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Posted: 4/29/2011 12:50:16 PM EDT
Common or uncommon? Lets say a candidate has to travel more than "across town" to get to an interview. Is it normal to reimburse a candidate for travel? What says Arfcom....
Link Posted: 4/29/2011 12:51:05 PM EDT
I've never even heard of it.
Link Posted: 4/29/2011 12:52:39 PM EDT
I have been reiumbursed twice. Once I drove about 800 miles and they paid my gas and hotel bill. Another time I flew and they paid for the tickets and the hotel.



I guess it depends on how far and how bad they need someone. If it's less than a days drive I wouldn't even consider it.
Link Posted: 4/29/2011 12:52:41 PM EDT
Ive heard of companies flying people out to them and paying for their hotel for an interview.
Link Posted: 4/29/2011 12:53:25 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/29/2011 12:53:51 PM EDT by Xyster7212]
It's rather common to pay for flights and travel arrangements for professional-level candidates.  My previous and current employer both do this for engineers, managers, etc.
Link Posted: 4/29/2011 12:53:28 PM EDT
Link Posted: 4/29/2011 12:53:56 PM EDT
Depends on the position.



The wife and I have always been reimbursed for job interview expenses (London to VA, NY to SF, SF to Portland, Philly to Boston), flight hotel taxis and per diem all paid.




Of course those were instances where the employer located and contacted us not the other way around.
Link Posted: 4/29/2011 12:54:43 PM EDT
I have an interview next week several states away.  They are flying me out, putting me up in a hotel room and told me to turn all receipts in for reimbursement of meals, rental car and any other expenses that I incur.
Link Posted: 4/29/2011 12:54:53 PM EDT
very common, depending on level of position as already stated.
Link Posted: 4/29/2011 12:55:39 PM EDT
I think it depends on the distance and the industry. I would never expect to be compensated for an 'across town drive'. Also, I have seen people travel long distances on their own dime for Fire Department tests and hiring processes. I also had a friend that interviewed with John Deere I think it was and they flew him and his wife from San Antonio to Iowa or something and paid his expenses.
Link Posted: 4/29/2011 12:56:29 PM EDT




Originally Posted By Paul:

Across town ... no. You're going to have to come up with the $5 yourself.



Across country ... yes, of course.


This. Of course it doesn't apply to low wage jobs. IE: No one is flying your ass across the country to interview for that $8 an hour job.

Link Posted: 4/29/2011 12:57:31 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Hardrock4195:
very common, depending on level of position as already stated.


I was reimbursed for travel and expenses for an itinerant mechanic position with Florida Power and Light. I think it depends both on the level of the position, but also the company, and whether they're the .gov, or have a state-sponsored monopoly.

Also, didn't get the job.
Link Posted: 4/29/2011 12:58:19 PM EDT
I should be so lucky.
Link Posted: 4/29/2011 12:59:04 PM EDT
Yes, if extraordinary travel is required for the interview.

I interviewed last October for a new job.  They picked up the airfare tab and would have covered a hotel if I needed it.  They reimbursed me for cab fare and the Burger King lunch I got at the airport.
Link Posted: 4/29/2011 12:59:56 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Cavalry99:
I have an interview next week several states away.  They are flying me out, putting me up in a hotel room and told me to turn all receipts in for reimbursement of meals, rental car and any other expenses that I incur.


what if you dont get the job?
Link Posted: 4/29/2011 1:02:45 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/29/2011 1:05:24 PM EDT by Sugarfree]

Originally Posted By Specop_007:





Common or uncommon? Lets say a candidate has to travel more than "across town" to get to an interview. Is it normal to reimburse a candidate for travel? What says Arfcom....





Reimbursement? No.  












I can see a company buying you a plane ticket and hotel room or something but not reimbursing you for transportation, gas, mileage, parking, ect that they don't offer up front.  







If they don't offer it up front, I certainly wouldn't ask.  









 
Link Posted: 4/29/2011 1:03:08 PM EDT



Originally Posted By OKIE-CARBINE:



Originally Posted By Cavalry99:

I have an interview next week several states away.  They are flying me out, putting me up in a hotel room and told me to turn all receipts in for reimbursement of meals, rental car and any other expenses that I incur.




what if you dont get the job?


