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Alwyn
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Post Hiring a freelancer to interview an expert.
on: August 12, 2011, 21:21

Greetings Teacher Moe,

I’ve received a new bid on my project, this time from a doctor in Jackson, MS. As for her credentials she says she is a family MD and on her letterhead, under her title, the name of her practice reads, “___Salon and Clinic”. Do I assume that this is legit ? Does it matter ?

She has no prior jobs listed on her profile so no track record. Is this a problem ?

She doesn’t mention anything about having interview skills.

Her language skills appear to be excellent, I haven’t tested her response rate yet.

She says in her bid proposal that she has successfully treated and reversed patients of said health condition. And she knows of other experts who she can interview ( I asked for 2 experts to be interviewed).

In my PD I state, “The successful bidder will first conduct one “test” interview and provide me with the MP3 recording”. How does this work exactly ? My hunch is that this candidate is suitable to at least take this step. What do you think ?

Is the bid price negotiable ? If she states her price, can I make a counter offer, below this price ? Her price, incidentally is $493.15 – is this about right ?

And as for the deliverables, with the finished MP3 recording, I want to be able to easily make a step by step guide out of it so I suppose I state this up front. Yes ?

That’s all for now, thanks so much, Alwyn

Alwyn
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Post Re: Hiring a freelancer to interview an expert.
on: August 16, 2011, 19:46

Hey Moe, are you there ? I posted the above on Friday at 1:21 pm, it’s now Tuesday, 12:44 pm. I hope you can understand my sense of urgency here. Most important is what you mean by a test interview.

Thanks, Alwyn

mmuise
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Post Re: Hiring a freelancer to interview an expert.
on: August 17, 2011, 13:19

Hi Alwyn – sorry for the delay. I check the forum for new posts at least once a day, but for some reason this one didn’t show up when I clicked “Check new posts since last visit”.

Your bidder sounds promising, and if she really is a MD, then her price is fine (qualified professionals will, understandably, charge a higher fee).

Most important is to confirm that this lady is who she says she is. With no feedback on past projects, you’ll have to find another way to confirm her experience. Does she have a website? Another way that you can confirm who she is?

Moe

P.S. It’s good that you’ve asked for a test interview, so you can cut her loose if things don’t work out.

Alwyn
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Post Re: Hiring a freelancer to interview an expert.
on: August 17, 2011, 19:04

Hey Moe, that is strange why my post didn’t show up. I would REALLY appreciate it if you could get back to me, each time, with complete answers, within 24 hours – that would be awesome. The way it is most of the time is I can’t do anything until you get back to me on a question. I’ve been sitting idle on this for the last 5 days.

Now, to my last post – I asked you about the test interview. What is it ? In Module 8a, you don’t talk about it. You only list it on the sample PD. Could you please describe how it works. When do we go ahead with a test interview, etc ?

The next question I asked is about her bid price, is it negotiable ?

And thirdly, do we mention in our PD that we want to make a step by step guide out of this interview and that they should keep this in mind when doing the interview ? Is it the freelancer who interviews the expert’s job to create the step by step guide or is it the job of the next freelancer you hire ?

That’s all, thanks, hope to hear from you pronto,

Got to make up for lost time, Alwyn

mmuise
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Post Re: Hiring a freelancer to interview an expert.
on: August 17, 2011, 19:18

Hi Alwyn – answers to your questions:

(1) The test interview is just as it sounds – you ask the freelancer to do one interview, then submit the MP3 of the interview to you. If you’re satisfied with the quality, then you continue with that freelancer. If not, you find another freelancer.

(2) Negotiability of the bid price: that depends on the freelancer. Have you tried to negotiate?

(3) Step-by-step guide: whether or not you get the interviewing freelancer to also produce the guide is up to you. Are they a good writer, as well as interviewer? You’ll have to ask them.

Regarding my response time, I’ll try my best to get back to you within a reasonable time. But understand that I have other things going on, including other clients to serve. There’s no need for you to “sit idle” waiting for me – there are lots of other things you could be doing.

