I am new to Upwork and have had 2 interviews via google hangout where both interviewers asked for my address, bank name, phone number, and e-mail. I was uneasy about their processes, but I am new so I don't know what is legit. Both offered pay outside of Upwork and way more than my rate. Do employers get screened like freelancers do before posting work? I am trying to decipher how to tell when an offer is legit.
Thanks for your help.
Angela, here are some red flags to look out for and flag:
Interview on Google Hangouts or Facebook
Not paying through Upwork
Requiring you to spend money in some way to work for them; Sending you a check for equipment or whatever
Requesting personal information - Upwork already has it, the client doesn't need it
Offering benefits like insurance, etc. Freelancers do NOT get benefits ever.
Using the name of a well known company and sometimes an actual employee of that company
Upaid tests, unpaid samples
Looking to hire dozens of freelancers
Be sure that your profile doesn't say that you are new to Upwork - they pick up on that really quickly.
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