Before the interview, make sure to have clearly defined what type of position you’re hiring for and what’s important to you.
This is going to be helpful to both you AND the freelancer:
It helps you because then you’ll know what questions to ask, what is important for this position, and if they can achieve it.
It’s also good for the candidate because they can answer appropriately based on what they know is expected of them.
Prepare by defining the role the bet you can before going into the interview.
By preparing your questions ahead of time, you’ll know exactly what to cover when you jump on the live call.
Without this, you might just wing it and forget to ask important questions!
After recapping the role, give them an opportunity to clarify anything they need to know about what they are interviewing for.
This makes sure that they are perfectly able to craft their responses appropriately.
What do other people say about working with you?
Be honest and provide positive examples of how you work with others. With this question, it would be useful to have a few recommendations from prior clients or other freelancers you have worked with in the past.
Can you perform well on the project?
If the answer is “no,” then perhaps it would be better to part ways sooner rather than later. However, if you know that you can perform well on the project, tell them how and give specific examples of how you have performed on similar projects in the past.
Can I see work samples?
Always be prepared with a portfolio of your best and most relevant work for each specific project. When you show the work samples, consider providing additional ideas of how you could do something differently that would be better suited for the project.
What is the benefit of the project?
For the most part, the client knows what the benefit is. However, they want to see if you know and if you can meet the project demands. Tell them truthfully what the benefits are and show them how you can make each one a reality.
Are you able to meet the deadline?
If a client is asking if you can meet the deadline, the project is probably pretty time sensitive. Answer clearly with a “yes” or a “no,” and provide reasons as to why you can or cannot meet the deadline.
What is your working process?
Clients are interested in freelancers who have a work process that is both effective and efficient. Without a process, it is easy for clients to assume that a freelancer is unorganized and will not meet the needs of the project. Define your work processes as best you can to the potential client, and let them know you are confident enough to make decisions but also understand when questions need to be asked.
So where to from here then?
Whether you are new to freelancing or well established, being prepared for the interview is essential. Rather than focusing on your past experiences, be prepared to pitch yourself to the potential client and show what you can do for them. Before the interview, make sure you research the company and learn as much as you can about the project. This information will help guide you in how to answer the freelance job interview questions, as well as the type of work samples you will need to have handy.
A freelance job interview is a bit different than an employee-based interview because freelancers are ultimately trying to sell their services, not their experience. Because of this difference, freelance job interview questions to prepare for will focus more heavily on the quality of work and the ability to meet deadlines. If you are looking to meet with clients soon, here are a few of the most common freelance job interview questions.
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