Experienced mystery shoppers likely know the ins and outs of accepting and effectively completing a job that they barely even need to think about it. However, novices would do well to draft some sort of checklist or organizational system to make sure they take all factors into consideration and avoid any mistakes.
Such a checklist may simply be a series of questions. For example, what is the location? What is the deadline for the report? How much does it pay? What is required of you? Do you want to work with this specific company? These are just a few considerations the blog The Mystery Shopper's Manual advises shoppers to make before accepting a job.
"Do not assume when you see the name of the client or a street name that you know where the location is," writes Cathy Stucker for the blog. "Verify the address to be certain you know where you will be going on the shop."
Stucker also recommends verifying payment and payment methods, shopping periods and scheduler histories. While you may be hungry for a job, it may also be the case that a certain company is not the right fit.