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Posted: 11/25/2014 8:50:13 PM EDT
Oof. Anyone dealt with this before? I wish this was a case of a simple phone interview, but it's not. I mean, there's nothing anyone can say, I know it's a gamble, I'm just interested in hearing about experiences.

I applied for a job in my field, 80 percent similar, at least, in another state. The HR woman sent me an e-mail saying I'm qualified to take the test, which I suppose If pass it, then they MIGHT ask me to come back for an interview, then they MIGHT hire me. The last two MIGHT not happen. Then I suppose IF I got an interview, it almost certainly wouldn't be the next day, I might even have to fly back, say the NEXT week, then still MIGHT not get the job.

$350 flight.
Hotel room.
Long ass flights and airports.

For the chance. Ugh. Why can't they just do a phone interview.
Link Posted: 11/25/2014 8:51:48 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/25/2014 8:53:46 PM EDT by OverScoped]
depends on how shitty the job market is in your region and if you want to move.



Ive moved to different states twice without a job. Just packed up my shit and went. I think that fact helped me become employed. They knew I was an ass kicker and that's what they were looking for.

Link Posted: 11/25/2014 8:53:43 PM EDT
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depends on how shitty the job market is in your region and if you want to move.
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Yes to both. It's why I applied, and it's an area I want to move to. I just hate being so uncertain about my chances with the hassle it'd take to go take a three hour test.
Link Posted: 11/25/2014 8:55:52 PM EDT
Kind of obnoxious they don't do a phone interview first. I just did two trips for interviews, luckily I got one.
Link Posted: 11/25/2014 11:30:11 PM EDT
Would you hire a guy with that attitude?
Link Posted: 11/25/2014 11:35:50 PM EDT
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Would you hire a guy with that attitude?
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Sure...he'd never leave my company or ask for a raise. I like guys like him.
Link Posted: 11/25/2014 11:38:13 PM EDT
Nothing ventured nothing gained. Is this standard for your industry?
Link Posted: 11/25/2014 11:38:25 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By BSmith79:


Yes to both. It's why I applied, and it's an area I want to move to. I just hate being so uncertain about my chances with the hassle it'd take to go take a three hour test.
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Originally Posted By OverScoped:
depends on how shitty the job market is in your region and if you want to move.


Yes to both. It's why I applied, and it's an area I want to move to. I just hate being so uncertain about my chances with the hassle it'd take to go take a three hour test.


Who dares, wins!

If you can afford it I'd say go. If you have to sell plasma and might not be able to pay rent next month then maybe not.

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Link Posted: 11/26/2014 12:12:00 AM EDT
Is this a " Government type " of job?

If it is you may need to call the the recruiter and ask is there is any way you can take the test locally. I used to work in HR for a local government agency and sometimes depending on the position I would arrange to have the test sent to the local city HR dept. You would have to do some leg to get a contact person . They would have to agree to professionally proctor the test and return all materials. It was really dependent on how specialized the position was and the personal feedback of the hosting HR Dept. I did it about 7 times in 3 years. Our HR dept paid to Next day the test both sending and returning with all materials and a simple instruction sheet the proctor would read. After test everything went in a return package and dropped off in the next day Fed Ex bin.

Pretty simple really , but still one managed to mess up getting the test back to us.

In short call and ask.

LV
Link Posted: 11/26/2014 12:14:47 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/26/2014 12:16:49 AM EDT by AmorphousBlob]
Originally Posted By BSmith79:
Oof. Anyone dealt with this before? I wish this was a case of a simple phone interview, but it's not. I mean, there's nothing anyone can say, I know it's a gamble, I'm just interested in hearing about experiences.

I applied for a job in my field, 80 percent similar, at least, in another state. The HR woman sent me an e-mail saying I'm qualified to take the test, which I suppose If pass it, then they MIGHT ask me to come back for an interview, then they MIGHT hire me. The last two MIGHT not happen. Then I suppose IF I got an interview, it almost certainly wouldn't be the next day, I might even have to fly back, say the NEXT week, then still MIGHT not get the job.

$350 flight.
Hotel room.
Long ass flights and airports.

For the chance. Ugh. Why can't they just do a phone interview.
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They aren't paying for your travel? That's not a good sign.
Link Posted: 11/26/2014 12:25:50 AM EDT
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They aren't paying for your travel? That's not a good sign.
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Originally Posted By BSmith79:
Oof. Anyone dealt with this before? I wish this was a case of a simple phone interview, but it's not. I mean, there's nothing anyone can say, I know it's a gamble, I'm just interested in hearing about experiences.

I applied for a job in my field, 80 percent similar, at least, in another state. The HR woman sent me an e-mail saying I'm qualified to take the test, which I suppose If pass it, then they MIGHT ask me to come back for an interview, then they MIGHT hire me. The last two MIGHT not happen. Then I suppose IF I got an interview, it almost certainly wouldn't be the next day, I might even have to fly back, say the NEXT week, then still MIGHT not get the job.

$350 flight.
Hotel room.
Long ass flights and airports.

For the chance. Ugh. Why can't they just do a phone interview.


They aren't paying for your travel? That's not a good sign.


I agree. What field are we talking about exactly?
Link Posted: 11/26/2014 12:39:22 AM EDT
I would never hire someone through a phone interview
Link Posted: 11/26/2014 8:56:55 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By LVDesertSOCOM:
Is this a " Government type " of job?

If it is you may need to call the the recruiter and ask is there is any way you can take the test locally. I used to work in HR for a local government agency and sometimes depending on the position I would arrange to have the test sent to the local city HR dept. You would have to do some leg to get a contact person . They would have to agree to professionally proctor the test and return all materials. It was really dependent on how specialized the position was and the personal feedback of the hosting HR Dept. I did it about 7 times in 3 years. Our HR dept paid to Next day the test both sending and returning with all materials and a simple instruction sheet the proctor would read. After test everything went in a return package and dropped off in the next day Fed Ex bin.

Pretty simple really , but still one managed to mess up getting the test back to us.

In short call and ask.

LV
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It is a government job, for an engineering position.

Very interesting. I'm going to look into this, thanks for the suggestion.
Link Posted: 11/26/2014 8:57:26 AM EDT
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I agree. What field are we talking about exactly?
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Originally Posted By BSmith79:
Oof. Anyone dealt with this before? I wish this was a case of a simple phone interview, but it's not. I mean, there's nothing anyone can say, I know it's a gamble, I'm just interested in hearing about experiences.

I applied for a job in my field, 80 percent similar, at least, in another state. The HR woman sent me an e-mail saying I'm qualified to take the test, which I suppose If pass it, then they MIGHT ask me to come back for an interview, then they MIGHT hire me. The last two MIGHT not happen. Then I suppose IF I got an interview, it almost certainly wouldn't be the next day, I might even have to fly back, say the NEXT week, then still MIGHT not get the job.

$350 flight.
Hotel room.
Long ass flights and airports.

For the chance. Ugh. Why can't they just do a phone interview.


They aren't paying for your travel? That's not a good sign.


I agree. What field are we talking about exactly?


Civil engineering and surveying for a county government.

I'm going to look into getting the test locally. If that doesn't work, I'll end up going.
Link Posted: 11/26/2014 9:02:11 AM EDT
It's not much money in the scheme of things. Just pay it and pretend it's a vacation. Think positive and you'll get the job. Use "The Secret"
Link Posted: 11/26/2014 9:07:59 AM EDT
Only if they paid my expenses. There has to be a less expensive way to pre-qualify you...
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