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Those Invites - or - Inquiring Mind Wants To Know

mickenpa
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Michele P Member Since: Mar 2, 2016
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Me again looking for an answer

 

Here's my problem

I have received several Invites to interview for jobs

Except for 2 the others have all eventually asked to move the "interview" to either yahoo or google chat

 

Now I have also found in postings that if you decline too many of these "invites" it hurts you as your profile will not be brought up when a real client does a search (like the two possible jobs I currently have pending from invites)

 

Last night I spent an hour - yes - an hour on google chat with an "interview" - didn't have much going on so it was an hour playing a game in a way for me

At the end they told me I would need several specialized software that I would need to get from their approved 3rd party vendor - yes they would be sending a check to cover the cost but course not buying the software and not holding my breath for a check either

 

SO to make a short question long

How do you check an invite to see if its a valid client?

Does declineing an interview really affect your profile being pulled up when a REAL client does a search?

 

Thanks - M

 

lysis10
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Jennifer M Member Since: May 17, 2015
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You'll get the check. It will bounce though. Yahoo is always a scam. I've had people meet on Hangouts, but gchat is certainly a scam. Hangouts is usually a scam.

 

Declining doesn't hurt you. If you are new, I would stick to the marketplace for "real" gigs. Invites are good but when you are new, there are a lot of scammers. 

 

If you think the job looks legit, accept the interview but ignore if they try to take it offline to yahoo or gchat. 

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oquintela
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Olga Q Member Since: Sep 5, 2012
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@Michele P wrote:

 

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Now I have also found in postings that if you decline too many of these "invites" it hurts you as your profile will not be brought up when a real client does a search (like the two possible jobs I currently have pending from invites)

 

 

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 I decline 98% of invites; I receive an average of 20/month - in other words, I don't see a decline in invites although I decline the vast majority.

stephenbrightman
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Stephen B Member Since: Dec 4, 2012
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Who knows what goes on behind the scenes at Upwork really, and nobody can really answer your question; but to my understanding, declining invitations has no affect on you - only ignoring them does (lessens your availability rating.) So declining them is better than ignoring them.

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