Hello! I am very NEW in Upwork and hopefuly, gaining my 1st project/job soon. I have just been invited for an INTERVIEW but the message from the CLIENT says I should check the JOB POST and APPLY?
Does applying mean I will have to send them a cover letter/proposal for the job? There will be NO deductions from my CONNECTS -- is that correct?
For the schedule of the interview --- the Freelancer usually should adapt/adjust to the client's TIMEZONE - is this the practice? I am from the Philippines, my client is from Australia. I know they are 4 hours ahead of us.
Looking forward to your feedback. Any help/advise will be much appreciated.
I've checked and you should have submitted the proposal at the same time as you accepted the invite. This way, only the line you included in your cover letter and the rate you set will be visible on the client's end. Your client did respond back in the message room in this case but note that accepting the invite means the interview process has began, and you should discuss the contract terms with the potential client.
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Just to add a bit: I live in Indonesia and I always adjust to my clients' needs when it comes to timezone. Most of my clients come with 5 or more hours of difference, some even are in the areas of 12-15.
Being located in the Eastern part of the world, I am usually ahead than most of them. I often have to stay awake at night, but that's not much a problem for me since I am a night owl.
Of course you always have the choice of whether you'd do the same or not. Probably put a max. limit on timezones - the limit that's still in your comfort range e.g. 3-5 hours ahead/behind you.