Pay a Jobseeker to Interview? A New Site Bets You Will

Here’s a twist on recruiting promising candidates: Pay them to interview with you.

That’s the premise behind Notchup.com, a recruiting Web site that launched this month. It promises to deliver quality, passive candidates, the kind of worker who is happy where they are, but who, like any smart networker, is open to new opportunities.

The quality part of the candidate equation comes from Notchup’s screening process that lets in only candidates who “will be attractive to companies and receive offers to interview,” or so says the Web site, which goes on to explain that the criteria includes graduation from a top U.S., international or other highly regarded school, experience with a Fortune 500 company, fast career climbers and workers at startups backed by first rate venture capital firms.

Once in, the candidate gets to set their interview fee with the help of a calculator. Just how that works is nowhere explained, but we suspect it takes into account standardized headhunting fees for the candidate’s industry and career position.

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Will companies use the site and pay candidates for interviews? Notchup claims that among others, Google and Yahoo already are. Though with the site officially in Beta chances are good the listed firms are getting comped to test the system.

Meanwhile, judging from the response to an article on TechCrunch about the launch, potential participants are already thinking of how to game the system. One poster, representative of several comments, observed: “Here’s a thought….will this create an army of would be employees whose sole job will be to get interviewed by all these companies and make a living?”

We didn’t get to speak with anyone from Notchup.com, however, there is a description of a feedback and rating system. Recruiters rate candidates on how seriously they took the interview and on the accuracy of their resume. Presumably, serial interviewers will get tagged as such and won’t be pursued.

John Zappe is the editor of TLNT.com and a contributing editor of ERE.net. John was a newspaper reporter and editor until his geek gene lead him to launch his first website in 1994. He developed and managed online newspaper employment sites and sold advertising services to recruiters and employers. Before joining ERE Media in 2006, John was a senior consultant and analyst with Advanced Interactive Media and previously was Vice President of Digital Media for the Los Angeles Newspaper Group.

Besides writing for ERE, John consults with staffing firms and employment agencies, providing content and managing their social media programs. He also works with organizations and businesses to assist with audience development and marketing. In his spare time  he can be found hiking in the California mountains or competing in canine agility and obedience competitions.

You can contact him here.

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7 Comments on “Pay a Jobseeker to Interview? A New Site Bets You Will

  1. I received a personal invitation by someone at notchup yesterday. I just took a brief look at it and did not check the calculator, so I don’t know how much would I get if I get interviewed. As I am not currently looking for a job, I did not take the time to browse deeply into it. May be other passive candidates will behave the same.

  2. I think not.

    After speaking with several corporate recruiters in my industry (Government Technology), I can assure you this will not happen.

    Where will this end? Candidates telling recruiters they won’t come in for an interview for less than $1,000 or even $2,000?

    Bill Gallop
    Job Hunter, LLC.

  3. Wow, when did Recruiting turn into an Escort Service? Attending an interview with a potential employer is a step that we all must make when seeking new career opportunities. No one gets paid, because it’s an investment in their future with the organization.

    How desperate are we for top talent as an industry when we start bribing people to attend an interview?

    Paying a sign-on bonus shows our commitment to a future employee; paying for an interview shows that we should be committed!

  4. I can see it now…

    Candidate:
    “Here are my interview rates…
    120 per half hour, 200 per hour
    500 four the entire day”

    I hope at least the hiring manager and the recruiter get a “Happy Ending”.

  5. Wow, when did Recruiting turn into an Escort Service? Attending an interview with a perspective employer is a step that we all must make when seeking new career opportunities. No one gets paid, because it’s an investment in their future with the organization.

    How desperate are we for top talent as an industry when we start bribing people to attend an interview?

    Paying a sign-on bonus shows our commitment to a future employee; paying for an interview shows that we should be committed!

  6. TalentSpring (my company), JobFox, and ItzBig are three companies working on making hiring more efficient. Now NotchUp is also doing some interesting things in this space.

    The first three are working on advanced ways to job seekers to their ideal job opening. And employers to their ideal job candidate.

    TalentSpring goes beyond that to rank resumes within an industry. We do this to benefit Job Seekers by getting the attention of employees. Job seekers rank well in areas they are passionate about and where they have invested in their work experience and education.

    Since job seekers will rank well in areas they are interested in, we can bring large numbers of employers back to that job seeker. Specifically, we email a wide range of employers of job types that the job seeker considers ideal. This way the job seeker wins because they have their ideal types of employers actively listening to them. (Ranking resumes gives us the power to accomplish this)

    Bryan Starbuck
    CEO
    http://www.TalentSpring.com

  7. I have to say Utah took this and ran with it like crazy I got more invites from my network to join than I can count. The majority only passed it on because they said that there was an incentive to bring on more candidates because every time they interview, I get a percentage of my friends interview fee because I referred them to the site.

    I don’t know about you, but this sounds to me like a Multi-level marketing model, something that is prevalent in Utah it seems. If this is the case, I have a network of thousands I should get to join so I can sit back and make money off of their interviews for the rest of my life.

    Anyone care to join “under” me? I am ready and willing to invite you!

    🙂

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