Five Tips For Hiring Your Next Freelancer Faster.e_darrellj | Nov 13, 2013
Faster is cool. Faster is in fashion. Faster is the talk of the town.
Faster is what we all shoot for (although when browsing YouTube, notice that most people shouldn’t go faster when strapped to wheels – ouch!).
But in the business world, faster is better. Period. That’s why we want to help you reach your hiring goals faster. Here are some tips on reducing the time it takes to get your next project started.
1. Send Out Job Invitations.
Posting your job is a great way to get the ball rolling, but you don’t have to stop there. Take a few extra minutes to invite qualified freelancers to submit their proposals.
How to find them? A great place to start is with our recommended freelancers. Thanks to some number-crunching we do behind the scenes, during your posting you’ll see next steps for viewing freelancers that match your needs.
You can also use the Elance search bar to find qualified freelancers on your own. Just type in the job title or skill needed (be sure to toggle to “Freelancers”). On the left side of your results page, you can also narrow results by choosing from a host of options – from Work Types and Tested Skills to Location, Hourly Rate and more.
2. Use Multiple Paths to Interview Your Candidates.
The Elance Private Message Board (our email tool) gives you an efficient way to correspond with freelancers. However, if you want to more-quickly get an idea for the job a person can do, there’s no substitute for direct human contact.
If the freelancer agrees, you can Skype them to ask real-time questions and even host a quick video conference (through Elance) with the candidate.
When you communicate openly, you get a better idea (sooner) of what the candidate can do and how they will approach your project. You can also use your project Workroom to document key decisions.
3. Invite Freelancers From Our Pre-Screened Elance Groups.
Elance Groups are where you’ll find pre-qualified candidates en mass, each with specific skills.
For example, if you’re looking for freelancers to tackle a mobile application job, invite members of our iPhone Development Experts group or Android Development Experts group. We have a world of Groups (with more being added often), from technical and creative skills to attorneys, architects, CPAs and more. It’s an A-to-Z in skillsets (literally, from Adobe Flash Developers to Zoho Creator Experts).
Elance Groups are a great way to cut-to-the-chase and find cutting-edge professionals.
4. Open an Hourly Job.
Hourly jobs have a distinct advantage over Fixed Price jobs when it comes to ramp-up time.
When you have a complex job or long-term project and aren’t quite ready to nail-down all the details, you can simply open an Hourly job and start working in minutes. You can still use milestones to create check points for the job, and modify the hours later if you want to keep it as an on-going relationship.
When an ideal candidate jumps off the page at you, and is ready to start working, just set up an Hourly project and get up-and-running that day.
5. Quickly Test-Out 2 or 3 Top Candidates.
Another tactic that many of our successful customers use to speed up their decision making is to test-out 2 or 3 online freelancers.
When you find multiple candidates that look great (and you can’t quickly decide on one single person), narrow your selection to 3 candidates. Set up an hourly job and give them each, for example, a 2 hour job. Chances are a brief project like this will give you a good idea of which person is right for the long-haul.
Then simply thank the others for their hard work, and ramp-up full throttle with the winner.
Does This Help? We Hope So.
That’s a lot of information to absorb, but reading a few insightful hints can save you considerable time when you’re hiring your next freelancer. Time well invested. Now post your job and put some of these tips to work for you.