Safety In Hiring Process
The hiring process has 3 main stages:
Application, 2. Interview, and 3. Finalization.
Below are some helpful tips on how to protect yourself against fraud during the hiring process.
During the application process, you will be submitting a Résumé (CV) and/or a Cover Letter to the prospective employer. Keep in mind that although you want to provide information about your qualifications, personal information should be kept to a minimum. Email and telephone number are to be given at your own risk; you can communicate with the employer within the Chegg Internships platform in order to stay in touch, which allows you to avoid giving out personal contact information. Be mindful of who you share this information with as you progress to the interview process.
Interviews should be conducted formally over a publicly-listed phone number. Be wary of Google Hangout or Skype interviews as these are not publicly-listed numbers that can be used to verify the legitimacy of the interviewer. If employers request this type of interview, there is a greater likelihood that they are fraudulent. If you still take the interview, make sure you can see the interviewer’s face live in real-time and that it matches with a publicly listed profile on LinkedIn or the company website. Even if the interviewer appears to have a legitimate LinkedIn profile, remain alert to the possibility he or she could be impersonating company personnel. If you suspect fraud, you may decide to reach out to the company via customer service to confirm the interviewer’s identity and to verify that they have internship openings. Verifying the legitimacy of the employer is extremely important at the stage of finalizing employment.
When you are finalizing your employment you will be asked to do many things: verify your hours, provide contact information previously withheld, and discuss role expectations. At this point, continue to manage the security of your personal information: Do not provide your social security number directly to the employer, and be careful when providing bank information to your employer. There are alternatives to your social security number that can be provided for verification, like a passport. For direct deposit your employer may ask for a voided check. Only do this at an in-person internship. For a remote internship do not provide bank account information directly to your employer. Instead, go through a trusted 3rd party system or have the employer send a paper check. Lastly, your employer should never ask you for payment. If they send you a check first for you to pay them back, this behavior is a strong indicator of fraud. Chegg Internships does not ask students to pay any fees on its platforms in order to help avoid fraud.
Please be mindful throughout the hiring process and focus on maintaining security of your personal information every step of the way.