UPDATE (on 10 Nov): After my text message at around midnight, which I repeat, “Searched the internet which pointd out to a NuSkin enterprise a part of Pharmanex. Oh yes i hv read about NuSkin which are great products but i am not cut our for sales. Can you pls tell me the name of yr company?”, I got a text response at 3 am:
“It’s not all about sales, lets just meet so u cud finally understand the whole information. U can’t make a dcision out of bits and pcs of information. Check out the possibility for yrself n find out how u can be of help and significance to others thru ths opportunity, I promise u I will answer all yr concerns.”
To which I sent another text message, “So what’s the name of your company? This is getting to be suspicious. I do not go to meetings without knowing who I am meeting wit. I’m just asking for one vital information–the name of your company. It’s so basic and professional.”
NO RESPONSE AFTER THAT. By the way, the telephone number is: 09178411869, I repeat 09178411869.
(Original Entry) On 9 November:
While I was on my way home a while ago from the supermarket, I got this kinda interesting phone call from a certain BS who spoke well, and in business-like fashion. I asked him to call me back in 5 minutes, as I would be home by then. He called up an hour later to explain that he was
from a certain company based in the US, and that his company was looking for some key people that its company would employ for their import/export business.
He asked if I was employed at the moment, I told him, yes, I had a number of activities, like running a virtual office and doing freelance research and writing. He said he was impressed, and even found me to be a dynamic person–the right qualifications that they wanted, including the fact that I loved interacting with other people and helping them.
No matter how I asked to find our about his company, he tried to evade giving me a direct answer. Finally, I asked if in this venture I was expected to shell out some money. No, he laughed out, he was offering a job that would be financially rewarding, not one in which I have to invest money. And by the way, he said I was in their shortlist, and said something about prequalification. I asked him to email me, but he said his company was not the type that conducted its major activities online.
I asked who referred me to him, he said something like some sort of headhunters, but he was not sure anymore which of the headhunters they employed. Since he would like to know more about me, he gave me the option to meet him in their office, either in Ortigas or Makati, and yes, in smart casual attire. I agreed to meet him in his office, after office hours he suggested so as not to interfere with my current work. He said that as we are all professionals and that our time was precious, he would assume that I would not be backing out of the appointment. He said to wait for his text message for details of the appointment.
The text message goes this way, “Hi (my full name)! It’s Basil Semilla. I’ll meet u on the soft launching of our 2nd div. on thu 11/15, 630 pm sharp in our corporate ofc at 15th flr, Octagon ctr. in miguel ave. Ortigas, pasig. It’s just bside Linden Suites. (My full name), ths is purely invitational n its not open to everybody. I’ve reserved one slot for u. Kindly rely if u receive this msg. See u n God bless.”
Immediately, there were doubts that came to mind–questions that could detect misrepresentation: (a) he would not give the name of his company, (b) he didn’t ask me to bring my resume, (c) he didn’t know that I was retired, (d) the meeting was supposed to be an interview, not for a soft launch, (e) the interview was supposed to be telling them about myself, not listening about them, (f) meeting was after office hours, (g) his company would not communicate by email, and many more.
Fishy? Think smart. Google search.
I sent him a text message: “Hi, Basil. This acknowledges rcpt of your txt msg. Is your office by the way associated with Pharmanex? If it is please count me out.”
He responded by another text message after half an hour: “Just read yr msg What is pharmanex?”
To which I replied, “Searched the internet which pointd out to a NuSkin enterprise a part of Pharmanex. Oh yes i hv read about NuSkin which are great products but i am not cut our for sales. Can you pls tell me the name of yr company?”
I did not get a response after that.
Dear Readers, you might be interested to read about similar experiences with a company in the 15th Floor, Octagon Center, which has apparently victimized, some say “scammed” a lot of people with their misrepresentations–just to get people come to their office to listen to their sales talk.
Can they not just directly tell the people, “Hi, we sell —-, and you might be interested. May we invite you to our office at 15th Floor, Octagon Center…”.
It’s such a waste of time, precious time, to come to a sales presentation, which from the start was in the guise of a job offer. More so, I felt betrayed, almost duped. Imagine, almost grinning from ear to ear, to believe for a while that I got what seemed to be a good job offer, even if I knew in my heart that I loved doing what I am currently involved with.
If the products are legitimate, why entice people through misrepresentation instead of through mention of the merits of the products.
I write about this to say, enough is enough, and people, BEWARE. It’s high time maybe for the company to reassess their strategy, not to victimize/scam people through misrepresentation, or what they might call their innovative marketing strategy. I have even heard of cases when they bad mouthed some bloggers who unravelled their uncanny tactics.
By the way, read BA’s interesting piece, What are they up to?
BA has written the bits and pieces that I missed in this post.
Read some of the bloggers’ experiences, and judge for yourself. Could you be the next?
Quoting Prudence and Madness let me invite “those who also have posts about this issue, just leave a comment and I’ll link you up. It’s good to compile a list of posts related to the topic so that blog readers will be able to have ample source of information aside from the information provided by the companies themselves or by their employees.
(Well, okay, if you’re working for those companies that use these recruitment strategies, you’re also welcome to leave comments and links. )”
Latest Links: Prudence and Madness’ New Recruitment Strategies by Companies.
Ris’ i almost fell for that one: NUskin
Maki Eduardo’s noneed4ink.com/?p=322
Shari’s Recruitment Strategy? Beware and Be Aware
NEW UPDATE IS HERE
DISCLAIMER: Author has noticed the posting of this article in full in a Beware of NuSkin Campaign, without Author’s permission. Please note that this act itself is an act of MISREPRESENTATION and a breach of Intellectual Property Rights. This article has been written as a general article to inform and not to be a vehicle of a hate campaign against any individual, entity or organization.
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