My younger brother is graduating from college in December, and after we gave him tips on getting an internship last summer, he recently was put into an interesting situation that is just asking for a discussion.
He’s been applying to jobs the past few months and recently he’s gotten some call backs and some initial phone interviews. One company was very interested, but said they could not bring him from Maryland to Boston to be interviewed. While some companies are able to pay for travel and hotel expenses for all interviewees, some have policies that they can’t do that. It can be expensive to fly someone roundtrip and put them in a hotel for at least one night and pay for their meals.
The company said that since he is from Boston, if he comes to the area, let them know and they could set up some interviews for him. The only problem was that he had no plans of going home to visit yet and he did not want this opportunity to slip away.
He could have waiting until Thanksgiving, come home a day or two early or stay a day or two late and try to schedule an interview. But would the position still be available by then?
Alternatively, he could have told them he’d be there in a week or two, pay for his own ticket, and find out far sooner if he was the fit they were looking for. Everything was lining up and he thought he had a good chance at the job, but if it didn’t work out, he’d be out the money for those flights, which definitely aren’t cheap!
What Would You Do?
While this situation is unique, we can envision situations where we’re between jobs and are looking for a new position. If you have to fly to headquarters to meet with a few members of the team. Would you pay the costs out of your own pocket or just move on to the next job?
What He Did
My brother decided that he would pay the costs himself. He really liked the company and knew they had a lot of interest in him. And he did not want the opportunity to pass him by, so he let the company know he’d be coming home the following week and could interview then. They set up the appropriate interviews and all he had to do from there is wait for an answer.
He Got The Job!
He interviewed and within a week got a job offer! He’s really happy and he still has a few things to figure out, but clearly paying his own way for this interview worked well for him.
Would you pay for your own interview? How much would you pay for an interview (which would lead to a whole lot more money than the costs of transportation)?