Moe

Alwyn
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Post Re: Hiring a freelancer to interview an expert.
on: August 17, 2011, 22:58

Hi Moe, thanks for your quick response.

1. Typically would they do the test interview for free ? Regardless of whether or not you decide to continue with them ?

2. Haven’t tried to negotiate.

3. I think what I will do with this is just mention to them that I want to create a step by step guide out of the interview and for them to keep this in mind.

I understand that you have lots of other things going on. I think it is just simply a matter of you somehow “seeing” the new posts.

When you say I could be doing other things I’m not totally clear with this. I feel that if I don’t do this step by step then I get overwhelmed and lost. Any suggestions on getting over this tight grip I have on going step by step ?

Oh and unfortunately I’ve missed out on that doctor I told you about because I took too long to contact her. She now has found another job and will be occupied for a month.

Thanks, Alwyn

Alwyn
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Post Re: Hiring a freelancer to interview an expert.
on: August 18, 2011, 21:06

Hi Moe,

I’ve been doing some thinking and I’ve come to the conclusion that I am playing this game too safe and not taking enough risks. I am having trouble taking action with incomplete information but I now realize that there is never a point when you can see the complete picture and the only way out is to take action regardless.

Regarding point 1 above, you touched on this on July 8th, when you said,

” The “test” interview should be done as part of the overall contract. If you’ve done your due diligence properly in selecting a freelancer, the test interview should turn out okay. If it turns out terribly, you probably haven’t followed my steps to find a good freelancer.”

I still don’t get the “test” part. Would this work – the freelancer gives me the first or test interview back under the condition that I pay her $100, regardless of quality. If it’s good then she does the second interview (I’ve asked for only 2 interviews) and upon completion I pay her the full amount. What do you think, Moe ? A test of something implies free, no obligation, like a test drive of a car. Doing a full interview is of course a lot more work and therefore some remuneration is required.

Point 2 – price of under $500 is fair.

Point 3 – done.

Second to last paragraph, also taken care of now that I had the eureka moment. Being a successful entrepreneur carries with it an inherent high level of risk tolerance.

Talk soon, Alwyn

mmuise
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Posts: 387
Post Re: Hiring a freelancer to interview an expert.
on: August 18, 2011, 22:59

Hi Alwyn – yes, the strategy you outline for the test interview (i.e. partial payment after completion of the test interview, then full payment upon completion) would work.

I completely agree that you need to be taking more risks. I don’t mean to be harsh here, but it seems that you want to understand every possible outcome before implementing (hence the questions you’re asking about the minutiae of every step in the process).

Believe me when I say that you’ll learn a heck of a lot more by implementing rapidly, rather than asking tons of questions here.

Again, I don’t want to sound harsh. I think it’s great that you’re taking action, and you’ve progressed further than many newbies I know. But you need to spend more time actually implementing your business (e.g. writing articles for your site; trying out different SEO tactics; etc.), and less time asking what might happen if you take step X or Y or Z.

Moe

Alwyn
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Post Re: Hiring a freelancer to interview an expert.
on: August 18, 2011, 23:10

Hey Moe, thanks for the feedback – and I didn’t see it as harsh whatsoever !

Alwyn
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Post Re: Hiring a freelancer to interview an expert.
on: August 31, 2011, 22:45

Hi again Moe,

Last week I found a freelancer to interview an expert on Elance, yeah !

She has so far returned 11 potential experts to interview. I have shortlisted them to 4 candidates. One is her personal physician who has helped her reverse her illness (my niche). The second is a famous fitness guru with a TV program broadcast on PBS to 49 million viewers and she has a team of health experts. The third is a guy with a very popular website quite closely related to my niche. The fourth is an MD who works at an affiliate hospital of Mt. Sinai Medical Center.

How to make a decision here ? Any ideas ?

Thanks, Alwyn

An update : My freelancer has just proposed that we go with all of them to get variety. This seems like a good idea to me.

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