I wish I had read this before I applied for the position. I blocked them from my email. I got the job listing from Sterling Placement from Job.com so I blocked that too. They called here but I didn't answer and I also blocked their number from the phone too. Now I'll just have to watch my email and see what the fallout is going to be but I'm really angry about these scams and wish the government would do more to protect the unemployed worker.
Me: * calls stupid number and holds*
SP: "Hello, is this _________?"
SP: " Hello this is for the administrative assistant position which you applied to through Sterling Placement.", "Do you have 45 min to participate in some screening questions?"
Me:" I dunno if I do", "I don't recall applying through Sterling Placement, I apply through employflorida, craigslist, careerbuilder and indeed."
SP:"We got your information from careerbuilder."
Me: "Let me look you up on Google."
SP: *12 seconds of Dead Silence*
Me: "Hmmm, seem likes you have some complaints filed on you."
SP: "No I don't."
Me: "Well, not YOU personally, Sterling Placement does."
SP: *5 seconds of Dead Silence"
SP: "Are you on sterlingplacement.com?"
Me: "So which company are you acting as an agent for?"
SP: " I don't have that information available."
Me: "Call me back when you find that information, thank you, bye."
I was suspicious about this sterling agency, it never ask me to up load my resume or anything. The only sad thing is that its link its bs website to legit website like voiceapplied and indeed.com. Dont waste your time on this its a scam....
I received a txt message:
Sterling: Hi (Name), call me about the Office Assistant Job you have applied for 877-799-3199. (txt STOP to cancel)
Like many others, I am glad I found this website when I Googled Sterling Placement. After applying to one of their Office HR Assistant jobs, I mulled over the fact that their posted salary of $18-$20/hr for this admin/clerical position was too good to be true.
I doubt they will call me after seeing my resume, but it's helpful to know that this company is bogus. I am also glad I have a Google Voice number and can screen all incoming calls.
If you see this company post job employment opportunities, they are absolutely a scam. The FTC is coming down on these types of companies, but we all need to report them. Go to https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/ and file a complaint against them
I too was interested in job posting at one web site which took me to Sterling Placement. I filled out the online questions and submitted my resume to Sterling. I had to then schedule an appointment time, which I did. I then did research on Sterling Placement and came across several sites such as this about Sterling being a fake or fraud. So needless to say I will not be calling them back at the scheduled interview time. I did send text "stop" to unsubscribe the number that showed up was 888-907-7147 I called the number and it was answered by automated system as "Sterling Placement". Don't think I am going to follow through with the interview phone call. Thank you and good luck to all job seekers.
I Hate Fakes!!
I never went so far as to "apply" for the job I was interested in through Sterling Placement, but I was curious as to why I could not find an office location in my area for this company. They emphasized the importance of a personal sit down one on one interview with each candidate. How can that be done successfully on the phone? Someone else commented that he would never again trust a placement agency that he could not walk into. I'm in total agreement on that. It puzzled me also that there was no employer information or other means of finding out who was actually posting this job. I'm grateful for Google and all of the information I have found here. Thanks so much for giving me the heads up before I actually set up the all important but actually "bogus" interview. My call would have been disconnected immediately as well. Technology is a great thing, but so often, it cannot be trusted.
My text was to call 888-907-0372 about an HR job I applied for online. I am sitting in a coffee shop ready to call them but decided to do a Google check on Sterling Placement first. Thank goodness I found you all! Since I have a Masters degree and do not want to further my education, I am now going to call them and waste their time! Game on!
Just a quick link to help you and anyone else you know out!!!!
Everytime I checked indeed.com for receptionist/front desk positions, there were always several posts from Sterling. I was skeptical at first, but being down on my luck, I decided to go for it. The number it gave me was (888) 674-5359. I haven't placed the call yet since I'm scheduled for tomorrow. However, after reading the many comments on here attesting to the scam of this company, I am definitely not going to follow through with it.
She said the same thing to me and it took about 3 minutes. She asked about 3 questions and automatically accepted me for the position.
I have called headquarters and emailed them..no response!
Count me in as another who fell for this scam. I spoke with a person named Matt who told me it would take 25 minutes to complete the call which included verifying information on my resume. As soon as he found out that I am in grad school he ended the call. Definitely a scam. GRRRRRRRRRRRRR!
I fell for it- I just applied for a job through them. I went through the phone call and when they stated they would forward the info to the hiring manager, I asked who that would be (a name or number) so I had a reference to work with. They wouldn't give me a name or phone number to expect a possible call from. How can people find legitimate jobs when outfits like this make it so difficult? Now I think I'll be avoiding all placement agencies I can't walk in to. I usually don't go that route but figured I would give it a shot. It is really too bad as the job was just what I was looking for. They did ask me about the educational aspects and future goals. If I get a legitimate followup, I'll feel much better and less like an idiot for falling for it! Doesn't the government follow up on these buisnesses to see if they are legit?
Want real job
Stirling is fake. The first question they asked was about my educational background. I have a masters and do not want to pursue more education. She had just quoted me a 25 min timeframe for this call. She abruptly ended it after less than 2 mins when I said I did not want to pursue more education. This is a scam and not a hiring or placement service.
