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Old 01-27-2014, 09:32 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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Of the half-dozen or so hires I have made recently only two candidates were not local. One was in Spokane, a 5 hour drive. She scheduled an interview but never showed up or even called. We picked one of the other 100 or so applicants.

Another was in Holland, interviewed over the phone, and was planning to move back but not until a month after we wanted to fill the position. This one was more specialized with only 11 qualified applicants, we picked a local one. The person in Holland was 3rd best based on the interview so the start time or whether she actually would move was not an issue.
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Old 01-27-2014, 10:04 PM
 
Location: SC
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They think that anyone who is not local and is applying for a full-time job will want relocation assistance.

If it is a contract job, they think the candidate will want too much in expenses and they don't want the irs hassles. Also, they don't want someone who arrives late every Monday and leaves early every Friday because they have to catch a plane/drive out of town.
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Old 01-27-2014, 10:10 PM
 
Location: MN
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Do you think it makes a difference is the out of state candidate is going to be moving to the locale soon? A lot of people have spouses who end up with jobs out of state and are going to make a permanent move.
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Old 01-28-2014, 06:37 PM
 
Location: SC
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I am a 6-12 month contractor so I change jobs about once every year. I totally ignore that they only want locals and send my resume anyway. If they are interested (because they can't find someone else), great. If they are not interested, I have lost nothing.
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Old 01-28-2014, 06:40 PM
 
Location: southern california
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lawyer stuff, bek if you apply from out of state, and i reject you, i have caused you irreversible trauma and financial ruin by my decision and have mislead you about the job.
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Old 01-28-2014, 06:52 PM
 
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I think a lot of time they are hesitant unless it is some kind of great position. By moving a great distance, you are fundamentally changing your life just for that job. If its just some run of the mill, 50k a year kind of job, they may be hesitant on several levels. What if the job doesn't work out and they need to terminate you? That kind of thing will affect your life a lot more then someone local. On top of all the logistical implications.
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