Mary shared this close encounter with a potential job scam:
“I actually went to a place that was in a remote location, had a scheduled interview for like 5 p.m. Anyways I went to look for the place to make sure I knew where I was going… the place was an old business complex, with everything shut down, windows boarded up and everything… scary didn’t go to interview!”
Glad you listened to your gut on that one Mary! Showing up early for a job interview is great for a lot of reasons, but we usually recommending leaving early because it gives you time to:
1. Make sure you have the right location
2. Be certain you’re on time (or early) for the interview
3. Make time for the unexpected (getting lost, forgetting something you need,etc.)
But after hearing your story, we’re going to have to add one to the list:
4. Make sure your interview isn’t being held in a terrifyingly suspicious boarded-up building.
What should you do if you show up to a sketchy-looking interview location?
Listen to your instincts and leave. If you have left early there’s plenty of time to make sure you don’t have the wrong address, and though interviews are great opportunities, it’s simply not worth putting yourself at risk if something seems off.