I'm an IT student and I'm graduating this summer. (This is important because I need to remark my lack of experience dealing with employers, job offers and such).
Because of this I've started to look for a job, and to do so I've opened a LinkedIn profile and after a week some employer from a foreign country contacted me with a "job" offer.
I'm quoting job because the way he has presented the offer, to me it looked more like it was some extra training.
After doing a bit of research of what the company was all about and what the offer had to do with it, I've realised that the company gives some extra training to their new employees and after that assigns them projects that they should manage and take care of. Which to me sounded very cool and promising.
I kept reading and searching on the web and I've found out that some guy rejected a job offer because they never told him that he was supposed to pay for that training, and he had to discover it the same day they gave him the contract in order to sign it (tiny letter in the papers).
It doesn't look like very clean business to me since they are not very clear in the very beginning on what they are offering to you and having to find this (the fact that they will make you pay for the training) out it just looks like they are trying to "scam" you.
For that and because of another post where another guy worked there and complained that after his first project assignment his managers and superiors stopped replying to his e-mails, I've lost any trust that I could have regarding that company and hence I want to reject the offer. (I would also have to relocate from my country to theirs)
So here are my questions:
How do I go about properly rejecting, politely(?), the offer?
Am I going to find a lot of employers/companies like this?
How to really tell if you're dealing with a scammer? And if so, how to protect yourself in these cases?
Another one which is not really related to this main issue:
- Is it ok to ask for how much you will be paid for that job? Or it will just get your image dirty? I'm also specially interested in this one because if they ask you to relocate, your earning should be high enough to pay for food, a flat rental and other stuff like that.