(December 14, 2012)
Give a job opening some time and the applicants will come. Three more applicants have applied and I will take some time to check each of them quickly.
Roman from Bangladesh has a solid profile. He is asking for $1.23 per hour. These numbers come from the fact that oDesk takes 10% cut of all payments. So after oDesk fee, the payment is actually $1.11 per hour.
So if you want to penny pinch, you need to exactly tell what hourly rate you are able to pay after or before oDesk fee. The rest of his profile is actually really solid and if anything I would only think he might be ‘Over Qualified’. So he is a good candidate.
Abdul from Bangladesh is surprising me a little bit. He proposes a rate of $0.40/hr. He also tells me that he has German knowledge. This combination really surprises me.
Also he has already worked 830 hours of work on oDesk, why would Abdul apply for such a low hourly rate. I am really surprised about it.
His work history was showing that he has already worked several jobs at a similar price. If I have would hire him, it would only be to make a big case study and asking him why he is working at these extremely low payments. He also has a great feedback and a lot of hours worked as well.
What’s the secret behind Abdul? (In the end, I rejected his overly low offer.)
Another provider is Jomu and she is also from Bangladesh. Depending on the time you post your job posting, people from different countries are more likely to find the same job opening.
If you really want to target a certain country, you can do so in the job posting or also by posting it at specific hours in time. Jomu’s application letter also passed most of the qualifications. The only thing was she did not pass the test.
So from this point of view, we would have to eliminate her for not reading the job description closely enough.
Only a few hours after the job posting, we already have five applicants and three of them would be qualified for the job.
It’s time to get into the choosing.