I just received an interview request after submitting a proposal. The employer told me to setup an interview with HR through a Skype link she provided. I'm pretty new to Upwork, so I don't know if this is a common practice or a red flag that the job is a scam. Also, I saw that the employer has been a member here for about a week, and the payment method is not verified. I'm a bit suspicious of this, but since I can't seem to find a way to directly email Upwork and ask them, I'd like to ask all of you who have been doing this for a while. Is this common, or is it a red flag for a job scam?
You've come to the right place to ask the question. You'll find many other similar posts on the forums that may help. But, you have to know the Terms of Service. We are on Upwork and so the interview process and payment stay on Upwork. Scammers like to go after new freelancers.
Any mention of HR or some other fancy-titled person is a red flag. Same with Skype, Telegram, etc., or my favorite: 'follow this link to be interviewed immediately'. I told them I can be interviewed immediately here on Upwork.