US Marketing Alliance / Awful company
I submitted a resume online on a Sunday. I got a call Monday morning to come in for an immediate interview. They asked me to come in that day, and I said that I couldn't make it. They said that they were in the middle of interviews and that I HAD to come in as soon as possible or they wouldn't be able to interview me. I decided that I could come in Tuesday afternoon. They told me to bring two copies of my resume and that the attire was business professional.
Their office is about an hour's drive from where I live. The only reason I even considered this job is that it advertised a starting salary of $14 to $16 an hour plus medical, dental, 401K and other miscellaneous benefits. It sounded too good to be true, but I decided to check it out anyway.
The office was located in a nice enough office building. I was surprised, though, when I walked into the office how shabbily decorated it was. It was very plain and any decorations they had looked cheap. It looked like they had just moved in. It also reminded me of the movie 'The Game' how there was an office there one minute, and then the next minute it was gone. It looked like a place that could be easily cleared out if necessary. That was my honest first impression.
I'd also been on a similar type interview earlier in the year. The office setting and the interview application and questionnaire were almost identical. They were both for a sales and marketing job where they had a preliminary interview that lasted about 10 minutes and they decided that day whether or not they were going to bring you back for a full day secondary interview. The reasons were the same at both places: they want to get to know you personally before they decide to hire you.
I interviewed with a very nice man whose name I will omit. He very briefly went over my resume and asked very few questions about my background. I have an education in sales and marketing, and I also have managerial experience from time served in the military. I also have 10+ years experience in customer service. My education and experience, I felt, pretty much guaranteed me this job, but we barely discussed my qualifications, which I thought was odd. He talked a lot about the company. He talked about how they make personal and life long relationships with their clients. Then he started talking about his client. First it was clients, then it was client. Then he talked about an 8 to 12 month managerial training process, business to business, face to face marketing, and if I am invited back to wear business/professional attire, but with comfortable shoes I can walk in. It was at that moment I realized that my secondary interview, which was to be all day working with someone he picked out for my personality, was probably going to be spent walking around Rancho Cucamonga soliciting business for his company.
The whole experience felt odd to me. My gut feeling told me that this was some sort of scam. They did call me that day and invited me back for a secondary interview. I did an internet search for their company and was directed to [redacted].com. I was amazed to see all of the stories about similar experiences people across the entire United States have to share about scam companies like this. I felt like I should share my experience as well. I will not be going to my second interview.