Fake Job Scam: “Willoughby Industries, Inc.”

Fake Job Scam: “Willoughby Industries, Inc.”

First email received on November 22, 2023 at 7:55 AM PST from “larry larry <larry@willoughby-indjob.com>”:

Hi there,

I’m happy to let you know that you’ve been selected as part of the few finalists for the Associate Designer position you applied for via LinkedIn. If you’re still interested, kindly reply with a “Yes.”

Admin Manager
Willoughby Industries, Inc.

Next email received on November 24, 2023 at 9:08 AM PST from same sender:

We have organized the interview process through email and have sent you a set of screening/interview questions to evaluate your skills and understand your work style for the position. Kindly respond to these questions via email in a timely manner.


Admin Manager

Willoughby Industries, Inc.

There is a pdf attachment.

"Willoughby Industries" Fake Job Scam

Transcript of the “Screening Test/Interview Questions” (all grammar left intact):

Screening Test/Interview Questions forAssociate Designer

(Remote) Position

Instructions: Please precede all your answers with the question you are answering.

Use acronyms only after you’ve explained them.

Use correct spelling and grammar. Be sure to write your name.

Candidate’s Name:

1. How do you stay updated with the latest design trends, and how do you incorporate them into your


2. Describe a challenging project you worked on. How did you approach and overcome any obstacles

during the design process?

3. What software or tools are you proficient in, and which ones do you consider essential for

your design work?

4. Could you provide examples of your experience collaborating with other team members or

departments to achieve design objectives?

5. What strategies do you use to gather feedback on your designs, and how do you integrate that

feedback into your work?

6. Can you walk us through your portfolio and highlight a project you feel best showcases your skills

and creativity as a designer?.

7. How do you prioritize tasks and manage your time effectively when working on multiple

projects with tight deadlines?

8. Discuss a time when you had to adapt to a change in project requirements or design

direction. How did you handle it?

9. What inspires you creatively, and how do you translate that inspiration into your design work?

10. In your opinion, what are the key elements of successful design, and how do you ensure your

designs meet these criteria?

11. Have you faced a situation where you received critical feedback on your design? How did you

handle it, and what did you learn from the experience?

12. Can you explain a situation where you had to balance creativity with practicality or client

requirements in a design project?

13. When can you start?

14. What do you hope to achieve and contribute in this role as an associate designer, and how does it

align with your long-term career goals?

15. Why do you want this job

Role: Associate Designer.


We are seeking a skilled and innovative Associate Designer to design concepts, creating visual

elements, preparing design drafts, collaborating with teams, conducting research, and supporting

project management. They often help execute designs, maintain design standards, and may work

across different design software or tools. Additionally, they might participate in brainstorming sessions,

offer creative input, and assist in ensuring the final product aligns with client or company expectations.


Positive Outlook – Always displays optimism. Stays positive and remains upbeat. Notices and acknowledges

things that are going well, especially during stressful times. Faces problems head on and will make

productive changes to the outcome.

Relationship Building – Develops contacts and relationships which are internal and external to the

organization and facilitates work efforts or to gain support and cooperation from others.

Productivity – Meets or exceeds the expectations that have been established for this position. Has

successfully combined skills, ability, and effort to ensure that manager’s expectations related to position

results and output are achieved.

Dependability – Follows through with commitments and can be counted on to meet deadlines. Comes to

work on time as scheduled and is ready for work. Demonstrates a good attendance record and is aware of

the impact that missing work will have on the customer as well as co-workers.

Personal Accountability for Safety – Behaves in a way that demonstrates Safety as a top priority. Immediately

informs a supervisor about any unsafe working conditions. Does not hesitate to address co- workers that

engage in unsafe work habits.


This job description reflects management’s assignment of essential functions, position responsibilities, and

required abilities and skills. This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to

be performed by an individual in this position and nothing in this job description restricts management’s

rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to the person holding this position at any time.

Requirements are representative of minimum levels of knowledge, skills, and/or abilities expected to meet

job standards.

Can you handle all of these responsibilities effectively?


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