During the interview process, I ruled out a particular freelancer. He came back with 'work' I didn't ask for and told me I needed to pay him for it. His most recent message intimated that he's going to ask Upwork to 'supervise' this disagreement.
I know I don't owe him anything, and I don't fear any consequences from Upwork, because I know I did nothing wrong. But I'm wondering if I should report him myself for this behavior? How?
Hi N T,
I believe I found which interview you are referring to. It is inappropriate for a freelancer to complete work that wasn't requested and demand payment before an official contract is created. We'll have our Marketplace Quality team review the freelancer and take appropriate actions.
Thank you for reporting.
You are not obligated to report this goofball.
But it is helpful to the Upwork community if you do so.
By posting here in the Forum, you have already prompted Upwork representative Valeria to initiate an investigation. For this situation, there really isn't anything else you need to do.
If it was me, I would also use the Upwork messenger tool to BLOCK this particular freelancer, to prevent him from communicating with you any more.
I too was intent on hiring a free lancer, **Edited for Community Guidelines**, and he requested to have an interview on Skype. I took the advice of my friend who is a product manager and asked him several questions. First he refused to video skype. Then half way through he asked if I was Asian, which I explained yes, but I'm born in Canada and so I'm a Canadian. Then he quoted me double what my friends quoted me for the project, and quoted his rate as higher than his previous projects. He said he was a top developer and that he would work 40 hours a week, for 4 weeks on my project. He then said "I know you don't have the money", and suggested that I go to see an Indian or a Chinese developer. I told him in reply, that in fact I did have the money, and that I woudn't be doing business with him. How does a dev who's a top developer work full-time on my one project, further more a project with whom my technical friends said should take half that time. It definitely sounded shady to me.
I was honestly intent on hiring this guy, who first reqeustd to skype then wasn't comfortable on video skyping, then refused to share his 30 iOS apps he's done, that he claimed. And when I asked for him to share them as he only shared 3 of them with me, I didn't get a reply. As you can see from the image file, he was rude, clearly racist, and wrong about me. I was positive going into this meeting and honestly shocked at the quick conclusions he drove at, and accusations about me. The conversation took 40 minutes in total, from beginning to end, and was a slow texting process i'm guessing b/c of the language barrier of English, as it took some time to get replies from him. Guess he got annoyed at the length and when straight to money and accused me of not having the money, and then being cheap.
Is there a way to rate freelancers? I think other people should know about rude, unprofessional, stereotypical behaviors that are unfounded. I know some engineers don't have the people skills but I was shocked at this level from someone that was supposed to be a top level free lancer. Or is just racism in general can turn a person 180 degrees. I'm dumbfounded.
You are unprofessional and should not publish the name of a freelancer here. I am not sure if this person you are talking about is really existing on the platform.
I think people should know who they're dealing with. How else should people know? If you want to run a professional business don't be racist to people. Other people should know this before doing business with these types of people. Racist, unecessary, rude ehaviour like that doesn't get soft treatment. People should know. And if he doesn't wnat people to know who he is and how he behaves, then I don't think one should be acting like that. I've just sent the entire transcript and screen shots to support as they have requested.
First, and most importantly, it is against forum rules to "name and shame" freelancers and clients. You can easily remove your screen shot, or a mod will likely do it for you.
While not at all excusing unprofessional behavior, I think I can see where this process went off the rails. First, there are probably many of us that will not do Skype video calls. This isn't necessarily a red flag. Were you open to doing a voice only call and, if so, did you let the freelancer know that?
Second, the entire tone of the remainder of the interview went downhill when you asked him why his rate went up. Frankly, it's not really any of your concern (and I mean that respectfully) and his current rate is clearly posted on his profile. When the new Upwork fees went into effect, some freelancers adjusted their rate to compensate. How come it was fair of you to question his rate, but unfair for him to ask you how much you were willing to pay for the app?
Again, no freelancer worth their salt likes to see unprofessional behavior on the platform. However, I think there are lessons to take away from this for both sides.
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