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Laura I Member Since: Apr 7, 2016
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I have a question for all you Upwork veterans: 

 

I submitted a proposal for a position today and the client does have a verified form of payment. I just received an offer, but no interaction with the client prior, such as a brief interview. 

 

I'm wondering if this is something to be suspicious of or if this is something that happens ofthen? 

 

Thanks!

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John K Member Since: Feb 17, 2015
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It may not be common but it's definitely not unheard of. Better this, than the client who wants to interview at great length. Cat Wink

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Lisa F Member Since: Apr 16, 2016
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I just got hired and am in the process of finishing my second contract with the same client. I sent a proposal, got a response and started working the same day and negotiated a second contract. No interview required!

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Mary Janet M Member Since: May 10, 2016
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How did you know it was safe to accept the position and that it was not a scam?  Did they write a detailed proposal, or contact you through upwork before hiring you? 

BTW congratulations! 

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@Laura I wrote:

I have a question for all you Upwork veterans: 

 

I submitted a proposal for a position today and the client does have a verified form of payment. I just received an offer, but no interaction with the client prior, such as a brief interview. 

 

I'm wondering if this is something to be suspicious of or if this is something that happens ofthen? 

 

Thanks!


Do not accept a job offer when the job description is not clear. The client could come along with additional work. And do not start working before the client has verified the payment method and your milestone is funded. 

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Preston H Member Since: Nov 24, 2014
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I often hire people with no interview.

 

But they have all the information they need in the job proposal.

 

And I typically hire using hourly contracts.

 

So there's no risk for the contractor, really. They can click on my hiring history and see what all the contractors I've hired in the past say about me.

 

If I commission artwork, I include a complete description in the job proposal.

 

If I hire a technical specialist to help me with something, such as networking configuration, I describe the details and the people who apply tend to only be those who know exactly what they're doing with the systems and situations involved.

 

I have also hired writers and other types of contractors without doing interviews. I look at profile pages and portfolios. I don't care how people sound on the phone and I don't like wasting their time or mine with chat and messages.

 

There's absolutely no reason to interview people in these and many other situations.

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Preston H Member Since: Nov 24, 2014
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If you feel like the job is something you know how to do, there's not much risk in accepting an hourly contract offer with a positive hiring history and verified payment.

 

They're going to pay you for your time.

 

That time will probably include them providing you with instructions about what they want you to do.

 

Of course you already know that fixed-rate contracts are risky even with an interview, and moreso without an interview, and should only be accepted by contractors who know what they're doing with this more complicated contract type.

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michelle u Member Since: Jun 1, 2010
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Nice sir, I hope someone will hire me with no inteview needed Smiley Wink Im terrifield of speaking in front of the group hehe 

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Brandy H Member Since: Dec 8, 2016
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And you, Sir, just made one socially anxious girl very happy.

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Evelina H Member Since: Jan 29, 2015
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Laura, that had happened to me several times. If I had never had a previous interaction with a client, I wouldn't accept the job straightaway. I always need to have a 'feel' about how we communicate.

 

Sometimes some clients talk sparsely and that's frustrating. I don't want to find that out after I clicked the Agree button.

 

If I receive such an offer, I write them back thanking them for the offer. If I have any questions in regards to it, I wait for their reply. I engage them in a short conversation to get the gist of their attitude towards me. Are they neutral, open, distant, warm or cold...? Do we understand each other quickly or not? These are my own indicators if I may run into trouble later down the road. Yours may be different.

 

But my advice is to talk to them before accepting the job. If there may be some speedbumps in this initial conversation, rest assured they may happen again during the work process.

 

And yes, if the description is all clear, and the job is simple, maybe it's ok.

 

But think about it, you may have to discuss something after you started working. What if the client behaves weirdly and is unreasonable somehow? You can't know. But you would have if you 'screened' them beforehand.

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