Answered by Sara, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Working from home can be a great opportunity with many added benefits and there are certainly legitimate opportunities to work from home. When you see a position like this posted you should take the time to do as much research as you can about the opportunity and look for red flags. Start by doing as much research as you can on the company - does type of business align with one that would have remote opportunities - a high tech role that would be done primarily by yourself and on a computer, may be legitimate on the other hand a job in a manufacturing industry may be less likely to offer remote work. Once you have investigated the company, consider the application process - are they looking for information you would normally supply on an application or resume or are they looking for information that is out of the ordinary for a job application such as your social security number. If the application seems legitimate and the company reaches out to you, what steps are they taking to determine if you are a good fit? Companies are moving to use more technology in their hiring process so additional questions or electronic communication prior to a first phone call may not be a cause for concern however, if you receive an offer without any direct contact from a company representative I would be concerned. If you get to the point where you are ready to accept an offer, be mindful of the information they ask for in the onboarding - at this point a company will need additional information from you such as your social security number and other documents to verify your identity and right to work however a legitimate company will not ask you to send them a payment to begin the new role. In all you need to be cautious, ask questions and make sure the employer is looking for information that would be appropriate at that stage in the process. Good luck!