I am new to Upwork. Recently I received a message from a hiring manager that I am selected for an interview and she gave me instructions on how to set up the interview on Hangouts. The client is new to Upwork (2020) and only has this one job posted. Their payment method is not verified on Upwork. I've completed the interview on Hangouts with a manager from this company, and he told me that they will send me an offer letter soon. I got suspicious because the manager asked me to add him again on a different Hangout account (becuase he couldn't send out more messages on the old one) and that I couldn't find his name on LinkedIn or Google. Is there a way to check if this job is valid or a scam?
Google Hangouts invite = scam
And everything else you describe (hiring manager, offer letter, etc.) are all part of the most common scam that we see on Upwork. Use the "Flag as inappropriate" link button in top right hand corner of job posting. Select "Looks fake" option. Copy your post from this thread and paste it into the text box.
Upwork will take the job down.
I cannot confirm that all Google Hangouts and Skype interviews are scams. On my very first freelancing gig, I was interviewed through Google Hangouts.
Just the same, I highly recommend that you read up the "Safety First!" section of the freelancer resources we have compiled, and these tips for avoiding questionable jobs for more information about working safely through Upwork. Hopefully, this helps you identify red flags on job posts, and interviews in the future.
I also checked your account and was unable to identify the client you are referring to. When you have the time, please flag the client's job post as inappropriate so that it goes to the team's queue for their review.
I can confirm that actions have been taken against the client's account, and I would recommend that you refrain from communicating with this client until they resolve the issue with their account.
re: " I‘m new to Upwork and would like to get your thoughts on this. I received an offer from a client whose advert is more on looking for management consultant. It’s a one time project that will require a zoom call for an hour. He sent me a calendly link for the call booking. Is this a legit project or should I worry about the job post? The client has been on Upwork for over 2 years and has had 1 5 star rating. Checked his LinkedIn profile and seems that his advert is somewhat connected to what he does as an advisor."
Yes. This is a legitimate job.
You may participate in the Zoom call as long as you have already been hired using an Upwork contract. Until then, you may communicate using the Upwork Messages tool.
re: "What is the most common method for interviews on Upwork? (If Hangouts and Skype interviews are scams)."
There ARE some reports of scammers doing interviews using Skype, but thus is very rare.
And when the scammers used Skype, they were using chat only. Scammers don't use Skype audio or video calls because the want to conceal their identities.
If a prospective client wants to do an audio or video chat with you, that person is probably not a scammer.
However, such calls need to be done using Upwork's Messages tool, or the client needs to hire you using an Upwork contract first.
Probably just a scammer.
But if a prospective client asks to speak with you using Google Hangouts, the same rules apply. That is not allowed until they have hired you with an Upwork contract. Tell them:
"Thank you for the invitation to speak with you about your project. I would be happy to talk using Hangouts after you hire me using an Upwork hourly contract. Until then, we can chat using Upwork's Messages tool."
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