What should you ask a writer before hiring?

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When I have a private message from a writer, I used to ask "what articles have you written before?"

What about you? What are some other questions to ask? and why?
 

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When I have a private message from a writer, I used to ask "what articles have you written before?"

What about you? What are some other questions to ask? and why?
I hired some writers and as my experience then I would ask about their portfolio, price and samples they did. For professional writers, you can be surprised with their price, can upto hundred of dollars for each 1000 word article. :D
 

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A good freelance writer should be able to research and write different kinds of content, but before hiring I would always make sure and ask:

1) Are they comfortable and knowledgeable writing about x? And can they write engaging content on the topic. Try to hire someone that specializes in your market.
2) References: Do they have examples of their work I can read through or references from other customers.
3) Pay rates, do they charge by the hour or by word count and do they include revisions.
4) Time: How long will the article take to complete. Can they meet deadlines?
5)Authorship: Once written do I have full ownership of the content and the rights to edit the content and be sited as the author.

These are just some basic questions I would ask and would not hire on price alone, I would try to find a qualified writer that charges a reasonable price and explain everything I need concerning the content up front. Hopefully the above questions can help.
 

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A good freelance writer should be able to research and write different kinds of content, but before hiring I would always make sure and ask:

1) Are they comfortable and knowledgeable writing about x? And can they write engaging content on the topic. Try to hire someone that specializes in your market.
2) References: Do they have examples of their work I can read through or references from other customers.
3) Pay rates, do they charge by the hour or by word count and do they include revisions.
I agree with you, I asked about their knowledge before hiring a writer, what samples or which they wrote in the past so that I have a look on them.

As I know, some professional writers always offer high price but it is suitable because they provide quality posts/content.
4) Time: How long will the article take to complete. Can they meet deadlines?
This always is my first requirement because I don't want to wait too long or over deadlines.

5)Authorship: Once written do I have full ownership of the content and the rights to edit the content and be sited as the author.

These are just some basic questions I would ask and would not hire on price alone, I would try to find a qualified writer that charges a reasonable price and explain everything I need concerning the content up front. Hopefully the above questions can help.
I didn't ask about Authorship but seem almost writers will accept you to edit their content if needed, right?
 

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When I have a private message from a writer, I used to ask "what articles have you written before?"

What about you? What are some other questions to ask? and why?
Normally you ask for their experience, samples of work done for different companies, referrals if any to check background.

I would be most concerned about is their passion for writing and duration by which writing an article can be done and if unfamiliar with topic, manner by which they accumulate information. I would like to know if this is just a side income for him or a full-time career and his present workload.

Sometimes, it pays to get a newbie to do the job as long as his sample works are promising and he shows eagerness to do the work in a much shorter time and at much less a fee. The first five minutes of the interview will already give you the impression if both of you share the same work ethics, values or style of writing.
 

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If you are to hire a writer you need to know his or her credibility and ability. These could be attain by asking question or providing evidences. You could ask about the past engagements or experiences with the same or different subject. The length and mastery on the current subject is needed to. You could ask for samples or evidences of his previous projects to made sure that he or she is legit. If you are still doubting that the samples are fake, made him or her write with the topic you provided. If the quality as a writer is properly defended you should next ask and negotiate for the pricing and deadlines.
 

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Interviewing a writer needs time in order for the company to avoid a phony one.

The most common thing you can ask for a writer are their works or portfolios for you to know how they write. You can also ask how long are they in this job as a writer. The applicant may tell you their expected salaries to show how deserving they are for the job. You can also ask what was the last book they have read and how they react on it. By knowing their feedback expresses their creativity on how they are thinking logically. What are their inspiration in writing? How are they motivated? From these questions you will know how passionate they in their craft. Referrals from other companies or professional authors will also be helpful in deliberating their credibility.
 
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