IT recruiters are seeing more and more IT professionals who want some kind of flexible work or work-from-home arrangements in their next roles. Due to the nature of IT jobs, this is actually possible relatively often. However, you can safely assume you’ll seriously hurt your chances of getting one of these jobs if you ask about it during the interview.
First, why do IT staffing companies advise against asking your interviewer about work-from-home and flexible hours arrangements? IT recruiting firms don’t want you to ask about work-from-home and flexible hours perks in an interview because it suggests that your focus is on the perks (rather than the actual work, the team, the company, etc). Interviewers want to see that you’re assessing if (and proving) that you’d succeed in the role. They’re working with IT staffing agencies to find candidates who are a great fit for the work, the corporate culture, etc. If you use the little time you have with an interviewer to focus on the perks (like flexible hours or work-from-home options) you won’t help your candidacy at all.
If IT recruiting companies don’t want you to ask interviewers about work-from-home and flexible work arrangements, how will you make sure you land a job with these benefits? You can talk directly with your technical recruiters about it. This is a big perk of working with IT staffing firms: they want to know your wish list for your next job. You can speak frankly with your IT recruiting agencies about your wish list and they work to negotiate on your behalf. This lets you focus on advocating for your candidacy and landing your dream IT job.
About AVID Technical Resources
AVID (Applications, Voice, Internet, Data) Technical Resources is a leading Information Technology recruiting company. Specializing in placing contract and permanent personnel in both Infrastructure Support and Applications Development positions, AVID has a national presence supporting clients ranging from small businesses to Fortune 100 companies. Headquartered in Boston, MA, AVID has achieved tremendous growth since the firm's inception in 2003. This has triggered numerous national awards and recognition, such as being named to Inc. 500 Magazine's list of 5,000 Fastest Growing Privately-held Companies in the US in 2010, 2011 and 2013. Additionally, the firm boasts of having more than 100 five-star reviews on Google from clients and candidates who rave about their experience and interaction with the firm's recruiters.