On Friday April 26, 2019 I received this email for a job interview: "Hello, Your portfolio published on AMERICAN TRANSLATORS ASSOCIATION (ATA) has been reviewed by our HR Department at (BAYER) and we are pleased to invite you to an online interview/briefing exercise. You’ve been assigned to Mr. Gerald Berkley (Hiring Manager) of Bayer Pharmaceuticals. He would be conducting an online interview with you.Position available: TRANSLATING/PROOFREADING JOB.Job Type: Full-Time/Part-TimeHourly Rate: $48/HourTraining Rate: $28/HourYour salary package may include pension benefits, commissions and bonuses, no Startup Costs, 1099-K structure.ABOUT US: We address some of the world’s most pressing global challenges and continue to develop new solutions. The population is constantly growing and its age is increasing. That is why it needs better medicines and high-quality food in sufficient quantities.At Bayer Pharmaceuticals, our largest segment in terms of sales, we focus on researching, developing and marketing specialty-focused innovative medicines that provide significant clinical benefit and value, primarily in the therapeutic areas of cardiology, oncology, gynecology, hematology and ophthalmology. In this way, we are addressing the growing requirements of patients, physicians, health care payers and regulatory agencies.At Bayer Pharmaceuticals, we provide the tools to enable the personal growth and fulfillment for individuals and as a company we work together as a team to make a positive difference for our employees. We operate an equal opportunities policy for all current and potential employees and offer all our employees clear and fair terms and conditions of employment. We maintain a clear and open dialogue with all our staff and have policies and procedures in place for staff to formally raise any concerns should that ever be required. We operate a fair and consistent employee selection process based on skills and ability regardless of gender, age, sexual orientation, ethnic group or religion. We ensure our suppliers have similar standards as part of our supplier selection process.Translation: Conversion of written documents into the target language.Translator/Proofreader responsibilities include reading and thoroughly understanding the context of given material, using specialized dictionaries and translation tools and proofreading finished pieces of work. To be successful in this role, you should have a keen eye for detail and be fluent in at least two languages in addition to your native languageResponsibilities:- Read given material and research industry-specific terminology- Convert text and audio recordings from one language to one or more others- Ensure translated content conveys original meaning and tone- Prepare subtitles for videos and online presentations- Cross-reference specialized dictionaries and translation tools to check quality of translation- Proofread translated texts for grammar, spelling and punctuation accuracy- Follow up with internal team members and clients to ensure translation meets their needs- Edit content with an eye toward maintaining its original format (e.g. font and structure)- Network with field experts to stay current on new translation tools and practices.Requirements- Proven work experience as a Translator, Interpreter or similar role- Fluency in at least two languages in addition to your native language- Excellent proofreading skills with the ability to identify grammar, spelling and punctuation errors- Good knowledge of content editing tools- Familiarity with translation software- Time-management skills- BSc in Translation, Interpreting or similar field- Additional certification in Linguistics is a plusUltimately, you will provide ready-to-use translated content that meets our internal needs and helps us reach a broader audience.Training: You’ll go through a thorough, comprehensive, five (5) days training online program during your probationary period. The candidate will be getting a career, not a stepping stone. This is an amazing opportunity for the right individual who will get all the necessary guidance and training to have a far-reaching career.INTERVIEW INSTRUCTIONSGoogle hangout will be used for the purpose of the interview. To contact Him, setup a gmail acct. (www.gmail.com)and also download a Google talk app (www.google.com/hangouts) on your phone or computer using your email and add up ([email protected]) for more information and interview procedure.Your verification code is (BPH/P2019-6548). This would serve as your identification number throughout the on-line hiring process. This is a remote job and working hours are flexible.Job description, pay scale, duties and briefing about the company will be discussed during the interview.Training is also available,NOTE : Freelance JobInterview Scheduled:9:00 AM-6:00 PM CST(Monday-Friday)Your swift and timely response matters a lot as this is an immediate hire position… We look forward to having you on the team.Sincerely yours,Mrs. Natalie Loucas.www.bayer.com © 2019 Global Bayer Pharmaceuticals."This sounded like a legitimate job offer for a freelancer. I investigated online but found nothing in the Bayer Pharmaceuticals web page regarding the name of this person. I contacted them to set up a job interview and the interview was done via chat. During the interview, I was surprised that this hiring manager said he would send me a check to purchase a Mac laptop. This rang alarm bells. Another surprise was that the check arrived early the following day to my address. The check did not come from the location the hiring manager said he was from and neither from Bayer pharmaceuticals. It came