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Old 12-13-2013, 08:23 AM
mcq
 
Location: Memphis, TN
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Personally, I don't think I could justify paying for the trip without some sort of idea that I have a major leg up in getting the job. Just don't have that kind of money to gamble. Do you? Doesn't mean I want the job any less, but I have to be responsible and frugal with my money when it is a bit tight. Everybody's situation is different. Still, it's nice to hear that it did work out for a few, even if they are probably the exceptions rather than the rule.
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Old 12-13-2013, 08:38 AM
 
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Personally, I don't think I could justify paying for the trip without some sort of idea that I have a major leg up in getting the job. Just don't have that kind of money to gamble. Do you? Doesn't mean I want the job any less, but I have to be responsible and frugal with my money when it is a bit tight. Everybody's situation is different. Still, it's nice to hear that it did work out for a few, even if they are probably the exceptions rather than the rule.
I think you basically summed it up well. We all know that we have to invest a little bit in ourselves to pursue work or a career -- that should be understood by anyone who has a bit of ambition. That's why you buy a nice suit or two to wear to an interview. But a suit case be used again and again for different interviews; paying for a flight to get to a job that may not actually materialize is something different. As you said, it's akin to gambling. I think it makes a prospective employer look bad when they're making an applicant gamble money to get a job.
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Old 12-13-2013, 09:50 AM
 
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Maybe it's me but why not use Skype? It's that what it is there for? I can understand traveling in region but unless they compensate for the travel that's a bit of a risk.
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Old 12-13-2013, 10:12 AM
 
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I think it really varies a lot depending on field. In my field, I've twice traveled out of state for an interview at my own expense. Being reimbursed or "recruited" to the point where applicants have expenses paid to travel to an interview happens in some fields, but is unheard of in others--the latter is usually the case when there are plenty of applicants and the work isn't all that specialized... i.e. it makes sense for a software developer with unusual, sought-after skills, makes no sense for a clerical worker, teacher, or someone else where you could pass on that person and easily have 5 (or more) other applicants who are just as good.
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Old 12-13-2013, 12:17 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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Having been burned by something like this, I'd proceed with extreme caution. I once made a 15-hour round trip drive, put myself up in a hotel, and prepared a formal presentation for a job interview. But it tuned out they already had chosen their person and just wanted to pick my brain, asking me a zillion questions about the job I had at that time.

Having had that experience, I would ask much more pointed questions this time around. Some examples: what would the start date of this job be, how many other candidates are being considered, and WHY are they unwilling or unable to pay the expenses of someone they're really interested in? If they hem and haw and you don't get legit and respectful answers to those valid questions, they're likely on a fishing expedition.
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Couldn't agree with this more... I've wasted my time & money more than once... If someone is serious about you they will pay your ticket, reimburse gas, lodging etc....
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Old 12-13-2013, 12:24 PM
 
Location: All Over
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Generally only for very specific skills or high level jobs will they pay to fly you out let alone for moving you if you did get the job. Many companies don't want to interview out of staters because have a lot more hurdles in the way of getting and starting the job. That said if they are interested in interviewing you and are wanting you to come out I would guess they are interested and you have a good chance at the job,its up to you if its worth the $300 to maybe get the job as there are no gurantees.
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Old 12-13-2013, 02:35 PM
 
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Thank you all for your replies, they were very helpful! The company that I was referring to is a mid sized general contractor in Denver, 50-70 million a year in work. I imagine they could afford to fly me out there. I am in Boise, ID. I will reply to the manager asking if they will cover any sort of expenses.
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Old 12-13-2013, 02:49 PM
 
Location: Corona the I.E.
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Thank you all for your replies, they were very helpful! The company that I was referring to is a mid sized general contractor in Denver, 50-70 million a year in work. I imagine they could afford to fly me out there. I am in Boise, ID. I will reply to the manager asking if they will cover any sort of expenses.
They definitely have the money.
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Old 12-13-2013, 06:52 PM
 
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Thank you all for your replies, they were very helpful! The company that I was referring to is a mid sized general contractor in Denver, 50-70 million a year in work. I imagine they could afford to fly me out there. I am in Boise, ID. I will reply to the manager asking if they will cover any sort of expenses.
Yeah, I guess my final thought on this is that while I'm not a really pushy person and it goes against my nature to ask for compensation in a situation like this, having been through this experience once and not liking the result, I'd at least ask for half of expenses. My guess is few people would get 100 percent comped unless they are to their field what Nick Saban is to college football coaching - and most of us just aren't. But half is fair. You're showing them you're serious; they're showing you their serious. No hard feelings if the interview doesn't go well for whatever reason.
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Old 12-14-2013, 12:02 PM
 
Location: Western Washington
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Yeah, I guess my final thought on this is that while I'm not a really pushy person and it goes against my nature to ask for compensation in a situation like this, having been through this experience once and not liking the result, I'd at least ask for half of expenses. My guess is few people would get 100 percent comped unless they are to their field what Nick Saban is to college football coaching - and most of us just aren't. But half is fair. You're showing them you're serious; they're showing you their serious. No hard feelings if the interview doesn't go well for whatever reason.
Countering that, I have never heard of paying 1/2. Travel is a recruiting expense, if we feel we need to recruit nationally we will pay the necessary costs.

I would always hold out for a comprehensive travel package including airfare, hotel, and taxi/airport shuttle. Meals/per diem are the only portion I would consider picking up on my own.
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