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Red Flags

sarahvermette
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Sarah V Member Since: Jan 26, 2021
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Hi there, I'm new to upwork. I was just invited for a chat and for some reason it's giving me a strange feeling. Is it a red flag if someone is payment unverified AND has done 14 interviews in the past day? I have read the threads here on how payment unverified is not a red flag on its own.

 

Sarah

prestonhunter
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Preston H Member Since: Nov 24, 2014
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I don't care about payment verified status during the interview period. Just make sure the client is payment verified before you start working.

 

14 interviews with no hires?

 

Maybe that is because he hasn't interviewed you yet.

 

If you were invited out of the blue for a job you didn't apply to, and you are new, then this is almost certainly a scammer. But you may as well get your first interview with a scammer over with, so you can learn from the experience.

gina-herrera
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Gina H Member Since: Aug 10, 2020
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Preston H wrote:

 

14 interviews with no hires?

 

Maybe that is because he hasn't interviewed you yet.


^ Since I am in a creative field, I usually decline anything with over 10 interviews because that either means they have no taste (it's improbable that even 10 out of 10 to 50 applications would be not only qualified, but also aesthetically a match portfolio-wise) or they are price shopping, which I don't participate in.

 

However, I usually check the ratio of interviews to invites - if someone sends 20 invites, as soon as someone responds with a proposal, they are considered being "interviewed" by the system, even if their proposal ends up not being suitable or a good match for the client. So in theory it could say they are conducting a lot of interviews even if they decided some of their invited freelancers weren't going to make the cut. I wouldn't necessarily say it's a red flag though, just depends on preferences. I filter out potential mismatches by declining any clients who don't seem very set on working with me and only me, for more reasons than price - so of course I don't wish to work with people sending out too many invites.

petra_r
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Petra R Member Since: Aug 3, 2011
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Sarah V wrote:

 Is it a red flag if someone is payment unverified AND has done 14 interviews in the past day? I have read the threads here on how payment unverified is not a red flag on its own.


US based newbies are the prime target of scammers. So far there are no red flags, but as soon as the client wants to take the communication off the platform (you are no allowed to communicate outside the platform until there is a contract in place) it starts getting dodgy, and if they want to send you a check, you know it's the good old fake check scam.

wlyonsatl
Community Guru
Will L Member Since: Jul 9, 2015
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Sarah V.,

 

In all my proposals to prospective clients whose payment method is not yet confirmed I include the following sentence:

 

"I can begin work on your project as soon as Upwork confirms your payment method."

 

I get 5 or 6 invitations per day from prospective clients. There are various reasons I decline many of these invitations, but not having their payment method approved yet is not one of them. That is easily fixed by an honest client and Upwork keeps track of payment methods throughout the life of every contract.


Good luck!

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