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Get Paid to Interview for Jobs?

Posted by: Jena McGregor on January 28, 2008

It sounds like a come-on in the spam folder of your inbox. “Get Paid to Interview for Jobs!” But it’s also the basis of a new start-up called The company’s business model plays off of the concept that only truly desirable people out there already have jobs. So companies seeking the truly desirable need to lure the happily employed, or “passive job seekers,” with an incentive to take a break from their day-to-day brilliance to take time and interview.

According to the site, NotchUp suggests that, based on my salary and experience, I list $200 as my fee for getting interviewed. (The average is $500, which tells you something about the demand out there for journalists.) If I register and someone is interested in my profile—and I show up and take the interview seriously—the company pays NotchUp, who takes a cut and passes along my fee.

I’m skeptical whether a service like this will work as we enter a possible recession. But in a market where management talent is increasingly scarce, the folks at NotchUp claim it offers a possible advantage over other recruiting methods—and at the very least, it’s an intriguing new idea for a business model. Google and Yahoo apparently think so too: they’ve already signed up as customers.

Reader Comments

Kwende Madu

January 29, 2008 2:12 PM

Apparently the rich or maybe the talented keep getting richer!!!


January 29, 2008 4:38 PM

Doomed to fail, I'm sorry to say.
Paying people to show up and interview for a job will increase recruiting costs even more, making the idea short-lived.
What is to stop someone from intentionally, but subtly, tanking interviews just to make the cash?
Let's assume you are worth $500 an interview.
If you interview 10 times a year, and slip in some less than desireable answer that is sure to blow the interview, you've just raped corporate america out of $5000.
And they got nothing out of it. They wasted their time, their money, and paid someone to talk to you instead of talking to someone else.
It's a great idea for a scam, but not realistic.

Veerendra Jote

January 29, 2008 5:50 PM

Typically when you interview you spend a day, unless you are in the same city and that also depends in which city you are in.
I'd personally would not consider interviewing for cake of $200-500 because it can lead to loss of one day of vacation/PTO.
People who are in high demand would not consider $500 as the incentive to attend a interview, since they normally make more than $500 (atleast as gross pay).

Also the interview would be conducted (in-person) only when both the employer & prospective employee agree to interview.

Bryan Starbuck

February 2, 2008 8:35 PM

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

Laura Phelan

July 11, 2009 8:13 AM

how do i apply for this?


January 20, 2010 9:53 PM

Paying someone to be interviewed is surely an interesting business model, but don't make it to be just some kind of game.

If you really want to make this works then the employer should create a very shortlisted candidates with an exceptional expertise to fill in a very important and strategic positions so that they won't waste money for nothing and a "show up" artists.

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