Currently I'm searching for job in IT as a fresher.
I registered on many job portals like Monster.com, naukri.com and a few others.

I have been receiving calls from various local job consultancies. Which are mainly spammers as far as I know.

Yesterday I received a call for direct interview in some of the top MNCs. I shared that with my elder brother who suggested me to be aware of the frauds. And after searching their number I realized that they were faking.

How to avoid being cheated by spam companies (as they are getting common in the region I live in)?

The basic purpose of this question is to know if there are some basic things that every company should have and a newbie should know as They are more susceptible to forgery ?

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    Apply with the company? I'm not sure what other answer you're looking for here. We have numerous other questions on identifying scams or dishonest recruiters.
    – Lilienthal
    Nov 13, 2016 at 17:29
  • My question is how to apply without being scammed ,being a fresher I don't have the experience to judge a company. @Lilienthal Nov 13, 2016 at 19:13
  • You want to apply to "top MNCs" without knowing what that means? Voting to close as unclear what you're asking.
    – Masked Man
    Nov 13, 2016 at 23:57
  • @IshanMahajan "how to apply without being scammed" - the best thing is to be on the lookout for it, which it sounds like you are since you already identified one scammer.
    – Brandin
    Nov 14, 2016 at 8:10
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    If you don't respond to any recruiters, you can't be cheated. Nov 15, 2016 at 20:32

3 Answers 3

  • Apply directly on the company's website.
  • On job sites, apply through internal recruiters, that is, recruiters who are direct employees of the company.
  • Apply through reputed third-party recruitment agencies.
  • I have learned from my college seniors that you'll need a reference to have your resume even considered and its hard withou references Nov 13, 2016 at 15:56
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    Find better advisors then. 14 of my last 20 interviews have come through the above methods, with the others coming through references. You asked for methods without using references, so I gave you the options. If you already "know" that you cannot get interviews without references, then what exactly do you want to hear here?
    – Masked Man
    Nov 13, 2016 at 16:09
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    I don't understand what you mean by being "cheated". The worst that could happen is you show up at the company's office for an interview and the security guard sends you away because you have a bogus interview invitation. There is very less likelihood of that happening anyway because in case of big MNCs, the interview invitation is sent by the company's employee, not the consultancy. That aside, I am rather amused to learn that a fresher can declare a consultancy fake with absolute certainty by just searching their number.
    – Masked Man
    Nov 13, 2016 at 17:04
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    So only apply to companies that are at least a year old (or 2, or 5) and never pay a company you're applying for. Since you're already aware of these risks, what exactly is the problem?
    – Yexo
    Nov 13, 2016 at 20:34
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    @Ishan A company asking money for a job is clearly a fraud, and if you are already aware of that, then all you have to do is back off and refuse to pay. How will you get cheated then? "You are not aware of the frauds here in the regions I live in." I am Indian, I am more aware of the frauds than you.
    – Masked Man
    Nov 13, 2016 at 23:51

To contribute more to the discussion, I am mentioning the red flags being noticed by me while I was at a fake consulting firm for a job.

  1. Neither the main entrance of the office nor the reception had any mention of the Consultancy name.
  2. I noticed the team of HRs were dressed in formals and were getting forms filled from other interviewees.
  3. I was asked to put my phone on silent mode so I did that but retained my focus on the surroundings.
  4. I saw a dude coming out of the Interview room and he specifically looked at me and said something while exiting (which I understood later).
  5. I entered the HR’s cabin. There was a company name board in this room behind the HR but it was partially covered by the curtain.
  6. After Round 1, money came into the picture and I was asked to deposit an amount of INR 3500 to carry on with the next round. Obviously, nobody carries such an amount in their wallets during the interview. So, I was asked to withdraw it from a nearby ATM.
  7. If you are given a person to accompany you till ATM, beware as something is fishy. I asked the guy for directions but he insisted on accompanying me downstairs.

NOTE: None of the MNCs in India charge money from the job seekers rather they charge it from the consultancy. If you are asked to pay for anything, feel free to step out.

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    If you are asked to pay for anything, do not "feel free to step out": instead run away as fast as your little legs will carry you, you're already in trouble. Mar 28, 2019 at 12:34
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    All of this up to point 6 seems pretty normal. But asking the applicant for money is the real red flag. No reputable company would ever do that. If someone claims that you need to pay them money to get a job, they are lying.
    – Philipp
    Mar 28, 2019 at 12:35

It sounds like you're waiting for people to contact you. I'm unsure how job searching works in India but I'd imagine you go to them and they call you back if they're interested.

So basically, apply with your resume, have a good, current call back number and any contact info, then wait. Apply to multiple places for best result.

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