If you are looking for a job in marketing, sports marketing, pr, customer service, advertising, or just about anything in the sacramento area, you are guranteed to come across TONS of job postings for North Star Marketing. I was a recent grad with a degree in marketing and looking for my first job right out of school. I saw their posting online and thought it sounded cool.
So I sent in my resume. I was still very skeptical because the posting did not explain much. Less than 24 hours later I recieved an e-mail saying I had been selected for a 'one-on-one' preliminary interview. I had gotten a few e-mails that sounded EXACTLY like that one before so I decided to do some more research on the company and then respond to it. Later that day, I got a call telling me I had been selected for an interview with North Star Marketing. I talked to the secretary for a while on the phone, and she couldn't really tell me ANYTHING about the position. I asked her what I'd be doing on a day to day basis. She told me it would be covered in a second interview. I asked her what the pay range was. She told me it would be covered in a second interview. I asked her to just give me a job description and she said 'we have several positions available ranging from promotional sales, to customer service, to pr, to marketing.' She couldn't even tell me what position I was interviewing for. So I finally told her I'd have to think about it and call her back. I talked it over with my parents and they said to give it shot. I really had nothing to lose.
I came in for my interview and found 2 other people sitting in the lobby. My interview was for 1:30. A woman named Ali was evidently doing the interviewing. I had never heard that name throughout the entire ordeal until just then. As I sat there, 3 more people showed up, all with interviews at 1:30. Apparently the secretary is retarded and doesn't know how to book appointments? Either way, we all sat there for about 30 minutes. When I sat down with Ali she told me they do direct marketing and regular forms of marketing were being phased out, etc etc. She just used a ton of marketing jargon that no one could possibly understand. Either way, she asked me back for a second interview right then and there. I was under pressure so I said yes. I told them I'd come back for an all day 'job shadow' that next day.
The next day, I showed up to find 2 of the people in the lobby that had been there interviewing the day before. We all sat there and talked while we listened to a room full of nutjobs scream and yell about god knows what, and listened to uncensored rap...how unprofessional could you possibly get?? After about 10 minutes she started calling us 1 by 1 into her office. I was the last one called. I was introduced to a guy (I can't remember his name or I would put it in here) and she said hed be doing my evaluation. I thought we'd be in the office all day. Not the case. He walked me outside,and took me to this guys car with a couple of other guys in cheap suits. We drove for about 20 minutes and we dropped the two other guys off. We then proceeded to walk door to door in a residential neighborhood the whole day! If that is what I was going to be doing, all I needed to know was that so I wouldn't have wasted my time or theirs.
Here's what makes me SOO MAD. I ASKED Ali and the secretary if this was door to door sales. I told them I didn't want to waste my time. I had already interviewed with a company that sold At&t service door to door and it was an awful experience. They both blatantly said NO it was not door to door sales. They LIED. They said there was pr and customer service positions. That was a lie too! There's ONE position open there, and that's a door to door sales position.
PLEASE if you're looking for a job, DO NOT apply with North Star Marketing. They will do ANYTHING in their power to get you in the door. They'll lie and cheat and tell you whatever they can because that company is just awful and is not based around any kind of morals.
If you get a phone call from them HANG UP.
DO NOT let these people fool you into coming in. They are SO good at it. All they do is recruit young college kids to do door to door sales and they LIE to get them to do it!