Abuse of Job Applicants

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by palmharbor, May 14, 2013.

  1. palmharbor macrumors 6502

    Jul 31, 2007
    Applied for a job with MARKETSTAR...got this email rejection but says I should record an interview on-line for the indefinite future USING AN LG PHONE.
    So, I guess I am expected to go out and buy this phone, use it to record this interview in the hopes that some day, they may actually look at it if there is a job open in my area. How reasonable is that?
    Dear Phil

    Thank you for applying for our company. At this time we have decided to move forward with another candidate; however we would like to keep your information in our database for future openings. We have recently started doing video interviews and we would like to have your video on file along with your application and resume, so when new openings come, it will speed up the process. Please click on the link below to take you to a third-party website, HireVue, where you can find further instructions on what we need you to do and complete the interview.

    Please note, the final question of the digital interview will have to do a presentation on an LG Smartphone Device. Please do some research and be prepared to spend 2-3 minutes discussing the features and benefits of the product as if you were a representative in a retail store.


    Again, we thank you for your time and hope to talk to you in regards to another job opportunity soon!

    MarketStar Corporation
  2. chown33 macrumors 604

    Aug 9, 2009
    Sailing beyond the sunset
    Maybe they're pimping marketing LG products to their "applicants". It would not be the first time I've seen what were promoted as "job interviews" or "job-seeking seminars" actually be product marketing.

    After all, MarketStar's own web page says "outsourced sales and marketing", so it's conceivable that's what they might be doing.
  3. MegamanX macrumors regular

    May 13, 2013
    that is just wrong on so many levels. I would not be surprised if the job posting is completely fake and really they are using it to advertise for that phone.
  4. Mousse macrumors 68000


    Apr 7, 2008
    Flea Bottom, King's Landing
    Eh? What? Is that how you read that?

    I'm going to assume that they're an advertizing/marketing company. The way I understand it, they want you do a short clip to convince someone the LG Smartphone Device is somehow "magical" and "insanely great."
  5. Toppa G's macrumors 6502

    Jun 19, 2003
    The exurbs, MN
    This is how I read this as well - it wouldn't make sense to direct applicants to create the video recording using a device that is uncommon, nor would it make sense to have that kind of requirement at all...
  6. MarkCollette macrumors 68000


    Mar 6, 2003
    Toronto, Canada
    Could be that they have a specific individual they want to hire, but have to go through an open hiring process, so this is the specific requirement intended to disqualify all but the intended hire.
  7. SMDBill macrumors 6502

    Apr 12, 2013
    I think you misinterpreted their message. I believe what they meant to say is that the final question will require each person to do a presentation via video where candidates are asked to demonstrate the LG Smartphone Device as if they were a salesman trying to sell it. I don't believe they were asking you to USE it to make the presentation, but rather to make a video simulating you promoting one via presentation.

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