Life is short, and if we want to experience something for ourselves before knowing, we can not be able to tell the tale ourselves, but someone else can.
After the tragic story of Iniubong, who only wanted to interview for a job but instead died unnecessarily, it became important to write this. If you've been following the story closely, you've probably noticed that she was very cautious and did most of the things she should have done to stay healthy.
She told her family and friends where she was going, kept in touch with her friend throughout the journey, and sent messages about her whereabouts.
Below is a screenshot of a friend and I having a chat.
Even as things were tense at the site, she made a distress call, according to police records, in which her voice was heard in a distressing manner until the call suddenly ended.
So, what went wrong with her?
Here are some takeaways from all that happened.
1. The first thing you should do when you receive an invitation to an interview with a company or organization is to conduct a background check. Please do not proceed until you have discovered something concrete about the recruiter.
Why can't a recruiter be found on Google Maps, even though it's a one-man operation? Consider the following scenario. Why would you go searching for a location that doesn't have a physical address?
2. If you receive a text message about a job interview from a private line rather than the company's, disregard it unless you have visited the company and obtained a personal phone number from the recruiter.
However, any message sent is almost certainly accompanied by a company's phone number and an email address for easy verification, contact, and accountability.
3. If you disregard the first two points and find yourself on your way to an unknown location for an interview, please turn around as soon as the path becomes meandering and no longer straight.
Please turn around if there are too many corners, bush paths, or routes leading to your destination.
4. Do not agree to be interviewed in the interviewer's private apartment or home. Regardless of the lies you'll hear on why you have to have your interview at the recruiter's house, refuse this bid because it might be a trap.
5. Always let someone know where you're going and allow them to check on you if they suspect something is wrong. You may be tempted to keep it a secret and break the news of your new work to no one, but please do not do so. Send text messages to someone on the way to such an interview if at all necessary.
6. Look up the individual's or organization's profile on all social media platforms and see what they're up to. You can learn a lot about people by looking at their behaviors and determining whether or not their personalities are genuine.
7. Don't be so preoccupied with the need to find work that you overlook all of the obvious signs that the job you're applying for is a ruse.
If you don't feel comfortable with it, forget about it and wait for a better deal. Hope is still present when there is life.
Often our biggest breakthrough is only a step away from our most painful rejection, loss, or disappointment.
It's unfortunate that anyone might take advantage of someone in need, but such is life, and I hope no one makes the same costly mistake twice.
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