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3 interview preparation tips for freelancers

3 Interview Preparation Tips for Freelancers
Andy. Stone
Andy. Stone
October 26, 2020
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With tight deadlines and a busy schedule, sometimes the thought of conducting an interview with someone can be overwhelming, especially if you don’t have someone to help. It can be a stressful and nerve wracking process for both you and the freelancer.

To help, we have come up with 3 tips to help you prepare for an interview:

Set expectations

Confirm the interview by giving key details like the date and time, whether it is face to face or online, over Skype/Zoom, or the phone. Let the freelancer know how long the interview will take and whether they should prepare anything. You can even give them key questions, or set a task, to enable them to prepare in advance. Not only does this help set expectations, this can help make the freelancer feel more comfortable and at ease, making the interview run smoother.  


This may seem simple, but preparation is key.

If the interview is taking place on Skype or online, test your equipment in advance, to ensure everything is working as expected. There is nothing worse than something not working and delaying the interview. This can really throw a freelancer off, as understandably they will be nervous.

Before you ask a freelancer to interview, have you fully reviewed their experience and work history? You need to ensure they are relevant to the job they are applying for as this is about finding the right freelancer to achieve your goals.

Do you understand what you need?

Along with creating a great brief, you need to know what skills / experience you are looking for to fulfil those goals. Familiarise yourself with the brief and what you are trying to achieve. With the skills already detailed, come up with questions that relate to those, as this will help you identify the best person for the job.

Ask yourself, what is the critical need you are trying to fulfil and how will you identify that person? If you are interviewing multiple freelancers, this will help you identify the right one.

Top tip: Make a list of what you want to know and understand about the freelancer. This enables you to construct the questions around those answers to make an informed decision. From this, you can then come up with a simple scoring system to mark the freelancers against as the interview progresses, designing questions or tasks around key characteristics you are looking for. Once you have interviewed everyone, you can tally up the score and make an informed decision.

As part of the YunoJuno service, you have access to the Talent Team. Consisting of industry recruiters, not only can they help you find the perfect freelancer, they can help with the end to end process of writing and posting your brief - all for no extra cost.

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