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Mass interviewing - is it abuse?

Yesterday I was being interviewed by a prospective client. He had a 3 page ms-word document listing the changes needed to be done to his online store.

To give him an estimate, I guess I would have to mentally "rougly" do the 33 items in my head (or attempt to). Since the list is three pages, I'm guessing it would take me an hour.

I don't have a problem spending an hour. It's just that I see the client is doing this to 37 other freelancers. So basically, overall the system is expending 38 hours of labour to produce about 3 or 4 hours of paid work.

Can you guys see how this is not sustainable?
I feel anyone who does bulk interviews (over 20) is borderline abusing the platform. If you agree this behavior is not acceptable/sustainable, but can we do as a community to prevent it.


**Edited for Community Guidelines**

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Hi Sam,

Thank you for bringing this to our attention, our team has already reviewed the client and the job post but no violations were found.
Keep in mind that some clients are hiring up to 20 freelancers on the same job posting.

If you find any suspicious activity fell free to let us know here or use the flagging option on the job post, thank you.

~ Goran
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Sam, I think the problem here isn't the large number of invitations to interview so much as the balance of work it would take to submit a bid compared with the scope of the actual project. Clearly, it wouldn't be worth the investment regardless of the number of freelancers invited.


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This has been going on from day one.


The only difference seems to be the max has been throttled back from the 1000's some "clients" and their "unpaid tests" were able to push here (and maybe still are ... but have learned to "partition" better in order to hide intent).


You have simply become enlightened.

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Gerry, Sam didn't make any mention of an unpaid test. 

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You should wait a few days after the job is listed and see how many interviews the client has scheduled before applying. That way you won't have to worry about your time being wasted. 

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