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*** freelancers do not own headsets?

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Marcia M Member Since: Apr 3, 2013
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The only oDesk client I ever had that wanted a voice conversation at interview (phone call) dragged the interview stage out for three weeks, got too much information from me (my stupidity, I admit), used it for his website and didn't hire me. I do Skype calls with clients after they've hired me, but now I know better and keep interviews short and sweet.
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Natacha R Member Since: Aug 2, 2010
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[quote=Shafras Nafais]I love these types of client who likes to have a voice call with contractor. That's where you both party can show how honest they are. I am new to odesk just less than a two months. My first client asked to come for a voice interview and I accept that and done well. Well, i have headsets.. and pretty cool sound quality.. branded Sony. ha... ha... I always like to hear my client's voice.... do any others like this sort of clients.[/quote] I'm fine with voice and chat interviews, what I don't like is video interviews, but if I really want the job then I will agree to use my cam (if it's so important for the client), but just for the interview.
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Fiona M Member Since: Apr 19, 2011
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If its really important to you then go for it but, as a contractor I'm not keen. First of all, my internet connection is a dial up and a bit slow so it's not great for Skype. My main reason, however, is that I've been messed around by two employers before - the first one kept me on Skype for about an hour, talking about the project and seeing if I had a "feel" for it. He then said I was ideal, hired me and never sent the work through. Another time the employer insisted on a voice interview and, because of the time zone difference, I got up at 4:00 in the morning only to find that they weren't even online - they then wanted to reschedule for the next day so, like a fool, I got up early again - they were a no show again. Personally both of these experiences were a waste of my time - If you are employing me for my written work, why won't samples and my rating suffice? Or communication by email/ Odesk? Anyhow, I guess it is up to each individual to decide whether to ask for the interview and whether or not to take up the offer on that basis.
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Marcia M Member Since: Apr 3, 2013
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Sorry. I forgot one other client who wanted a Skype interview. He was a no show but contacted me a couple of weeks later to say he was traveling then hired me without using Skype.
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Aina S Member Since: Jun 18, 2011
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Hi MS. Natalia, I think some contractors arent comfortable with voice interview(maybe theyre not confident enough to do this) but it doesnt mean that they're not good contractors. Most of my clients, specially in data entry line, dont ask for voice interview only chat as long as they can talk to me conviniently in skype via chat theyre okay on it. Merry Christmas! Best Regards, Aina
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Natacha R Member Since: Aug 2, 2010
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[quote=Natalia U.]Should I just ignore the applicants that ask for that or should I make adjustments? [/quote] Poor English or slow internet. This is the first thing that comes to mind.
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Ivailo A Member Since: Aug 13, 2012
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Having a microphone is a must for a freelancer. Some prefer not to show themselves with a video chat and you should respect that but if a freelancer declines a voice chat with the excuse of not having a microphone, you should think twice before hiring.
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Joseph O Member Since: Feb 4, 2009
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I like chat interviews better than voice interviews because you can document what both of you said. It's just for reference really... When things arise that would need documentation...
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Marcia M Member Since: Apr 3, 2013
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Why is a microphone a must? If you are building a website, writing or designing graphics, who cares what you sound like?
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Stefan C Member Since: Nov 1, 2011
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Because today no mic, tomorrow no keyboard, the day after no monitor.. and that`s how you end up chatting via smoke signals.. and that`s really, really bad for the environment - isn`t it obvious? (:
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