Yesterday, I received an e-mail from a Mr. Dominic Davis of some large medical concern from India, though he says he’s based in Washington D.C. Since I am bored, tired, and in a somewhat snarky mood, I decided to play along with this gentleman, and let him think that I am indeed interested in a receptionist position at the company. Now, notice in the conversation below that I mention nothing about wanting a data entry position (I did that on purpose), but a receptionist position. (Hard to greet people on the phone if I’m not on an actual phone, whether cell, Skype, or landline.)
Here’s last night’s conversation. Note that I have at least TEN e-mails from various people, all offering the same thing, and they’ve all been like this:
dominicdavis821: I believe you here for the job briefing and interview (Great grammar there, fella!)
kinderscenen_op_15: Yes I am–what does the position entail?
dominicdavis821: You will get to know all as we proceed ok ? (Wow.)
dominicdavis821: kindly change your status from invisible to online please
Welcome to the company, i believe you are here for the job briefing/interview. As we proceed further with the briefing and interview, you will get to know more about the opening position.
kinderscenen_op_15: Hello again.
THE POSITIONS AVAILABLE ARE : Data Entry ,Accounting Clerk Bookkeeper, Accounting Executive, Marketing,Executive Healthcare Administration Assistant, Clerical Administrator, Customer Service ,Receptionist,Payroll,Sales or Medical Biller,Medical admin position,Management.?.
which position are you applying for ?
I am Mr Dominic Davis ,The hiring manager of (NOVA Medical Centers), I am located at Washington. I would be the one to brief you about the position and the company.
Next would be the briefing about the Job and the company. I advise you read with care.
dominicdavis821: are you with me ?
dominicdavis821: shall we proceed with the interview ?
Just follow the briefing and you can ask questions when i am through. Let me know when you have finished reading and understanding every line. You will be allowed to ask questions later.With each line just respond with an Okay.
Our office close to you will be completed estimated three months from now, so the position and job done for now is work from home on till the office is completed and (NOTE THAT) As soon as you are confirmed qualified,the company will provide you with complete office equipments to setup a mini office at home.
The name of the Company is (NOVA Medical Centers)
Well, the company DOES exist, and it is what’s stated below. However, I just don’t think a large medical institution would bother to hire me for what is essentially “piecework,” when they not only have physicians that would use transcription software, but actually have assistants who do that type of thing… I’ve used those types of programs before, and it certainly makes less work for the secretary! (It’s not foolproof, though—I’ve noticed some weird mistakes, so I guess secretaries aren’t going anywhere for a while!)
Our Company (NOVA Medical Centers) is seeking assistance with the “work from home initiative” to assist with Accounting , Marketing, Customer Service, Sales,Filling/Data Entry and Administrative duties online.
Nova IVI Fertility is a joint venture between Nova Pulse, India and IVI, Spain which owns and operates IVF centers across India. Founded in Valencia, Spain in 1990, IVI is the world leader in reproductive medicine with 22 clinics spread across Europe and South America. Since its inception, more than 50,000 new-borns entered the world, thanks to the advanced techniques in assisted reproduction practiced throughout the IVI network.Rea.
Nova was co-founded by renowned shoulder surgeon Dr. Mahesh Reddy and the GTI Group, based on a “doctor-owned and doctor-managed” concept enabling doctors to have a sense of ownership and a long-term association with the company. The Nova infrastructure allows leading surgeons from diverse specialties to focus solely on the patient’s health while the company provides turn-key hospital management in the form of a full complement of ultra-modern facilities and services.
dominicdavis821: Nova provides a great opportunity for professionals to further their careers. We are ideally suited for those who are willing to take on challenges and be part of a company that is a game-changer in the healthcare industry. Nova, whose business model has been tried and tested in the US and UK, is run in an absolute professional, ethical and transparent manner.
Keep records of materials filed or removed, using log-books or computers.
Add new material to file records, and create new records as necessary.
Perform general office duties such as typing, operating office machines, and sorting mail. Track materials removed from files in order to ensure that borrowed files are returned. Sort or classify information according to guidelines such as content, purpose, user criteria, or chronological, alphabetical, or numerical order.
can you handle the job duties?
Customer and Personal Service
Flexibility of Closure
hope you posses the above listed?
kinderscenen_op_15: Yes, I do.
Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
Interacting With Computers
The working equipment is the required material that is necessary for setting up your mini office. And these equipment include: HP Pavilion dv7t Quad Edition series Laptop Genuine Windows 7 Professional 64-bit, HP Office jet Pro 8500A Premium All-in-One (Fax, Scanner, Copier and Printer), the required Software (Peach Tree (US Patent 1 accounting software), The MYOB Essential software 2011, Real-Time Accounting Integration CRM Software and Quick-books 2011).
Regarding the working equipment, the company would provide you the funds that would be used for the purchase of these working equipment and the required software that is needed in setting up of your mini office (DING—DING—DING!!!)
*This is a Full Time/Part Time Job. Overtime is 1.5 time above regular pay.
*Pay mode: Checks or Direct Deposit
*Hourly payment: $30.55/hour (Uh, yeah….)
*Benefits include: 401k, health and dental, paid vacation and 2 weeks sick leave
*You will be enrolled for Benefits after 4weeks.
*You have to keep strict record of time and activities. A time sheet would be sent to you every Friday for monitoring (In your own format). (How?! WHY?! GAAAAHHHH!)
kinderscenen_op_15: Sounds good.
Our Goal is to help our clients achieve success. We do this because of our complete focus and commitment on quality
You will be working online (work from home job) for now, the working hours are flexible and you can chose to work from anywhere of your choice,the pay is $30.55 per hour training is $25per hour and will be get payment bi weekly via check or direct deposit. Working 30 to 40 hours weekly,if you are considered for this position you will be working as a full employee and not an independent contractor.
next will be question and answer segment…..are you ready ?
We are now on question and answer interview section. As soon as you are done answering any question, you are to write DONE…Understood ?
*What are your full names,sex,age,cell # and where are you located ?
kinderscenen_op_15: (gave him fake info) DONE
dominicdavis821: *Are you currently employed?
kinderscenen_op_15: No, I am not. DONE
dominicdavis821: *Have you ever worked from home or online before ?
kinderscenen_op_15: No, I have not. DONE
*How would you describe yourself?
kinderscenen_op_15: Thoughtful, a quick learner, flexible. DONE
dominicdavis821: *Do you have a printer,scanner,photocopier and Fax machine?
kinderscenen_op_15: Unfortunately, I do not. DONE
dominicdavis821: *Do you have an idea of how to use ms excel?
kinderscenen_op_15: Yes I do. DONE
dominicdavis821: *What do you understand by privacy and code of conduct?
kinderscenen_op_15: Do you mean the HIPAA policy? As I understand it, any medical information I come in contact with is to be shared with no one. DONE
dominicdavis821: *What do you understand by the term “Petty Cash”?
kinderscenen_op_15: A small amount of money used so that you don’t use a credit card or checks. DONE
*Do you know your typing speed?
kinderscenen_op_15: 60-65 words per minute. DONE
dominicdavis821: *What are your greatest strength and weakness?
kinderscenen_op_15: I would say that my greatest strength is my ability to persevere, and my greatest weakness is impatience. DONE (Note: snark does not translate well online…)
dominicdavis821: How would you describe your work ethics and are you comfortable with the fact that this is an online/work from home job pending when our office will be completed at the end of next month?
kinderscenen_op_15: I would say that I have a very strong work ethic, and I am indeed comfortable with the fact that I will be working from home until the office is completed. DONE
Well you have done well so far and you seem like a perfect fit for this position.
kinderscenen_op_15: Thank you very much. DONE
I need you to hold on online because i need to forward our conversation to the Head Dept to enable them see if you are committed and good for this job.I need you to hold back online (Suuuure…)
kinderscenen_op_15: Okay. DONE
dominicdavis821: I am back now..the result for the interview is on my desk……
dominicdavis821: The good news is….you have just been confirmed qualified for this position (NO! Gasps in shock!)
kinderscenen_op_15: Great! Thank you.
