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Testing phase in the Interview

maborak
Active Member
Wilmer A Member Since: May 14, 2018
1 of 12

Hello Community, I would like to ask you if "testing skills" is valid in the interview process.

 

I have applied for a job and I received:

 

Job description:

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**Edited for Community Guidelines**

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Chat reply:

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**Edited for Community Guidelines**

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Well, I did the 'introduction task' and send it to customer but after that. Customer is gone.

So, my question is: Are these type of 'tests' valid in Upwork? or should I report/ignore  in the future?

 

Thank you.

 

 

gilbert-phyllis
Community Guru
Phyllis G Member Since: Sep 8, 2016
2 of 12

You gave away the work for free. Don't do that -- you cheat yourself while training bottom-feeding clients to expect it. If a client needs a sample of your work beyond what you offer in your profile, have them set up a small test contract and pay you for it. It is a ToS violation for clients to ask for free work, as that one did, so in the future you can and should report any that do. And do yourself a favor by spending more time familiarizing yourself with how the platform works and how to work safely and profitably here. Good luck!

maborak
Active Member
Wilmer A Member Since: May 14, 2018
3 of 12

Thank you for your suggestions, i will do that in the future.

gina-herrera
Community Guru
Gina H Member Since: Aug 10, 2020
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4 of 12

Rookie mistake, always tell them no unless you are being compensated - if they want to test you, they need to pay you an hourly rate.

 

You should definitely report them, but in general if someone asks for free work, even to "test your skills", it is a HUGE red flag. Not to mention investing that type of time in it just cost you time you could be applying to non-scumbag posters that actually have a sense of ethics and will pay you properly.

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djondinium
Moderator
Aleksandar D Moderator Member Since: Mar 23, 2019
5 of 12

Hi Wilmer,

 

I'm sorry to hear about what happened. It's important to note that you should never start working without an active contract, which would show on your My Jobs page.

 

I sent the report to our team for investigation and appropriate actions will be taken according to our internal processes.

 

Please check out this post for more tips on how to avoid questionable jobs and use the flag option found on each job post or message anytime you’d like to report a violation.

 

Thank you.

~ Aleksandar
Upwork
ch_da
Active Member
Chaissy D Member Since: Feb 28, 2020
6 of 12

Hi,

I am in a similar situation. I have been asked to test as part of 4 level of interview process.. Had a brief intro by HR and then recieved an assignment which i am supposed to finish ,based on which i will be informed if i cleared this level and then would have the next round of interview.  How do i approach/handle this , 

gina-herrera
Community Guru
Gina H Member Since: Aug 10, 2020
7 of 12

Chaissy D wrote:

Hi,

I am in a similar situation. I have been asked to test as part of 4 level of interview process.. Had a brief intro by HR and then recieved an assignment which i am supposed to finish ,based on which i will be informed if i cleared this level and then would have the next round of interview.  How do i approach/handle this , 


If they aren't paying you they are scamming you.

ch_da
Active Member
Chaissy D Member Since: Feb 28, 2020
8 of 12

Oh..Thanks for the heads up

prestonhunter
Community Guru
Preston H Member Since: Nov 24, 2014
9 of 12

Chaissy:
Here's something to think about:

 

If YOU were the client, or a project manager working on a large project, and you wanted freelancers to go through a four-part interview process AND do test work so that you can better evaluate them, what would YOU do?

 

I am sure that YOU would want the freelancers to be compensated for their time. I am sure that YOU would set up hourly contracts so that freelancers can log the time participating in the lengthy process of interviewing them and testing their skills. You would do this partially because it is the right and moral thing to do, and partially because you know that it is a violation of Upwork ToS for clients to ask freelancers to work for free.

 

But ALSO, you would do this because you want to obtain the best results for your project, whether it is a project you personally own, or a project you are working for as a manager. You would know that you can't get the best freelancers recruited to your project if you are simply trying to trick people into work for free for you. Ultimately, it will save you time and money to hire high-quality freelancers to actually do work that you pay them to do, rather than trying to trick large numbers of random desperate people to work for you for free.

deborah-ponzio
Community Leader
Deborah P Member Since: Nov 24, 2019
10 of 12

I wonder: wouldn't a paid test be a risky business as well? What happens if you fail to be the candidate of choice? Negative feedback on the contract? 

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