Interview and Negotiate with a Freelancer

Finding the right person for your job is the key to a successful contract, and interviewing before you hire can save you time and money down the road.

To begin an interview message thread with an applicant:

  1. Click the Jobs tab. Locate the job you want in your Open Jobs and click View Applicants in the Actions menu.
  2. Click the Send Message button to contact the freelancer.

Once you complete this process, the applicant is moved automatically to your Messaged section for further review. Your message thread will embed in the proposal view.

From this point, you can continue communicating through Upwork Messages or exchange contact information and take the interview to another medium, such as email, chat, or telephone.

This is your opportunity to decide if it’s the right match and negotiate the terms of the contract before making an offer to the freelancer.


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