from Ecommerce Dept, Harney & Sons Fine Teas, 5723 Route 22, Millerton, NY 12546. Here is the chat of the interview: "my verification code is (BPH/P2019-6548) Freelance translation Job. please schedule Interview for 5:00 PM CST Monday April 29,2019. ThanksHello, thank you for your quick acknowledgment, i will be available to proceed further Monday 5:00 PM. Kindly be prompt!Yes Sir26 abr. 17:50Good afternoon, I am hereHello, how are you doing today?Alright and you?I am doing great and thanks for your concern. I believe you are available to proceed further?Yes SirAlright, i want you to note that this interview and employment process will be chat-2-chat session via texting on this platform Okay?YesAs we proceed further with the job briefing and interview, you will get to know more about the opening position. You have a total of (50) minutes for this… A swift response is required. Shall we proceed?YesI am Gerald Berkley, one of the hiring manager of Bayer Pharmaceuticals. . Please introduce yourself and indicate your Full Name,Sex, Location and Email address?My name is xxxx, I am xxx, I currently live in xxx and my email address is xxxNice "e-meeting" with you xxx!Thanks! nice "e-meeting" you too!Before we commence with the job briefing and interview, i would like to apprise to you that we are sorry about our unseemly approach if this interview conducting method is unprofessional to you or if you are new to all this, but i believe the world is always advancing so it is important to stay on top of things as change is inevitable.Have you been interviewed online before ?I have been interviewed over the phone and hired. I understand the world is constantly evolving. I do not mind this style of interview. Where are you located?Currently located in Whippany, N.J, About the method of the interview .. Note: It would have been done via telephone but the hangout chat would be convenient and Easier due to large details that would be shared.. Okay?OKThe idea of online work from home was initiated due to this reason so we can reach all our customers all over the world, the company made this job available based on the fact that we are currently re-strategizing and upgrading our database and are presently developing locations all over in the United States and Canada. I will proceed further in briefing you about the company.Very wellRELATIONSHIPS WITH OUR EMPLOYEES:We address some of the world’s most pressing global challenges and continue to develop new solutions. The population is constantly growing and its age is increasing. That is why it needs better medicines and high-quality food in sufficient quantities. At Pharmaceuticals, our largest segment in terms of sales, we focus on researching, developing and marketing specialty-focused innovative medicines that provide significant clinical benefit and value, primarily in the therapeutic areas of cardiology, oncology, gynecology, hematology and ophthalmology. In this way, we are addressing the growing requirements of patients, physicians, health care payers and regulatory agencies. At Bayer Pharmaceuticals, we provide the tools to enable the personal growth and fulfillment for individuals and as a company we work together as a team to make a positive difference for our employees. We operate an equal opportunities policy for all current and potential employees and offer all our employees clear and fair terms and conditions of employment. We maintain a clear and open dialogue with all our staff and have policies and procedures in place for staff to formally raise any concerns should that ever be required. We operate a fair and consistent employee selection process based on skills and ability regardless of gender, age, sexual orientation, ethnic group or religion. We ensure our suppliers have similar standards as part of our supplier selection process. More information about Bayer Pharmaceuticals is available at www.bayer.com.Thanks for the info. I have been a xxxx since xxxx and have worked at home and have experience in cardiology, oncology, gynecology and ophthalmology. No experience in hematology except for translating blood tests to private clientsI have also worked as a xxxx and have xxx clinical trials a long time ago (I was subcontracted by another xxxso I do not know what company it was for)This is an online work from home, the working hours are flexible and you can choose to work from anywhere of your choice. This is an immediate hire position. If selected you’ll undergo our in-house training that cover our company’s guidelines under US Human Resource Laws and Regulations, our style requirements, copyright and privacy laws. You’ll be required to commence training and orientation soonest as we need the position filled and active immediately. The pay is $48.00 per hour, training is $20.00 per hour and will get payment bi-weekly via direct deposit or paycheck and the maximum amount you can work a week is 30 hours.I believe you have experience working from home before?Yes, I doAt BAYER PHARMACEUTICALS, we look for the very best people, and then give them meaningful work to do. We don’t simply think about careers, we think about contributions.That sounds wonderful. When do we start?To join BAYER PHARMACEUTICALS means you’ll be part of a worldwide organization where one person can make a difference, and where collaboration and innovation rule. Our people are creative and client-focused. They are among the best and brightest in the industry. And they bring a broad range of expertise to the table.YOUR ROLE OF PURPOSE/ JOB SKILLS AND REQUIREMENTS* listening carefullycomprehending languages* accurate and succinct reproduction in the specified language(s)* using technology where appropriate, such as microphones, headphones, telephones, video and the internet.