They eat the cost as part of the expense of filling the position.



 
Link Posted: 4/29/2011 1:22:51 PM EDT
fresh out of college went for second round interviews two hours away in a city known for early morning traffic
early morning interview so I just got a hotel close by.
of course morning of it poured until it was flooding. I only had to go 40 feet with a umbrella
still got drenched and walked through shin deep water.

lady was late for the interview was sick and was having a real bad day
didnt matter what I did I knew I was screwed from Hello.
I should have just walked out. more than anything I thought my "power tie" was ruined

should have sent them a dry cleaning bill along with my hotel bill and a gas bill
but I wouldnt have gotten where I am without doing some job hunting
Link Posted: 4/29/2011 1:24:37 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/29/2011 1:25:54 PM EDT by NathanL]
I wouldn't expect to get reimbursed on job a "job" interview out of the blue. Most times if they want you to travel or you are traveling for a new job and not just looking for any job you will have a lengthy phone interview etc...unless they already know you. They aren't going to fly out everyone who interviews.



On the flip side both times I've done it I wanted to get a good idea ahead of time if I was really interested and a rough estimate on pay etc...I didn't want to waste their time and money either.
Link Posted: 4/29/2011 1:28:31 PM EDT
I had a Job interview with Atlantis Casinos.

They flew me down for 2 days, put me up in the Hotel and dined me like I was a starving Somalian.  I was even offered the job based on the outcome of a software vendor being able to do what they wanted...  The Software vendor couldn't and I did not get the job...
Link Posted: 4/29/2011 1:33:45 PM EDT
if i fly to an interview which has happened many times, they book the flight and/or hotel on their corporate account.



food, taxi etc is reimbursed.



was your interview at Wendys?
Link Posted: 4/29/2011 1:35:45 PM EDT
Link Posted: 4/29/2011 1:39:19 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Cavalry99:
I have an interview next week several states away.  They are flying me out, putting me up in a hotel room and told me to turn all receipts in for reimbursement of meals, rental car and any other expenses that I incur.


This is common from what I can see at companies that are worth a damn.  If the travel is more than a few hours away they should offer this.  

In my current position, being well employed in an industry that is starving for good people, I wouldn't even consider an interview that didn't involve this sort of thing.

Even for local interviews, I expect lunch or dinner.
Link Posted: 4/29/2011 1:39:55 PM EDT
If the job involves a relo package they typically pay for travel expenses to the interviews.
Link Posted: 4/29/2011 1:41:55 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/29/2011 1:42:43 PM EDT by Melvinator2k0]
I was given a reimbursement form by one of the firms I interviewed with. It was for parking and gas, but I didnt bother to fill it out. They are paying for a hotel when I do my second round interview with them.
Link Posted: 4/29/2011 2:00:14 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Specop_007:
Common or uncommon? Lets say a candidate has to travel more than "across town" to get to an interview. Is it normal to reimburse a candidate for travel? What says Arfcom....


Are you kidding me?
Link Posted: 4/29/2011 2:14:40 PM EDT
Fairly common if its greater then 200 miles, airline tickets, hotels, meals, etc.  It depends on how long the job has been open or how hard it is to find a candidate.  I know companies that fly people cross country, put them up in hotels, take them out to dinner, etc. for the right candidate and position.
Link Posted: 4/29/2011 2:35:17 PM EDT
This past January, I interviewed with an ARFCOM Industry Partner for an Operations Manager position.  They reimbursed me for airfare and food and picked up the hotel cost on their own dime.  Unfortunately, there was another candidate with more logistical experience than I, so the job went to him.
Link Posted: 4/29/2011 2:48:25 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/29/2011 2:50:15 PM EDT by unclemoak]
For all the interviews I've gone to for full time Engineering positions over the past year, I've been reimbursed/had my expenses paid for.





Last week I had a job interview in Redmond Washington. The company paid for airfare, two nights in a hotel, meals, rental car, gas, and parking for my car back at the airport.

