Review: Leapforce Search Engine Evaluator
My first Search Engine Evaluator review is for a very popular source, Leapforce. I originally applied for this position in mid November – almost a month from the writing of this post. Contained in this review will be my opinions of the job description and interview process as I did not end up working for Leapforce. Read on!
I was very excited to find the opportunity at Leapforce while doing my regular search among work-at-home forums and listings. Admittedly, it stands out among all of the other transcription and blogging gigs that you find and it had a pretty fancy title too – Search Engine Evaluator! In simple terms, the job presents you with ‘tasks’ are linked to a Gmail account (yes, you are required to sign up for one if you do not have one already!) that are real searches users have made on search engines. Based on language, origin and user intention, you rank the results that the search engines have presented the user in quality and relevancy. You can find the full job description on Leapforce’s site here.
This job was definitely one of the ones I had been more excited to come across, however, I personally found the interview process awful. Unlike many applicants, I did
receive an invitation to continue same day in my email. I believe this was because during the application process I did note that I had prior experience, which is asked as one of the last questions in the process (more on that later). The next step after acceptance into the process is to pass 2 of their qualification exams: 1) the question theoretical test based on their guidelines (they provide to you) and 2) the longer question task-related qualification exam. You have to pass Part 1 to get to Part 2. After passing Part 1, you are automatically sent the instructions for Part 2, which you also have days to complete. When you are finished with Part 2, you do not get an automatic pass/fail similar to Part 1, you must wait out the allotted time they gave you to get your results – pass or fail. If you are impatient like me, then this will annoy the crap out of you.
My Personal Experience:
Note: I have had formal SEO training by a highly regarded Internet company. I was invited right away to participate and was sent all the instructions I needed to start very quickly. I spent a couple of hours going over the guidelines document that they gave me and ended up failing part 1. I remembered after the fact that they had sent me instruction that a couple of the questions were now out-of-date and needed to be answered with the answers provided so, since they advertise that they give you one second chance, I took it and passed part 1 with a breeze on my 2nd attempt. I spent a very long time with a simulator provided to practice tasks and reread the guidelines multiple times when I had a question. I did reference them often during the tests as that is allowed by using Ctrl +F. I was very confident on Part 2 as I only missed one item the entire time I practiced with the simulator. I took Part 2 and waited a week for my results, only to find out I had failed and that meant I was done. I have since received another chance via email where they auto-enrolled me to try again (much to my surprise as every I had read mentioned 2 chance maximum), but I have decided not to pursue it any longer for now (as I feel like I have wasted too many hours on the process). I don’t like to toot my horn, but I’m very confident in my abilities – especially with the simulator having given me an A+++ and am left wondering if the assessments are fully functional because of my experience, dedication & having gotten another retry when I was clearly not supposed to. It sounds like if you can get in, it is a pretty great gig as far as the pay and work expected are concerned. Assuming that you are lucky enough to not get laid off it seems that it can provide a pretty steady income for many people. I have found lots of rave reviews on forums and other blogs of actual employees or former employees.
- Pay offered is very fair
- Flexible hours
- No selling
- No upfront cost
- Does not require work on phone/noisy households OK!
- Company provides lots of documentation upfront, including wage disclosure
- Exams are given plenty of time to complete
- From what I’ve found online, tasks seem consistent & plenty
- Many pleased worker reviews found online
- Company is very upfront with position and also expectations for communication with them
- You can not apply for this position if you hold/held another SE evaluator position elsewhere
- You are not allowed to disclose your wages or other information/must sign multiple legal documents
- Terrible customer service (don’t bother trying to email them)
- Interview process is the most time-consuming I have personally been through (to study materials and for the exams, est time to spend 6-8+ hrs)
- Even if you pass, you will wait at least one week to find out results of exam Part 2
- Company is known to lay off/not renew contracts even on long-term employees
- If you fail any exam, you will not get a response of any score or a list of ways to improve
If you would like to apply for this position, you can find their current open opportunities here.
If you have applied or worked for this company, then please leave a comment to help others!