red flags, I decided to apply.

According to the advert, the job revolves around building a "chat and video service" that is "unique" and "new". The system has already been "designed", but "not implemented".

The company does not seem to exist on the Web. I searched the name of the company on Google and Bing but the only results are from the job site I came from(!)

Also tried the domain name from the email, but that only gets me to a parked domain, and there does not seem to be a cached version of the page.

No WHOIS information on the domain name either.

Later today, I received a reply:

"Your application for one of our vacancies has been shortlisted, before we get into the realms of interviews etc I think it would be worthwhile to meet up over a coffee where I can provide you with an overview of our project and see if it is suited to you. Could you let me have a date/time that is convenient for you to come to Ashford so we can have an informal discussion."

Do you think I should accept the invitation, or is it likely to be a waste of time and petrol? (The job's ~30 miles from where I live.)

Edit: My main concern is to end up in a scam, or chatting with a lunatic who thinks he's invented the next Facebook

Well one day soon, if not already, there will be such a person. ;)

Small chance but nonethless. Nothing to lose.

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Not entirely relevant but if you do decide to turn it down..

See if you can flunk it with more style than this:

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PORN

This is how a friend of mine got into porn for mobile. He described to me that they had to use different close ups and timing to make it effective on the mobile device (pre-iphone).

It was fascinating. Go, because you never know!

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Should I bother?

One word NO.

I have been playing games with job adverts as a part of my research.

Period. Employers are totally taking the Michael and really trying it on.

What next a PhD in personal communications to do a job as a Barman on a 12 hour temporary contract at minimum wage.

Dave go back to your sixth form tutor for more education on life and demote Cleggy as your fag.

GGMS. :rolleyes:

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This sounds pretty typical of a start-up - I've met lots of people in coffee shops for such purposes. I would suggest you look the people involved up on LinkedIn - they really ought to be there anyway if they're to attract investors.

I can't find the guy on LinkedIn, or any other social network. But I found a website he's made. Apparently he works as a consultant, selling and installing telephone & network equipment.

The webpages are written in the first person, and are "powered by Google Sites".

There's a log available on the site :huh: The log shows that the website was built in just one morning, and never touched again.

There's a link to a blog on Blogspot, with only one entry.

There are enough red flags for me to call it quit :P

One word NO.

I have been playing games with job adverts as a part of my research.

Period. Employers are totally taking the Michael and really trying it on.

What next a PhD in personal communications to do a job as a Barman on a 12 hour temporary contract at minimum wage.

The salary is quite high. In fact, it's 25% higher than the average rate. A bit high, considering it's a non-existing. This another red flag.

Dave go back to your sixth form tutor for more education on life and demote Cleggy as your fag.

Huh?

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Has anyone ever worked at a IT recruitment agency recently or put an advert on Jobserve? What was the response and was it really littered with Indians/Nigerians etc?

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If you do go, take someone with you who'll watch that you don't get kidnapped.

I heard the latest thing was to kidnap middle class people actually looking for work and selling them to foreign dictators to use in slave factories.

:)

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If you do go, take someone with you who'll watch that you don't get kidnapped.

I heard the latest thing was to kidnap middle class people actually looking for work and selling them to foreign dictators to use in slave factories.

:)

They have factories where they make slaves?

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Don't go. I've got a really, really bad feeling about this.

The job could be kosher, but.... there are plenty of legit web developer jobs out there to apply for. The earlier poster who mentioned the kidnap possibility has spooked me too. Ok, so it's probably unlikely, but why risk it?

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Don't go. I've got a really, really bad feeling about this.

Go, go it will be fine. Just set up a youtube feed...

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They have factories where they make slaves?

yeah death by snusnu?

(Which of course is a piss take of the Carry on Up the Jungle where they find the tribe of women.)

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I can't find the guy on LinkedIn, or any other social network. But I found a website he's made. Apparently he works as a consultant, selling and installing telephone & network equipment.

The webpages are written in the first person, and are "powered by Google Sites".

There's a log available on the site :huh: The log shows that the website was built in just one morning, and never touched again.

There's a link to a blog on Blogspot, with only one entry.

There are enough red flags for me to call it quit :P

The salary is quite high. In fact, it's 25% higher than the average rate. A bit high, considering it's a non-existing. This another red flag.

Huh?

Could be a big opportunity, you would kick yourself if it takes off and you could have been part of it...

If you want to learn more about this bloke use the site you already have.

1. Do a whois on the domain name (he may have registered it in his own name)

2. Install a plug in called SEO for firefox, it will allow you to interrogate the web page you have check out where he has built backlinks from and whether he has any material on other social networking sites, delicio and the like.

If you are in this game you will already know the value of what I am talking about here if his website(s) has any chance at all to rank, if it has no back linking history and is 'dead in the water' then he really may be bullshitting you.....

Even if it has and you decide to talk to the guy it will give you the opportunity to question him on this 'achievement'.

Still worth an hours research though to drill it down...

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And the winner is:

Lol. Did you attend the interview then? Get any free credits?

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Lol. Did you attend the interview then? Get any free credits?

Yes. The interview took place in a hotel lounge as they don't have offices yet.

I was really nervous because the whole thing was so secretive. I was had lots of stories running in my head (scam, organ-harvesting gang, returning home to find there was a burglary...)

But the 2 guys who did the interview were ok.

Their business is a porn website where customers can buy credits, then connect to a girl's webcam and have her "perform".

The project didn't sound anything special (as far as IT or web development is concerned). No problem there.

But the scary part of the interview was that they are not looking for any technical skills in particular: Their main concern was finding someone who is be able to work closely with the IT manager.

They described him as an "eccentric" individual, who has a "unique way" to do his job. (If you've worked in IT before you know this is a huge red flag).

I think my face twitched when they announced that. I'm not expecting to hear back from the interview. :D

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Yes. The interview took place in a hotel lounge as they don't have offices yet.

I was really nervous because the whole thing was so secretive. I was had lots of stories running in my head (scam, organ-harvesting gang, returning home to find there was a burglary...)

But the 2 guys who did the interview were ok.

Their business is a porn website where customers can buy credits, then connect to a girl's webcam and have her "perform".

The project didn't sound anything special (as far as IT or web development is concerned). No problem there.

But the scary part of the interview was that they are not looking for any technical skills in particular: Their main concern was finding someone who is be able to work closely with the IT manager.

They described him as an "eccentric" individual, who has a "unique way" to do his job. (If you've worked in IT before you know this is a huge red flag).

I think my face twitched when they announced that. I'm not expecting to hear back from the interview. :D

It's occurred to me, this could have been a way to kidnap well-to-do IT contractors. Never been asked to do an interview in a hotel before,but will be on my guard if this happens in future. Just too easy to use a few payg mobiles, set up a dummy website, and then lure in prey.

:unsure:

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