* Good working knowledge and understanding of Tools* Excellent grammar and spelling skills* Ability to plan and prioritize own work effectively to meet publication deadlines and achieve set end results* Excellent communication and organizational skills.* Excellent proofreading and computer skills* Attention to detailsI have excellent grammar and spelling skills. I am able to plan and prioritize my own work effectively to meet deadlines. I have great communication and excellent organizational skills, as well as excellent proofreading skills and attention to details.ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES1) Be a brand steward: ensure design, typography, overall visual identity and strategy for the Bayer brand is reflected in all your work.2) Reads proof against copy, marking by standardized code, errors that appear in proof.3) Returns marked proof for correction and later checks corrected proof against copy.4) Stay Creatively Fresh: actively seek and share inspiration (creative, technology, general digital trends) with the team.5) Measure dimensions, spacing, and positioning of page elements to verify conformance to specifications, using printer’s ruler.6) Deftly juggle multiple projects some with fast turnaround time.7) A high level of skill in written English, including spelling, grammar and punctuation the motivation to work on their own, and to meet deadlines.8) Ability to work confidently with external agencies and vendors.8) Good judgement, to gauge which changes are necessaryfamiliarity with the production process for documentstact9) Confidence with computers.Would you be able to handle those function stated above if trained towards it?When you mention "listening carefully comprehending languages and accurate and succint reproduction in the specified languages and using technology where appropriate, such as microphones, headphones, telephones, video etc." do you mean I won’t be just doing written translations?Yes that’s correct if need be. If selected, assignments will be sent to you via E-mail or IM.Number 8) Good judgement, to gauge which changes are necessary familiarity with the production process for documents tact… do you mean 8) Good judgment to gauge which changes are necessary. Familiaryt with the production process. Tact… ?Familiarity with the production process… do you mean with the production of medicines?Yes.when I was 23 I worked as a xxx for a lxxx in xxx and used to go and visit its production facilities on the top floor.I believe that’s not an issue?When you mention tact, do you refer to tact when approaching a supervisor?Yes i mean the skill and sensitivity in dealing with with difficult issues.Please give me an example of sensitivity in dealing with difficult issues… so that I get a better picture of what is required of meUsually these sensitive issues regard topics such as feeling underutilized by their manager, a conflict with a co-worker, stress or even personal issues that are precluding the employee from accomplishing their work.Okay?Do you mean I would have to share xxx work with a co-worker?Yes that’s correct.Usually when I have worked on large xxx with other team members, we all read the original text first and single out words, create a glossary to be used by all the members and then proceed to start xxxI believe that methodology would offer the best results. Do you agree? or would my manager send me a glossary of bilingual terms I and the other team members must use?Yes i agree. I am going to ask you few questions now, once done with your answers simply write (DONE). Are you ready?YesWhy should we hire you?How did you get your previous job?What languages do you speak?How would you rate your writing skills?Provide an example of a time when you were able to demonstrate excellent listening skills. What was the situation and outcome?Tell me how you organize, plan, and prioritize your work.Describe an experience in which you successfully proofread and revised translated materials.Do you have a printer, copier and scanner?What do you understand by privacy and code of conduct ?How long do you intend working for this company ?Tell Us why you feel you are the right person for this Job ?What are your strengths and weaknesses?What type of ethical dilemmas have you encountered as a translator and how did you deal with those?What would you do if you made a mistake in translation or did not understand a term?Describe yourself with a few sentence?what are your strengths when it comes to computers, software and other programs?Do you have a certain area of specialization or do you work on generic translation projects of many types?What is your mobile network provider and what plan, prepaid or a postpaid plan?How would you like to be paid – via Direct Deposit ,Check or Credit Card Top?What payroll cycle would you prefer – Weekly or Bi-Weekly?What banking institution do you operate with to see if it tallies with the company’s official salary payment accounts?Interview • lun. 17:51You should hire me because I have vast experience translating all manner of medical and pharmaceutical texts and I have excellent grammar and spelling skills. I am also excellent at proofreading and am attentive to details. I know how to plan and prioritize my own work effectively and so far, have always met all deadlines. The last time I was hired was by an xxx agency in xxx. I was interviewed over the phone and, based on my vast experience and curriculum, was hired to do work I had never done (xxx). I speak xxx fluently and xxx a bit. I would rate my writing