It was not the same phone number, 877-861-6892. I was on the phone with someone when I read these reviews. I said, "no thank you" and hung up the phone. I texted STOP and received the same unsubscribe text back. PHISHY PHISHY!
I knew it was a scam as soon as the person I called knew my name (which is usually taken from your online application and inserted into a database interface system). Next, she said that the process would take about 35 minutes of my time. No ligitimate recruiter takes that long to decipher your skill set and give you details about a job. So, needless to say, I immediately hung up. WHAT A SCAM.
Glad I searched this out and read all of these comments - I have wasted my time with this by applying to 6 so called jobs!
If you do a WhoIs look-up on Sterlingplacement.com, you find the following:
Registered through: GoDaddy.com, Inc. (http://www.godaddy.com)
Domain Name: STERLINGPLACEMENT.COM
IT'S NOT A LEGIT WEBSITE!!!
I called their 877 number and got the LONGEST recorded message ever. So while listening to their "helpful tips", I read through the posts here and decided to hang up. I'm wondering if anyone has actually been placed or found employment through them. I've dealt with a few "placement" firms and generally a recruiter will call YOU. Not text you or ask you to call them. They all work on commission so they're usually pretty eager (or desperate) to find a suitable candidate to send for an interview. They don't have time to wait around for everyone who applies to call THEM. And usually there's a pre-screening process before they even bother to make the call to weed out the weaker applicants.
Bottom line: Real recruiters don't sit in a call center, waiting for you to call them for a job.
Wow, I wish I had thought of that! Granted, I don't personally have a degree, so the statement "irrelevant" wouldn't technically apply to me.. but I went through the same process, and was to a degree (no pun intended) interested in furthering my education, so I figured I'd take the information Robert (the person who answered my initial call with Sterling Placement) provided and give this other place a call. Come to find out, it was another online classes gig, and when I told them I already had interest in a college campus near where I live, they said thanks for calling, and politely disconnected. Overall my experience was not a bad one, but it's frustrating to think that this "job" I applied for is not legit... What's even more frustrating is that applying for a genuine job position online - which is the only way you can apply for a job these days! - is like digging for a needle in a haystack of advertisements and scams.
Good luck to all of you job hunters out there!!
I recently talked to one of the employers. We went over my application together over the phone. He seemed to be real and very kind. But no worries here!! They are located off Washington Road. I believe they are a real company, if not, God will get them..!! =)
I responded to a monster.com job posting, and was texted a number to call this morning. As the interview got started, they implied that I needed to get a master's degree ( I have a Bachelor's) and asked how long I'd been unemployed. At that point, I knew the questions weren't relevant to a General Office Support position and told her it was not relevant and that I would not answer that question. And perhaps she should ask me more about my skill set and experience. She then said good day and hung up!
Thanks to all of you I don't have to waste my time with this "scam running company!" THANK YOU! I don't get text messages like the rest of you have, but I keep getting e-mails from a company called "Applied Voice" and they have a link to Sterling Placement. Since I have been job hunting for quite some time now, it seemed very odd to me that they don't give you much information about the job, or about their company for that matter. It seemed shady to me. So, I just googled "Sterling Placement" and this site came up. Thank you all again for your input before I gave this bogus company any of my personal information! I agree with the post that said that it's too bad that people who are legitimately looking for work have to be worried about scammers. Ugh! It's disgusting what some people will try to do to prey on others.
GOOD LUCK to all of the other job seekers out there!
Totally a scam. I didn't respond to them but i could already tell something was up because i got an email saying a front desk job is available (which i didn't apply to through sterling in the first place) and in the email it doesn't say who's hiring, and neither do any of the links they give you. I hit the ask for more info button and it just reformated the info they were already telling me. As far as text messages go it's safer to just delete them unless you are 100% sure that the company you applied to was going to send you one, but in reality that never happens because if they were serious they would want to talk to you over the phone at least. Unless the company is ran by 16 year olds. In which case i would still delete it.
I thought to myself, this looks like a scam, so I googled Sterling Placement scam, to investigate, thanks to all you, I don't have to waste my time wondering if I should or should'nt dial that number.
Thanks for the info. I just received a text from 877-854-0074 to call about a Receptionist job. I did apply for one online from Indeed.com. I called the number a lady said she would need 35 minutes of my time to verify information on my resume. I don't think real companies are doing this I would not call them back,
It is absolutely a scam. It's a bait and switch operation that advertises a position that doesn't exist. When they get you on the phone, they ask you if you're interested in furthering your education. If you say "no," that's the end of the call. The person will say "thank you, I'll pass your info on to the employer." You will never hear anything back. If you say that you are interested in furthering your education, you are transferred to an online school. These people get commission when they are able to transfer someone to one of the online school recruiters. There is NO job! Don't even waste your time, unless your end goal is to enroll for online school, and if that's the case, I would suggest doing that on your own - not through some shady,phony online outfit.
(CONTINUED)- And when I replied "STOP," it stated:
"U are now unsubscribed from Career-Network Alerts. For help reply HELP. For support call 407-803-5596 or 888-753-4394."
I also received a message:
"Sterling: Hi (name), call me about the Office Assistant Job you have applied for 877-779-3199. (txt STOP to cancel).