Get Paid to Interview for Jobs!??


No, I’m not making this up. A new online service claims it will pay you to interview for jobs, on average $300 – $600 per interview. NotchUp is an online company that aims to take the hassle and cost out of placing “top-tier candidates” with employers. And it boasts that it has signed up the likes of Google, Yahoo and others as clients. Here’s how NotchUp describes it’s services:


NotchUp was built with one specific purpose: to disrupt the frustrating, costly, and time consuming process of identifying talented prospects. Professionals on NotchUp set an asking price, the price at which they’ll talk to prospective employers. Companies use NotchUp to find professionals with the skills and experience they need, and pay those professionals their asking price to interview. NotchUp brokers the transaction and protects both parties to ensure that companies and prospects are free to explore new opportunities.




I guess the trick is having a good enough resume to attract employers willing to pay for an interview. If you would like an estimate of how much you can charge for an interview, you can use NotchUp’s tool to calculate your interview price. Maybe interviewing could become a part-time job.

Published or Updated: February 14, 2013
About Rob Berger

Rob founded the Dough Roller in 2007. A litigation attorney in the securities industry, he lives in Northern Virginia with his wife, their two teenagers, and the family mascot, a shih tzu named Sophie.


  1. rp says:

    I just joined NotchUp yesterday! It truly does make sense, especially in the new york city job market where everyone is jumping around. Instead of paying head hunters, I can get paid just for being interested in a firm. Since its still in Beta form, I’m not sure how many companies are already interviewing from the site, but I can’t wait to start getting interview offers.

    • DR says:

      rp, if you do get interview offers, let us know how the process worked and (if you don’t mind) how much they are paying per interview.

  2. Mrs. Micah says:

    Well, if I’m looking for a job in the next year, I’ll remember that. It can’t hurt to try.

  3. Russ says:

    Read their Terms of Service when you sign-up. Read it VERY carefully.

    Go to LinkedIn and read theirs. Check out their Privacy Policy, too.

    How different do they feel?

    If you slurp all your information to NotchUp from LinkedIn, will all the privacy you enjoy at LI be still available to you?

    When something looks too good to be true, do a lot of checking to make sure it isn’t.

    • DR says:

      Russ, thanks for the heads up.

  4. Jay says:

    I’m going to go out on a limb and assume that one could not just interview and turn down a job offer and still get paid for the interview. If someone ran a business that had a loophole like that in it, I doubt their business would be a business for long. Call me skeptical, but I would imagine you get “paid” after you are with the company for a certain amount of time, and after the recruiter has recieved his cut from the company that hired you.

    I mean how else could it work?

  5. maybe interviewing for jobs could become a fulltime job!

    my job only pays 330/interview, but if you can do 20/month, thats $6,600 which as a self-employed person can be significantly tax-advantaged.

  6. Carol says:

    That is a mighty big “if”.

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