Ask the employer for their company website, and check to see if their answers correlate with the information and photos listed. If you still feel cautious, try our other suggestions.
Never ever give ESL employers your personal information, including your social security number, debit/credit card, and other pertinent identification or financial information. Do not send employers your scanned copy of your passport until necessary, or you are certain they are a legitimate business.
Always arrange a video interview with any ESL Employer so you can get a good idea of who you are actually speaking with. If necessary, ask for a current foreign teacher working at the company to sit-in in the interview.
Ask if they can provide a short tour of the school while you are connected to your video chat service. Make sure to also ask them for photos of their school location, with someone in the photo doing an action that you’ve requested. Something as simple as holding up a piece of paper with your name on it in front of a building donning the company logo might work. Whatever makes you feel comfortable.
Ask for the contact information of current foreign teachers working at the company. Create a checklist of questions to ask them so that you can verify that the company is legit. Speak with them over the phone or by video call.
The ESL community is insanely huge. Many teachers often share their experiences and voice their opinions about various companies they have worked for, work with, or will work with in the future. Post your potential employer’s information around and ask if anyone can verify their existence or heard any negative information about them. Check forums for blacklisted ESL companies. If you’ve been approached by or in contact with suspicious employers, make sure to let others know as well.
Visit the expat website of the company’s location. Look for any information that can verify your company. You can also create a post asking others to help you to verify.
ESL Agents are very knowledgeable and resourceful in the ESL World. Even though their work is based on commission, they often try their best to find the best job that suits your needs and wants. They can also tell you things they’ve heard or read about with different organizations, whether good or bad. Ask an agent if they can verify your company or if there have come across any information regarding it.