I am looking to pick up a side side gig doing helicopter instruction with a school. Its brand new school. They have one instructor with zero given. Just got his CFI with another school. They were considering me for a part time chief instructor position. They don't have any students and no program so part of the job would be to build a program. I'm cool with that as a side gig for the helicopter time and I can pick my hours. Had an interview today and they want me to pay for a employment check ride. I have to pay for the helicopter at $400 an hour (DOC is around $200 so I am paying the customer rate no less). Then pay for a check airman who doesn't work for the school to do my check ride because there isn't anyone there who can do it. Anyone ever heard of this? This a run don't walk in the other direction?