I have received an invitation for interview, but when I go into proposals and try to accept or decline, it only comes up with 1 active candidacy, but in the section with invitation to interview it shows 0 (zero). So I am unable to accept or respond.
What does come up in the message section is how to contact by setting up an yahoo IM account or google hang out and the time to contact if still interested, but not how to accept or decline. In fact when I tried to ask a question, it came back to the UPWork site.
I checked out the company, it seemed reputable, but I have gone through unsuccessfully before.
This invitation is a scam!!! They will ask you to do that and then offer to send you a check (against ToS) for equipment. If you look at the top of this forum you will see a "Job Warning Signs" thread. Please read it as it will help you get familiar with the most common scams which you will get a lot of since you are new.
Hang in there. Once you get a couple of projects under your belt, these will pretty much quit.
If you have any questions please come back and ask.
If a client mentions Google Hangouts, it's a scam. That's where all the scammers are and where they direct you to because Upwork can't monitor any communication that goes on there.
As for checking out a company, there is NO need to do that. It's easy for someone to say they work XXX and if y ou google that company's name, it does exist. Try it.... I work for Sandvik Steel in the U.S. If you google that, the company does exist. But I don't work for it.