Interviewing and Evaluating Freelancers

Herein is an extensive list of questions that the author recommends be asked of freelancers prior to contracting. Good advice for those who hire us freelancers, and good for us freelancers to prepare for.

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 - Al

From SHRM:

"Depending on the types of projects you need completed... give ample thought to the vetting process to define and determine who might best meet your project-specific needs on a finite, short-term basis.

"Some of the critical areas you'll want to touch on include..."

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2 thoughts on “Interviewing and Evaluating Freelancers”

  1. Al,

    This is very timely information as we are looking through the Upwork website for a designer of PowerPoint presentations that is US based and marketing savvy. The price/hour we are seeing ranges from $10 to $100 and the website doesn’t make it clear what parameters influence the price differentials. Since it’s an open marketplace, every buyer has to look through the profiles and glean what those price dependent variables are. For example, the biggest one is probably location since off-shore resources (or those where English is their second language) tend to have the lowest rates. However, some resources in, for example, India have English as their first language and have experience working for major US multinationals even though they are based in a city on the Indian subcontinent. The second one is probably a published portfolio because it takes time to amass a body of work and that tends to increase the price point expected by the freelancer. The third most important dimension is probably their track record of relevant projects (which can be categorized and is usually keyword driven). If they have demonstrated expertise in a certain area (i.e., they are a specialist) and they show a string of successfully completed projects in that specialty, then the pricing tends to go up. A corollary to this is the strength of their LinkedIn profile (which is not always visible because Upwork works on a first name, last name initial basis).

    What’s your perspective?

    1. I think you’ve stated the pricing variables extremely well, esp. that part where there’s no way to really tell how the freelancer arrived at his or her asking price.

      I suppose in this scenario you’d have to hone in first on the other criteria (experience w/ similar projects, say) and then compare rates between your final candidates.

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