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An interview Tragedy

mahadi_du
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Md. Mahadi H Member Since: Nov 14, 2014
1 of 33

Based on a True Event...

 

It was an ordinary evening and I was doing my regular job when a new email caught up my attention. It was an Upwork notification. I felt very excited Smiley Very Happy and immediately opened my Upwork account to dig up what it is all about. It was from an Upwork Talent Specialist inviting me to an interview for a SEO job (just to mention she is an example of beauty).

 

I finished reading the message and jumped to the job detail. I continued reading the detail though it was more than 400 words until I stopped at a point where it says "3 pages attachment"-wait! 3 pages attachment! Smiley LOL Are you kidding me? There is another 3 pages attachment even after 400 words description! I became confused and thought ignore it and lets continue my job. But again thout lets see where it ends. I downloaded the attachment. It was full of required skills for the job (more than 800 words). I enjoyed reading the whole attachment and marked what skills I don't have. When I finished there were a lot of points marked with red. I thought I'm gonnan place an order to a Chinese industry to produce such a freelancer who will have all these skills. Smiley LOL

 

I accepted the interview answering all the questions and giving myself numbers from 1 to 10 depending my skills. The next day I got reply from the client that he is interested. He also explained his 4 steps (yes thats right) selection procedure. Are you kidding me again? Smiley LOL He also expected that I will find the procedure fair though it contains unpaid works.

 

Finally, I left a short reply that "please don't wait for me. Go ahead. By the way even my government doesn't have 4 step selection procedure. Best of luck".

 

Did I do it right? What are you thinking?

p_valdes
Community Guru
Pablo V Member Since: Dec 16, 2014
2 of 33

Looks like a scam at least. There were similar cases reported of proved scams that typically involve a very complex and detailed way to be hired in "just 20 easy steps"... you need to do some free test job to pass to the second step with more free job and so..., they suck as many personal information and free job from the freelancer as they can and at the end, typically will make some excuses and never hire.

 

I think that the so called talent specialist is probably just an intermediary here, not related with the job.

 

To avoid IMAO.

vladag
Community Manager
Vladimir G Community Manager Member Since: Oct 31, 2014
3 of 33

Hi Md. Mahadi,

 

I've checked the invite you received and can confirm this is a legitimate job for which you were invited by our *edited*I can also confirm that the client didn't request free work, as I can see they clearly stated that the test work will be paid at the hourly rate freelancers' quoted.

 

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mahadi_du
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Md. Mahadi H Member Since: Nov 14, 2014
4 of 33

Hi Vladimir

Thanks for your feedback on this. Yes you are right. The second step was a paid test but not the first step. I acknowledge that many would consider spending that time of 1st step to take the chance. But to me it doesn't feel right. Actually I think after submitting proposal, an Skype or Team viewer interview is enough to offer a paid test. If the client wants to Skype at step 3 why can't he Skype at first step and discus the objective of the project so that the freelancers have clear picture what the client is expecting. Then he can select the final freelancer based on result. Its understandable that many won't agree with my view.

 

Regards-

tlsanders
Community Guru
Tiffany S Member Since: Jan 15, 2016
5 of 33

@Md. Mahadi H wrote:

Hi Vladimir

Thanks for your feedback on this. Yes you are right. The second step was a paid test but not the first step. I acknowledge that many would consider spending that time of 1st step to take the chance. But to me it doesn't feel right. Actually I think after submitting proposal, an Skype or Team viewer interview is enough to offer a paid test. If the client wants to Skype at step 3 why can't he Skype at first step and discus the objective of the project so that the freelancers have clear picture what the client is expecting. Then he can select the final freelancer based on result. Its understandable that many won't agree with my view.

 

Regards-


It seems odd to me that you would expect the potential client to take the time to interview all of the many applicants via Skype before even knowing whether or not they might be qualified for the job...and odder that you'd expect them to offer a paid test to several dozen people (thereby paying for a lot of work they're not going to use) instead of weeding people out first and testing the contenders. 

tlbp
Community Guru
Tonya P Member Since: Nov 26, 2015
6 of 33

Well I guess the screening process served a purpose in this instance. Smiley Wink

lysis10
Community Guru
Jennifer M Member Since: May 17, 2015
7 of 33

@Tonya P wrote:

Well I guess the screening process served a purpose in this instance. Smiley Wink


lol well played 

mahadi_du
Ace Contributor
Md. Mahadi H Member Since: Nov 14, 2014
8 of 33

@Tonya P wrote:

Well I guess the screening process served a purpose in this instance. Smiley Wink


 Lol......Smiley LOL

researchediting
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Douglas Michael M Member Since: May 22, 2015
9 of 33

@Tiffany S wrote:

It seems[...]odder that you'd expect them to offer a paid test to several dozen people (thereby paying for a lot of work they're not going to use) instead of weeding people out first and testing the contenders. 


 Um, it seems odd that Upwork would enforce its terms of service with its clients?

 

Best,

Michael

tlsanders
Community Guru
Tiffany S Member Since: Jan 15, 2016
10 of 33

@Douglas Michael M wrote:

@Tiffany S wrote:

It seems[...]odder that you'd expect them to offer a paid test to several dozen people (thereby paying for a lot of work they're not going to use) instead of weeding people out first and testing the contenders. 


 Um, it seems odd that Upwork would enforce its terms of service with its clients?

 

Best,

Michael


I'm not aware of a TOS that requires an employer to offer the paid test prior to requesting that the applicant answer some questions and engage in an interview.  Please enlighten me. 

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