Job candidates are hiring people to do their interviews for them. We explain how the tactic, bait-and-switch fraud, works.

 Welcome to Wednesday, readers. Reporting to you from New York, I'm Jordan Parker Erb. 

Today, my colleague Rob Price has an enlightening look at a new trend in job hunting: "bait-and-switch" interview fraud. 

In short, candidates are hiring other people to pretend to be them for interviews. Then, on the first day of work, the real candidate shows up in place of the interviewee. It's a doozy of a story; Let's get started.

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1. Some job applicants have found a new way to cheat the system. Posturing on a résumé is one thing. But according to recruiters, employers, and job applicants, an increasing number of candidates are taking it a step further — by hiring stand-ins to pretend to be them, sit through job interviews, and land them the position. 

  • As more and more companies conduct job interviews via video chat and hire employees who can work remotely, experts say it's easier than ever to pull off a bait and switch.
  • In many cases, the candidates who pull a bait and switch are underqualified — or flat out unqualified — for the job, they're applying for. By hiring a proxy, they're able to land a job they would otherwise have no chance at.
  • The fraudulent interviews seem to be particularly widespread in IT fields, which can result in unqualified hires having access to critical infrastructure. In other industries, typically lower-level jobs — or people doing "things you can get away with googling for a while," one recruiter said.

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