Very very new to upwork here.
Still trying to figure out the knobs and everything here.
I hope someone can help advise on this
I've recently submitted a proposal.
On the right of the screen, I see this
Activity for this job
"Interview" just means that the client has responded to your proposal. It could be a lengthy set of follow-up questions or just a note saying that they're narrowing it down and will get back to you--if they've talked to you at all in response to the proposal, it goes into "interviewing" or "active candidacy" status.
Daphne, getting started on UW requires playing a long game and being both diligent and patient. Think of proposals like messages in bottles. Target each one as well as you can, click 'submit' and forget it unless and until you hear from the client. You won't hear, unless they short-list you. I've been here for 18 months, spent all of my connects each month for the first six, and still submit several proposals a week. In all of that time, I've had exactly two clients ping me to say thanks but they were going another way. (The first time it happened, I was almost as thrilled as if I'd landed the darned project!) For all of the others, I either get interviewed (which can be a one-sentence message) and, sometimes, hired, or just hearcrickets.
Dig in and keep going.