Well, as many others that I read here, I went in for the two step interview at Bernard Haldane and Associates.
The interview was slick, and they did a very good job talking up my strengths, while also preying on the fact that I was out of work.
The "Senior Consultant" interviewing me was very nice, right up until we started to talk about financing. I had asked 4 times previous, including right up front during the first meeting about price. Now she was ready to spring the $6,100 contract on me.
I told her right there that I would not be able to afford it and my answer was "No." She then got real upset and forceful. I got up to leave and she told me to sit there and listen to her. I should have left right then.
Now she started the badgering. How much money was I losing per month when I was unemployed. I told her it didn't matter... I don't have the money!! I'm 27, with a new condo and I am unemployed. I don't know many 27 year olds that can pull up $6,100 + Tax just like that.
Now she started with the deals. I would have 23 days to come up with the additional funds. Look at how much I am losing. Look at how much happier you will be. Now I find out from this website and others that it is just a resume service.
So now I said that I wanted to take the contract and review it with my parents, and take the time to arrange for the financing. I was told that I was being stupid, and that I could not take the contract with me, and it would be a shame since I should get started on Monday morning.
So, unfortunately, I signed. Now, unless I can get them to cancel the contract, I am out $1,200 in deposit and need to find some way to come up with another $5,100 in 23 days. Stupid, Stupid, Stupid.
First thing tomorrow morning I will be at their front door. I will advise you in how it goes. If they are at all reputable (although, from the other messages it looks like they are not) they will give back the money. If not, I will also be going to a lawyer and the local press.