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Old 05-21-2014, 04:12 PM
 
Location: Washington State
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A company rep responded to me indicating that he was impressed with my resume, but that his firm did not pay for interview trips. I'm in NJ, and the firm is in Atlanta (just under 900 miles). On short notice, the flight would be at least $800 though I could shop around a little more. I am considering taking the time and driving there and back since I'm not otherwise making much headway with my job search. I have some concerns about this approach, since I have an older car.

I'm posting in case anyone has any insight no how to pull off this trip economically, as I'm not enthused about staking $1K or more on the combination of airfare and hotel costs required by a conventional trip.

Some advantages of the current circumstances that I'm able to exploit include (a) the firm appears to be flexible as to when I can interview, thus leaving the self-driving option open; (b) I am able to spare the time at the moment while still completing my job search requirements for NJ; and (c) I would try to stay in the cheapest motels along the way.

The bus and train schedules I've seen to date all seem to require overnight transit which doesn't work for me (though I will continue to look). Any helpful suggestions appreciated.
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Old 05-21-2014, 04:21 PM
 
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Hi Voyager,

I am really surprised how many companies are asking cash strapped unemployed people to fund their own interviews.

I would still look at cheaper flights. If you drive, you will be EXHAUSTED once you get to the interview, thus making it that much harder to ace the interview.

I would say do what is cheapest but the least amount of stress on you.

PS. Not sure what your skill set is but Amazon pays for EVERYTHING. If you don't mind living in Seattle, you might want to check their website for jobs :-)
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Old 05-21-2014, 04:26 PM
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Location: Phoenix,AZ
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If you're strapped for interview costs, just think how strapped you'll be at moving costs.

You ain't ready to interview in Atlanta.
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Old 05-21-2014, 04:31 PM
 
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Don't know what the pay is, but I find it hard to believe that there are so many jobs offering > $50k with opportunity for pretty quick advancement, yet they can't spare a few thousand to fly in a couple candidates.

But if you're desperate...
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Old 05-21-2014, 04:32 PM
 
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Rent a car....way cheaper than throwing down $800 for a flight.
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Old 05-21-2014, 04:35 PM
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Location: Phoenix,AZ
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Don't know what the pay is, but I find it hard to believe that there are so many jobs offering > $50k with opportunity for pretty quick advancement, yet they can't spare a few thousand to fly in a couple candidates.

But if you're desperate...
There's a gazillion folks in the Atlanta area competing for the same job.

Not to mention they're not going to pay Voyager's moving costs.
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Old 05-21-2014, 04:39 PM
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Rent a car....way cheaper than throwing down $800 for a flight.
Minimum three days.

$500 for the car & gas. Don't forget out of state insurance coverage for the rental. $300 less but in the big scheme of things, even that little car is going to be tired after that trip.
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Old 05-21-2014, 04:50 PM
 
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There's a gazillion folks in the Atlanta area competing for the same job.

Not to mention they're not going to pay Voyager's moving costs.
Well that's a different issue IMO. I'd say do it if you're desperate and can afford it, and actually believe they're not just jerking you around.
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Old 05-21-2014, 04:51 PM
 
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Skype it or forget it...
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Old 05-21-2014, 04:53 PM
 
Location: Washington State
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If you're strapped for interview costs, just think how strapped you'll be at moving costs.

You ain't ready to interview in Atlanta.
Fact is, I have enough cash to pay for either an interview trip or moving expenses. The difference is that moving expenses are incurred, exactly once, and at that, only if a job is offered and accepted.

Interview expenses could be incurred many times without an offer being obtained. That would get pretty expensive at $1K or more per trip if no job results from it/them.

Ten years ago, the firm that brought me to NJ paid for the entire interview trip and for half of my moving expenses. I was easily able to afford my 1/2 of the moving expenses since I knew I had a job upon arrival. Once a job is assured, I could pay the entire moving cost. It's matter of cost benefit analysis, not a matter of lacking the funds for airfare or moving costs.
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