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Does THIS represent "seeking free work" - Trial Period before awarding job on UW

financemark
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Mark K Member Since: Jul 7, 2016
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"Next Steps
We will be conducting interviews and testing projects with several individuals. You'll be given real life tasks, and will be evaluated on how well you perform them. After a trial period, we will retain the best person or people for additional projects"

 

https://www.upwork.com/o/jobs/browse/details/~01284f814f481a45f1/?amount=100-100000&contractor_tier=...

petra_r
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Petra R Member Since: Aug 3, 2011
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@Mark K wrote:

"Next Steps
We will be conducting interviews and testing projects with several individuals. You'll be given real life tasks, and will be evaluated on how well you perform them. After a trial period, we will retain the best person or people for additional projects"


 Who knows, why don't you ask the client? To me it sounds like the "testing projects" are to be paid for, based on the "we will retain" part,  but if you are interested, ask the client.

If you are not, hit that "back" button and move on.

prestonhunter
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Preston H Member Since: Nov 24, 2014
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I doesn't cost anything to give the client the benefit of the doubt and assume that she wants to do the right thing. Maybe the wording in the job posting is imprecise or unclear. Maybe the client herself is not entirely clear on what is acceptable.

 

If you are interested in the project, then you can send a proposal and express your enthusiasm for it, and state that you would be happy to participate in the "paid try-out" or "paid test phase" of the project.

 

I think most people, including most Upwork clients, WANT to do the right thing. And even if a client thought at one point in time that she could get people to work for free or do the test phase work for free, she might do the right thing and hire people if she realizes that she needs to hire them and pay them for this phase of work.

 

If it turns out that she is trying to get people to work for free or do something violates Upwork ToS, of course you won't agree to that. And you could report the job posting as "asking for free work."

yitwail
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John K Member Since: Feb 17, 2015
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The client spent over $10k on 14 hires with an average hourly rate above $24, so chances are the job’s legit.
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