Historically, interviews have happened outside the system - when you "interviewed" someone, oDesk just gave you their email address and Yahoo! ID. We left it to you to connect with them, and then come back in the system to make the hire. Not the ideal system:
- Both sides had to divulge their contact information immediately
- Interview communication happened outside the system, leaving no record about what was agreed to
- It was just clunky!
Now, when the buyer clicks "interview", they are prompted to "send a message". The ensuing interview messages are private and take place in the oDesk Message Center - you'll exchange contact info if and when you want to chat or talk via phone.
We hope this will make the interview process easier and safer for all our users. Questions? Comments? Concerns? Please let us know what you think in the forum.