 
Link Posted: 4/29/2011 2:58:25 PM EDT
At my company, if we fly a candidate out for an onsite interview, their airfare, car rental, hotel, and food is covered. If you eat at the hotel you just bill it to the room. If you go to a restaurant, just submit a receipt. Same for gas for the rental car. If you get and accept an offer, you get reimbursed with your first paycheck. If not, you submit your receipts and get a check.

When I was going through the interview process I put my food on the room tab and paid for my own booze at the bar. After I started they told me I could have expensed the booze too
Link Posted: 4/29/2011 5:26:47 PM EDT
I've interviewed a few times with different companies for IT positions.

Sprint in Kansas City paid my airfare, hotel, and rental plus expenses while I was there... I flew out there and stayed over night. I didn't get the job.
ABS in Va paid me a travel allowance. I drove up there, interviewed, then drove home. I didn't get the job and it was a very long day for me.
Blackbaud in Charleston didn't pay or offer me anything when I interviewed with them... I drove down for the interview.
My current job didn't offer me anything to get to the interview but it wasn't too far and I needed a job. I got it.
Link Posted: 4/29/2011 5:51:06 PM EDT



Originally Posted By Xyster7212:


It's rather common to pay for flights and travel arrangements for professional-level candidates.  My previous and current employer both do this for engineers, managers, etc.


Ditto. If we fly you out, we'll put you in a hotel the night before if it's a long trip (as opposed to a quick shuttle from SJC to PDX)



Professional occupation candidates are harder to find and often cannot be hired from directly local talent so to not compensate for travel costs would be very short-sighted.



McDonalds and Walmart can typically get away with "hiring local"





 
Link Posted: 4/29/2011 5:53:07 PM EDT
I would say if a company is trying to actively recruit you then thy'd be more apt to provide accomodations at their expense. Otherwise, no.
Link Posted: 4/29/2011 5:56:10 PM EDT
Write it off on your taxes. I do.
Link Posted: 4/29/2011 6:00:19 PM EDT
If someone want's to talk to me about going to work for them, they're gonna pay my way or I won't go.



It's a write off for them and if they're that stupid or cheap....I ain't gonna work for them.
Link Posted: 4/29/2011 6:01:17 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Specop_007:
Common or uncommon? Lets say a candidate has to travel more than "across town" to get to an interview. Is it normal to reimburse a candidate for travel? What says Arfcom....


I got reimbursed for my travel to an interview that was a 2 hour drive. Lockheed Martin
Link Posted: 4/29/2011 6:02:08 PM EDT
If you're unemployed you can probably write it off on your taxes if they don't...
Link Posted: 4/29/2011 6:03:46 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Seansworth:
I've never even heard of it.


Seriously... Who the fuck even puts in for that?

HOW do you put in for that?
Link Posted: 4/29/2011 6:05:13 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Cavalry99:
I have an interview next week several states away.  They are flying me out, putting me up in a hotel room and told me to turn all receipts in for reimbursement of meals, rental car and any other expenses that I incur.


Well, THIS is pretty common.... But across town, no.
Link Posted: 4/29/2011 6:05:19 PM EDT
Originally Posted By 45-Seventy:
Originally Posted By Seansworth:
I've never even heard of it.


Seriously... Who the fuck even puts in for that?

HOW do you put in for that?


You don't have to ask for it at my company - it's already provided. If you pass the phone interviews they contact you to make travel arrangements.
Link Posted: 4/29/2011 6:07:51 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/29/2011 6:09:29 PM EDT by AJ_Engineer]
Yes, we reimburse for flights, nice hotel, baggage expenses, and feed candidates when they are here by taking them out. Unless you are driving in for the interview because you're local I don't think we do mileage. Of course these are professional positions, except interns, we just do phone interviews for those.



ETA: and rental car. And it's all handled on our end so no hassle on the candidates end besides getting to their airport of choice.

Link Posted: 4/29/2011 6:12:02 PM EDT
I have been re-imbursed for travel expenses pertaining to an academic job interview at a medical center where they called me and asked me to apply for the position.

Took three trips, considered it seriously, and was re-imbursed for two of the three trips (I made one trip on my own initiative to check out the city, etc, so I didn't expect them to do anything for me). I chose not to take the position, and they ate the cost of putting me up, etc.

