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Old 07-28-2010, 02:48 PM
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I am going to relocate to Miami, FL from New Orleans, LA come early September to help care for my sickly mother who is located down there. I have been hitting the job apps like crazy. I'm pretty confident in my work experience and skills, so I'm pretty sure something will come up, but I am just worried if they absolutely insist on meeting in person for the interview. I will not actually be physically down in South Florida until September 2nd and by then I will be looking to start work/work orientation immediately. So my question is, do jobs usually have a problem doing the interview process 100% over the phone? Is it going to hurt my chances of getting the job? How likely is it, especially these days, that company's are willing to go through the phone interview process, and hire phone interviewed wannabe-employees?

Thanks for your time. Appreciate the responses.
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Old 07-28-2010, 03:11 PM
Location: Buffalo, trying to leave
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I have been given a verbal offer by phone, but they needed me to go in person as a formality. When I saw the place I figured out why they were willing to do this (hire by phone) - It was a total dump, and I bet it's closed already.

Your best bet is to ask for your interviews to start ASAP, after Sept. 2.

I will tell you though, it's a buyer's market. Companies get lots of applications very quickly for each job, so they may want you sooner than that. Being in the metro should help alot, especially if you can establish contacts quickly (through your church, friends, social things),
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Old 07-28-2010, 03:16 PM
Location: Somewhere over the Rainbow
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Employers prefer to do in person interviews as well as phone interviews. HR usually does the phone interviews and then if you "pass" they'll forward your resume to the hiring manager. And of course they need to know if you "fit the company's culture" they'll want to meet you in person. You are on the right track keep sending out your resume and applying for jobs. Company's are taking so long to call potential candidates, interview them, and offer them the job that it's unreal. Sadly professionalism is becoming a thing of the past.
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Old 07-28-2010, 04:11 PM
Location: Camberville
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Definitely include in your cover letter why you want to move to Miami and when you will be there. I am trying to go back to Boston (where I recently graduated from college) from Atlanta so I am quite clear about the realities of travel.

I typically include an offer of doing a phone or Skype interview because I don't have $500+ to blow for a same week flights. Some employers are willing to wait a little. For instance, I scheduled an in-person interview 2 weeks in advance for a nonprofit because we hit it off and that was the earliest I could get there. However, I also offered to do other forms of interviews in the mean time to help move the process along.
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Old 07-29-2010, 06:02 PM
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Thanks for the replies guys. In fact, I actually received a call from Miami today! It was the Hyatt Summerfield Sweets Hotel located at the Miami Airport. It was a position available for a desk clerk, but unfortunately, like one poster had said, they would have wanted me to start very soon, in about two weeks, but I couldn't do that because my apartment lease in Louisiana doesn't end till August, 31. Luckily, they didn't shoot down the idea of a phone interview though when I asked, it was just the time they needed me that stopped me.

Anyways, judging from research, most companies seem to do phone interviews only to see if they wish to meet the interviewee in person. However, I was just wondering if it possible to do the whole interview cycle 100% over the phone and began work/orientation as soon as I were get to Miami. I don't want to move to Miami in that economic climate just solely based on an interview or two, without a job being 100% secured first. And I don't have the time or money to take leave at work and fly down there on a whim just do the interview(s). I know I'm kinda repeating myself, but if someone can confirm or deny the possibility of securing a job 100% solely through the telephone, that would be great. Thanks again!
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Old 07-29-2010, 06:55 PM
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Yes, it does happen.
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