Well the company has decided to give you a chance for you to work for the company.We will like to see your diligence,Charisma,Commitment to this job. Congratulations (Well, yeah…it’s not like I have an actual JOB to go to!)
kinderscenen_op_15: Thank you.
dominicdavis821: NEXT IS PAYROLL & WORKING SCHEDULE
1. How many hours are you willing to Work per day? (4hr Minimum per day or 40hrs Maximum per week)
2. What time range?
3. Payroll Interval? (Weekly or Bi-weekly)
4. Payroll Method (Check or bank transfer)
We offer $30 per hour Plus Health,dental and Paid Vacation Benefits available also
kinderscenen_op_15: 1. 6 hours per day 2. 10-4 Central Standard Time 3. Weekly payroll interval 4. Payroll method–check
dominicdavis821: What is the name of the bank you operate with ?
kinderscenen_op_15: (I gave him “Landmark Bank” which was a bank many moons ago…)
You will earn $30.55 per hour and $25 paid training..you will work Mon-Fri 10am to 4pm
I need you to provide me with the following: Your
Zip-code and Phone numbers to enable my secretary enlist them into the Company’s Register for proper documentation.
dominicdavis821: You will earn $30.55 per hour and $25 paid training..you will work Mon-Fri 10am to 4pm
dominicdavis821: I need you to provide me with the following: Your
Zip-code and Phone numbers to enable my secretary enlist them into the Company’s Register for proper documentation.
You will be undergoing a 2 weeks training and orientation which will commence as soon as you have all working materials and you are rest assured that you will be paid for it okay ?
kinderscenen_op_15: Okay–I’m ready to get started.
You will be getting your paper work a HR document during your orientation and training from your supervisor,you are to fill,sign and send back to us,we take out taxes okay ?
DANGER, DANGER WILL ROBINSON!
kinderscenen_op_15: Okay, sounds good.
You will need some Data entry/Accounting software and also a time tracker to commence your training and orientation and also you need the software to get started with work…the work of the time tracker is to calculate your hours devoted since this is an online work from home.
kinderscenen_op_15: What software do you suggest? Quickbooks, Peachtree, Excel?
dominicdavis821: Here are the name’s of the software’s you will need to start working with BS 1 Accounting software ,myob business essentials software 2005,For Peach Tree premium 2010 US Patent Single Users Pack, simply accounting 2009,Adobe Photoshop 52011,Adobe Acrobat 8 2012,Ariba 8 2012ASP 32007,CSS 6 2012,Dreamweaver 7 2011,HTML 11 2011,Illustrator 3 2009,Microsoft Access 8 2011,Microsoft Excel 8 2011,Microsoft Word 11 2011,MySQL 5 2011,PHP 5 2011,UNIX 2 2005,Windows 7 1 2011,Windows XP 8 2011,XML 5 2007,Vendor Management 7 2012.
Are you familiar with any of the softwares ?
kinderscenen_op_15: Yes, I’m familiar with the Microsoft programs, as well as Adobe Acrobat 8 and Dreamweaver.
dominicdavis821: The funds for the software will be provided for you by the company via check,the check will cover for the software as well the equipment for your mini office ….. make sure you use them as instructed for the software okay ?
kinderscenen_op_15: Yes, I will.
You will get started with work ASAP,The company will provide you a free Hp laptop with a fast internet connection and your W4 form will be coming along with the working materials you need to start working with,you are to purchase all your materials from a certified vendor we have been patronizing for years now. You will receive a paycheck for the purchase of the working materials,the company’s accounting dept will issue the check and have it sent to your house via FedEx,they will have it sent to the address you have just provided so i suppose the name you provided is same on your bank info….? (Note: in the next conversation, he stated that the check and other items would be coming through USPS. Interesting.)
kinderscenen_op_15: Yes, it is.]
dominicdavis821: As soon as the check is being issued out to you i will notify you and provide you with the tracking number so you can keep track and know when it will get to you okay
Once you receive the check you are needed to have it deposited to your bank account ,Then the funds will be will be credited and available in your account for cash out the next day morning…. (Hey, what’s that? It’s my patented SPAMDAR!)®
dominicdavis821: NOTE: All software’s are to be purchased from the software office the company has been buying from for years now
kinderscenen_op_15: Fair enough.
You will be notify with which of the software office you are to purchase the software’s from as soon as the check get to you …
Do you have any question for now ?
kinderscenen_op_15: No, all of my questions were answered. Thank you.
dominicdavis821: All we need from you is good work and trust,you will enjoy every moment working with us
kinderscenen_op_15: I will. Thank you again.
dominicdavis821: Thats all for now You are to report online tomorrow morning by 8am EST time for update on the check,task and on how to get started with work.
dominicdavis821: I believe you can be online at that time tomorrow ?
kinderscenen_op_15: Yes I can.
dominicdavis821: Good have a nice evening .. and once again welcome to Nova Medical Center:):-h
kinderscenen_op_15: You have a good evening as well, and thank you.
dominicdavis821: you welcome