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Old 12-13-2013, 12:11 PM
 
Location: Shawnee-on-Delaware, PA
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is there a chance one might say “Ohh, he lives an hour from the office, let’s not interview him.”
Of course there's a chance. Especially if the company has had trouble with employees who live far away and can't get in on time when it snows (if you live in the snow belt).
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Old 12-13-2013, 01:01 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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Of course there's a chance. Especially if the company has had trouble with employees who live far away and can't get in on time when it snows (if you live in the snow belt).
Especially if you already have 20-30 qualified people that live close to interview.
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Old 12-13-2013, 01:20 PM
 
Location: NY
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If your looking to relocate it is going to be extremely tough to get an interview unless you have very high demand skills. Not impossible, but difficult.

Otherwise, if your at a distance but in what is considered to be a reasonable commuting distance, you may be fine.

We have people who drive an hour plus and are reliably here daily. (Compared to some folks who struggle to roll in on time from a half mile away).
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Old 12-13-2013, 01:40 PM
 
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I'm curious how common it is to judge based on a local address. Guessing at race or ethnicity, or stereotyping an area as snooty or trashy. Even guessing current income is a possibility.
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Old 12-13-2013, 01:53 PM
 
Location: Western Washington
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I'm curious how common it is to judge based on a local address. Guessing at race or ethnicity, or stereotyping an area as snooty or trashy. Even guessing current income is a possibility.
I guess you could, although it's not something that I have ever done. Strikes me as being racist and discriminatory.

I would rather judge a person on their work experience and abilities. I don't care if they have an enclosed garage or have a different color skin than mine.
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Old 12-13-2013, 03:59 PM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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It is my job to conduct an efficient and effective job search. There is a correlation between distance and pay, where people cannot sustain commuting on low levels of pay.

If a person wants to relocate to my area, it is their responsibility to let me know in the cover letter.
That's what I'll be doing with my own out-of-state relocation. I don't expect it will be covered by an employer, as I'm not really at the kind of level where that tends to happen (though anything is possible, I suppose). Fortunately, if the right job opportunity comes up in the area where I want to live and the only hurdle on my end is not having saved up enough yet to get an apartment, I have friends who live near that area (within less than an hour's drive) and one or two have offered me crash space if I find myself needing to jump before I'm quite ready.

I've even toyed with the idea that when I start getting ready to even think about sending resumes into that area, I might use the address of one of these friends (with the friend's permission, of course). I already have a Google Voice number with the appropriate area code, and it's set up to route to my cellphone as a second line for incoming and outgoing calls.
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Old 12-13-2013, 07:12 PM
 
Location: In America's Heartland
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Sure they do. They better be paying attention to every single detail. Is it fair? No one said life was fair. Knowing how long it takes someone to drive 8 miles to get to work in our traffic congested area is bad enough. An hour away would translate into... maybe they'll be here by lunch.
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Old 12-13-2013, 07:18 PM
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ive been turned away from positions after being contacted by a HM, they said they went with a local candidate, to me this just meant they were more inclined to hiring someone right away and/or they were really cheap and didnt want to pay for relocation costs.
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Old 12-13-2013, 07:20 PM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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Sure they do. They better be paying attention to every single detail. Is it fair? No one said life was fair. Knowing how long it takes someone to drive 8 miles to get to work in our traffic congested area is bad enough. An hour away would translate into... maybe they'll be here by lunch.
If you have an hour-long commute, you get up early enough to make it on time, and you plan ahead for known traffic issues. I've had a nearly hour-long commute a couple of times, and all I really had to do was plan in advance.
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Old 12-13-2013, 07:54 PM
 
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Actually I can say from experience that travel distance to the site correlates directly with: The number of times the employee is late/stuck in traffic thus causing them to miss meetings, the number of times they just ask to work from home, the list goes on. We have a guy in my office who drives us insane because he lives an hour and a half away and is always late due to traffic.
Funny because I travel further than anyone else in my department and I've been one of the few not singled out for arriving late. I bet that person would be late even if he was close. (From my experience, late people are just late people to everything.)
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