Posted by Brian McCullough
There’s a new job site out there that claims to be getting a fair amount of traction.
NotchUp.com wants you to get paid to be interviewed by employees. That’s right: they pay to interview you.
The site is targeting passive job seekers. So, the idea is, if you’re happy at your job but are kind of interested in seeing what’s out there, you sign up with NotchUp. You can import your LinkedIn profile or cut and paste in your resume.
Then, you name your price. What would it take for you to agree to talk to someone who’s found you on NotchUp? $400? Ok. If someone wants to interview you, they have to pony up $400. Payment is made over PayPal and is arranged through NotchUp.
This sort of reminds me of the “make me move” option over at real-estate site Zillow (where you list a purchase price that would make you move from your current house). This is clearly designed to help companies and recruiters try to poach currently-employed talent who might not otherwise be open to new job offers.
I do find the idea of auctioning off your interview availability kind of unusual. But that doesn’t mean it can’t work. Think about it: if a company is willing to pay to talk to you, they’re probably dead serious about hiring you. I also like the post it and forget it aspect of the site. Once you’ve put your profile up, you can keep it live for years. Maybe not today and maybe not tomorrow, but someday someone might stumble across you and send you an inquiry.
And NotchUp seems to bend over backwards to promise you privacy. There are any number of ways to filter who sees your profile and who doesn’t.
Then again, will employers be willing to pay for interviews? NotchUp makes the claim that their method is cheaper in the end than traditional headhunting or classified advertising.
I guess time will tell. NotchUp is still in private beta and you need an invitation to join. Has anyone out there had success with this site yet? Let me know in the comments.
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