August 11, 2015 by Stephen Bentley
“Do you beat your wife?”
Just like many actors I am ‘resting between gigs’! I am not an actor. I write. In my case that really means I keep on looking for paid writing work!
There are places on the internet where you can get hired as a freelancer. That’s good. But what I find frustrating is some of the inane questions that hirers ask you to answer when submitting an application.
This is a classic example and how I replied…..
Are you reliable and trustworthy? Can you be available to write daily and deliver projects on time?
I would be delighted to deliver articles to you on a daily basis. I am now retired to the Philippines and have the time to devote to my writing and your project…………
It is an interesting question! How many applicants are going to say ” No I am not reliable and I am definitely not trustworthy”!
It is a little like asking a man “do you beat your wife?”. Life tells us that 99.999% of men would answer that in the negative and with indignation.
However the answer is not necessarily the truth.
But yes, I am reliable and trustworthy.
Is the first question inane? Or designed to test your qualities as a writer?
What do you think?