Thank you for returning to share more about what happened.
This kind of insight and additional perspective benefits all of us.
For what it's worth... Clicking the Hire button to immediately hire somebody rather than invite them to interview may be relatively rare, but it is an allowable action. And it is never an excuse for fraudulent behavior.
I have hired over 100 different freelancers on Upwork, including direct hires. I have never had any experience like the original poster described. So I like to think that something like this is rare. But I know (due to my reading of Community Forum threads) that things like this happen. All of us (especially freelancers) benefit when we can remove bad apple freelancers from the platform.
Richard W wrote:
Amanda L wrote:
Was this an hourly contract or fixed price? It seems odd that you sent a contract instead of a message. As a client I have done both, and I'm not even sure how you would mistake a contract for a message.
As a freelancer I've had several clients, new to Upwork, who've clicked the Hire button instead of the Invite button, and so they've sent me a job offer immediately. Since the default job type is Hourly, these have been hourly job offers. And I believe the default time limit is 40 hours. So if I was unscrupulous I could have immediately accepted the offer and clocked up 40 hours on the time tracker before the end of the week, and before the client was aware of what was happening. I suspect this is what happened to Ron.
P.S. I think clicking the Hire button should bring up a warning screen telling the user they are about to enter into a contract, and that it's usual to invite the freelancer to an interview first.
I like this suggestion too.
It looks like you already have an open ticket regarding the same concern. While waiting on an update from the team handling your support ticket, you may want to pause the contract and discuss this separately with the freelancer. I feel that this may have been a miscommunication between you and your freelancer. Just the same, I'll follow up with the team so that they can reach out to you sooner.
Since you are new, I definitely recommend that you read up on the client section of the resources we have compiled to help you familiarize yourself with Upwork.