My rule in such a situation is not to assume that they will pay for it, take transportation and lodging that you expect to pay for out of your own pocket, and be pleasantly surprised when they pay for it. Beats running up a big tab and then be desparate to be re-imbursed.

So, I drove four hours on one trip and flew an inexpensive turboprop on the other (cost them less than the mileage reimbursement, actually).
Link Posted: 4/29/2011 7:10:26 PM EDT
In my case, I was contacted by their HR personnel to confirm reservations and tickets. They told me how to submit for reimbursement.

They also told me who to send the thank you cards to. You DO send thank you cards right? Simple, professional, memorable...

When I went on site to Sprint, the 2 guys giving me the technical interview had the thank you cards I sent them sitting on their desks. I mentioned them in passing, "Oh, you got the cards. I was hoping you got them..."

They were like "yeah, thanks! You're the only one that did that."
"I just wanted to thank you for your time and consideration for the opportunity. There are a lot of people looking for work and you picked me."

I think they got me the face to face interview.
Link Posted: 4/29/2011 7:12:37 PM EDT
Normal
Link Posted: 4/29/2011 7:13:47 PM EDT
Depends on the company. I've had them set everything up and fly me there, put me up in the hotel, etc and I've had to set everything up and then submit an expense report (Hey General Dynamics!)



And then I've had ones that I had to foot the whole thing for. Depends on the situation, company and where you are in the interview process.
Link Posted: 4/29/2011 7:17:00 PM EDT
Link Posted: 4/29/2011 7:22:30 PM EDT
I would not interview for a position that would not fly me out for an interview if it was too far to drive.

Most engineering/tech positions I have interviewed for have been all day. They typically pay for the trip out and hotel.

I have turned down a couple of jobs that I have been flown out to interview, they didn't offer enough to cover the difference in COL.
Link Posted: 4/29/2011 7:22:40 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Kalahnikid:
Ive heard of companies flying people out to them and paying for their hotel for an interview.


Correct, it is customary if they request you come interview that they pay for it. I have had to pay in the past, but they always reimbursed, even when I did not get the job.
Link Posted: 4/29/2011 7:38:56 PM EDT
I have had three interviews across country.   One was on campus in 99.   They called back and wanted to set up a second interview in San Fran.   They sent me airline tickets and about a week before the onsite they called and cancelled.   Said they had 45 interviews and 41 positions but all positions had been canceled.   Welcome the .com bust in the semiconductor industry.   They did let me keep the credit for the air line ticket price.   $1500.  

The other two were both paid and set up by them.   They even reimbursed for additional expenses.
Link Posted: 4/29/2011 9:25:01 PM EDT
I've been on a few out of town interviews where there paid my airfare or mileage, meals, and hotel if a stay was necessary. This was when the travel was beyond a reasonable distance one could be expected to travel at ones own expense. Most companies I interviewed with were very fair about this. This is in the construction industry.

I did interview with a small company in Dallas one time in college. I traveled about 5 hours drive time and they promised to reimburse me for mileage when we setup the interview. After the interview they said thanks, showed me out, and never said a word about the reimbursement. This was after the person, who committed to reimburse me previously, asked me how long the drive down was. I was not impressed with them in the interview and their failure to live up to their promise sealed the deal for me. I figured if they weren't honest in the interview process they were not a company to work for.
Link Posted: 4/30/2011 3:15:57 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/30/2011 4:01:41 AM EDT by GunLvrPHD]
Originally Posted By DK-Prof:
Originally Posted By Xyster7212:
It's rather common to pay for flights and travel arrangements for professional-level candidates.  My previous and current employer both do this for engineers, managers, etc.


We always do it in academia.  Of course, the candidates are almost always from out of town, and the "interview" usually takes a day and a half.  So there's flights, hotel, and other expenses involved.


Yep, and even public universities will pay the bill for restaurant meals for several faculty members and the job candidate at the best restaurant in town.  Thanks taxpayers!

ETA: One time a school flew my whole family there for 2-days, 2-nights in the best hotel in town.  They paid rental car, meals, dog boarding expenses and even provided a baby sitter for the kids.
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