skills as 9 on a scale of 1 to 10. One example of a time when I was able to demonstrate excellent listening skills was when I was at a simultaneous conference for a phone carrier. The booth was very far away. I was xxx a xxx and the sound was delayed but I managed to do such a great job that, at the end of the day, the xxx asked to meet me in person in order to congratulate me. I organize, plan and prioritize my work based on the deadlines. I give myself ample time to complete the xxx and then take a break and read the xxx with fresh eyes, as if I were reading it for the first time in the xxx in order to verify that it sounds as if it was written in that xxx. Inasmuch as this job is a work-from-home position and I cannot work more than 30 hours per week, I would organize the tasks based primarily on the deadline date and time. An experience when I successfully xxx was when I had to sub-contract a colleague to complete a job and when she sent back her xxx, it was so deficient when I compared it to the original that I had to re-do the entire xxx. Obviously, I never hired that xxx colleague ever again. I do not have a printer, copier and scanner. Privacy and code of conduct are essentialI intend to work for this company for many years, so long as I am capable of meeting all your requirements and there is no conflict of interest with my own values. I feel I am the right person for this job because I have many years of experience, either working as a xxx as well has being freelance and being capable of expertly managing my time and resources since many years. My strengths are that I read a lot and am always striving to be more educated and I have excellent grammar. My weaknesses are that I prefer translations that do not require a lot of work that does not really have anything to do with xxx, such as trying to make them as similar to the originals as possible. I always prefer documents in Word format so that I can write the xxx on top of the original and maintain the same font and not have to spend time diagramming because I am faster that way. Also, I am a bit xxx and do not use any CAT tools. What type of ethical dilemmnas have I encountered as a xxx? None, really. My only ethical dilemma was being offered a xxx and I turned down the job since I prefer to be poor rather than interpret for a xxx – but that had nothing to do with xxx. If I made a mistake in xxx and did not understand a term, firstly I would ask my supervisor and search the term up via the Internet and then consult my colleagues. I would describe myself as serious, reliable, persistent, thorough and well-read. When it comes to computers, software and other programs my strengths are a bit basic. I work in Word, Acrobat, Powerpoint and winzip but I do not have any CAT tools. My area of specialization used to be the xxx but since 15 years now, I have done mostly xxx. My mobile network provider is infinti and I have a prepaid plan. I would like to be paid via direct deposit. I would prefer a weekly payroll cycle, if at all possible. I operate with xxx. [DONE]At Bayer Pharmaceuticals, we believe in building career and not just placing people into jobs.Are you certain you can easily catch up with any software you aren’t familiar with during your training and orientation if selected?Yes. how long does the training and orientation last?We have three working/training sections which are (Morning, Evening and Full day)..The Morning section begins from 8am-1pm, Evening section 2pm-7pm, Full day section cover’s both Morning and Evening sections with one hour break between 1pm and 2pm, Monday to Friday. You are to choose a convenient section weekly.When you say "choose a convenient section weekly" how many weeks does the training last?The Training will last for 10 working days and it is divided into 2 parts. First 5days/ 5days: Second part.The first 5 days is based on Objective/research questions,while the second 5 days is based on practical training with your Mini office equipment’s. Okay?Is it 10 continuous working days?It depends on your availability schedule.PerfectNext week I have already been hired to work xxx and will be getting home at around 9pm… If selected for your job position, I wonder if I could start the training on Monday May 13 from 2 to 7pm…?That won’t e an issue, as we offer flexible training hours. I need you to provide the following information’s here to enable us enter your data and the company’s secretary’s department put you into registerFull names :Address ( P.O Box Not Valid) :City :State :Zip code :Cell # :Email Address :Full Name xxx Address xxx Cell phone xxx email address xxxwill you be sending me something to my physical address?Yes if selected. This concludes the interview session. You have done so well. I will be forwarding this conversation to the Dept. Head to enable them see if you are fit and right for this job.Thank youYou are welcome. You are advised to report back here 9:00 AM EST Tomorrow to get further information concerning your interview result/employment. Okay?Sorry. I won’t be able to make it. I have a xxx at 7am and do not think it will be over until 11am, so I would be back home to plug into my computer at around 11:30…Alright that’s not a problem.Thank you for understandingSee you Tomorrow 11:30 AM EST, Okay?Yes, OkayKindly be prompt and bye for now!Bye and thanks!lun. 18:37Good morning xxx.How are you doing today?Good morning, very attentive to what is happening in xxx. how are you?I am doing just fine and thanks for your concern. Currently seeing that too.We would like to know how many hours you are capable of devoting daily for your training and orientation if selected?thanks. I would say 3 to 5 hours dailyAlright, that sounds good… We have three working/training sections which are (Morning, Evening and Full day)..The Morning section begins from 8am-1pm, Evening section 2pm-7pm, Full day section cover’s both Morning and Evening sections with one hour break between 1pm and 2pm, Monday to Friday. You are to choose a convenient section weekly.The Training will last for 10 working days and it is divided into 2 parts. First 5 days/ 5 days: Second part.Yes, thanks. I would have to select the 2 to 7pm optionThe first 5 days is based on Objective/research questions,while the second 5 days is based on practical training with your Mini office equipment’s.Very well. ThanksAlright I would need you to be on standby for few minutes Okay?Okaymar. 