Eric Wolfram's List of Known Deceptions: Cydcor Top Flight interview

Cydcor Top Flight interview

Subject: Cydcor Update
Date: Wed, 28 May 2003 10:59:52 -0400

Hi Eric,
Sounds like a lot of people have had similar experiences dealing with Cydcor subsidiaries.

I started investigating Cydcor after I had a "preliminary interview" with a company called Top Flight Enterprises located in Pittsburgh, PA. I couldn't find them on the web at all, so I called their office and asked for a website address. They told me So Cydcor's website seemed legit, but the interview procedures clearly were not. Being a recent college graduate, I was interviewing quite frequently, as many as 4 or 5 interviews per week. Top Flight's interview process was clearly different from the start. First of all, I sent them my resume about 4 weeks ago, and they immediately called me back to schedule a preliminary interview, which I did not attend because I was offered a different job, but then the funding fell through. So, I sent them my resume again, about a week ago, and once again they immediately called me back to set up an appointment.

Their office was located in a sector of office suites that were mostly vacant. There was a receptionist, working with a phone on a bare desk and nothing else. Behind a closed door, there were two more mostly bare offices. Very odd. When I went in for my first interview there were 5 other people there (mostly, it appeared, other recent college grads.) My interivew was a full 10 minutes long, and very vague. I left not really know what the company did, only that they were looking for managers to train. I was called back that night for the second, day long interview that it seems has happened to so many others who have visited this site. I was told at the interview that they were interviewing 30 people that day and that the top 5 or 6 would be called back. When I went back for my second interivew there were 39 of us there, broken up into smaller groups and taken off in groups of 2 or 3 to follow around one of their "top salespeople" for a day. The head manager there also told us that out of this group of "about 30" only the top 1 or 2 would be called back for a final interview, and that they were preparing to make a final decision on the right candidate this week.

I didn't end up staying for the day long interview. I was originally told that I would done by 5, and had thus set up another interview for 6 p.m. that night, but was told as we were ready to leave that we would not be returning to the office until 6 or so, so I left right then and there, and started investigating this company. Clearly, their shady practices are occurring around the country, and I don't think I will be calling them back to reschedule my day long interview. I sense that all of my work would be done from my car, since there were no offices to even set us up with a small desk and phone.

I have a lot of other job prospects, and told myself from the beginning that I would not work for commision. I hope that you can inform others to be wary of Top Flight and all of these other Cydcor subsidaries. Sincerely,
- L

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