Wednesday, September 21, 2022

I don't think you could do this in chemistry?

Via Business Insider, this trendy bit of job news: 
Some job candidates are hiring proxies to sit in job interviews for them — and even paying up to $150 an hour for one.

In a recent Insider investigation into the "bait-and-switch" job interview that's becoming increasingly trendy, one "professional" job interview proxy, who uses a website to book clients and keeps a Google Driver folder of past video interviews, said he charges clients $150 an hour.

The proxy was approached by Aamil Karimi, who works at cybersecurity firm Optiv as a principal intelligence analyst. Karimi, who posed as a job seeker to talk to the proxy, told Insider's Rob Price that the "bait-and-switch" trend has been on the rise because of more work-from-home jobs and overseas hiring.

The "bait-and-switch" interview works like this: a job candidate hires someone else to pretend to be them in a job interview in hopes they will secure the job. When the job starts, the person who hired the proxy is the one to show up for work.

I genuinely don't think you could get away with this in chemistry (but as the article/summary notes, this may be a trend in IT and not elsewhere (?)). I have a decent memory for names and faces, so I'd like to think that my spidey-sense would tingle... Readers, has this ever happened to you?  


  1. I heard of something similar to this happening in consulting companies selling IT contractors to other companies, they often include a training period to sell the contractors and sometimes someone will sit next to you in online assessments/interviews and give you hints off camera. but not as much as an intewview proxy...

  2. I had one large blond student turn into a different large blond during week two when I was a TA. Thought I was misremembering until blond one reappeared in week four. The lab director turned out to know blond one's father, and blond one stuck around for the rest of the semester, so that was the end of that. I've always wondered what blond one was up to that was worth talking someone into subbing for him.

  3. I’ve heard of people conning their way into remote software coding jobs with this ruse, then hiring someone in India to complete their job tasks for them. It’s a lucrative scam because the guy in India works for much less than the job’s salary.

    Anyone who fakes their way into a chemistry job is going to be exposed quickly when they don’t understand freshman-level terminology, but I could see someone with poor English but a solid science background attempting to get a friend to interview for them.


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