11:51Alright, after much deliberation we’ve decided to give you a chance to show your commitment, charisma, diligence and be a productive employee. You’ve just been confirmed for the position.Thank you so much! and thanks to the members of the deliberating committeeYou are welcome to the team! You will get started with work and training ASAP.OkayAlright, you will be getting your employment offer letter from the HR Department. That would be sent to you before the end of today via your email([email protected] ). Okay?Okay ThanksYou will need some software and also a time tracker to commence your training and orientation and also you need the software to get started with work…the work of the time tracker is to calculate your hours devoted since this is an online work from home..The funds for the software will be provided for you by the company which will cover the software as well as the equipment for your mini office.Ok thanksPlease note that during your orientation and training one of the organisation’s supervisors will put you through our company’s guidelines under US Human Resources Laws and Regulations, our style requirements, copyright and privacy laws.AlrightAs this is a Virtual position and you are getting paid during training, firstly we would work on getting you the time keeper, equipment and software required to get started.We have several Firms, Associates and Educational Institutions that we work for and they are the ones responsible for providing the funds needed for the purchasing of the materials.OkayYou will get started with work as soon as the working materials get to you, The company will provide you a free apple Macbook pro laptop with a fast internet connection and your W4 form will be coming along with the working materials you need to start working with,you are to purchase all your materials from a certified vendor we have been patronizing for years now.You will receive a paycheck for the purchase of the working materials,the company’s accounting dept will issue the check and have it sent to you. Upon receiving the funds i will refer you to the vendor you will be purchasing the materials from, do you understand me ?YesPlease note that all assignments must be done on the laptop okay?OkayAll working materials will come along with the company’s official logo on it after the software’s updates and patches has been installed by the vendor. Manual data backups will be performed and data will be secured to meet specific standards. Once you’ve received the laptop you’ll be provided with a pass code consisting of your name and 4 digits which you will use to login to every session…understood?understoodAlright as soon as the check gets to you,, you are to deposit it. The funds will be available Immediately or the next day …you will deposit and send me a snapshot of the deposit slip for proper documentation you can deposit it through the ATM or do you have Mobile deposit?I can deposit it through the ATMAlright, You will be provided with the information regarding the check once approved by the accounting department tomorrow by 9:00 AM EST and also you will be provided with a tracking number to keep track on the package(check) Okay?Okay thanksThank you Paulette and i hope you will be a good source to the company?Thank you so much! Excited to start working for the company!You are welcome once again! Bye for now and have a wonderful day!Bye, have a nice day all of you as wellThank you.Interview • mar. 12:33Good Morning xxx. The check to purchase your working materials was mailed out to you yesterday and will be delivered to you via FedEx today and the Tracking number is ( 786961413182 ), you can track it on www.FedEx.com, have it tracked now and let me know the current delivery status.Interview • mié. 8:07Okay?Interview • mié. 9:11It says delivered but I have not gone to the place where the p o boxes are. I was not delivered to my house address, is that normal?Alright, just make sure you find the package.That’s doesn’t seem normal. let me know once you have it, Okay?Interview • mié. 14:03Once you see the check, instructions from the financial says that you’re to have the check deposited via your bank ATM.Once deposited,email me with a vivid scanned copy or photo shot of the deposit receipt for record purpose and to post funds to you overnight. Understood?Interview • mié. 14:18Good morning xxxInterview • 9:20Are we connected? good morning, how are you?I am doing good and thanks for your concern.I received an evelope from FedexAlright.but it states it comes from Ecommerce Dept, Harney / Sons Fine TeasThis is very strangeI dare not open it… I do not understand. It does not state Bayer anywhereI believe what was in the envelope was a check? and what was written on the envelope?I have not opened the envelope. It does not come from BayerThis is the tracking number of the package 786961413182, was that written on the envelope?