Originally Posted by jgold47
I saw a posting on a recruiters website for a job back in my hometown. I Contacted the recruiter who I had worked with on something else. The company wanted to hire someone local, no relocation expenses, and no interview expenses, made sense, the position was for someone with local knowledge. I agreed to pay my own way (just driving back and staying with my parents), and wound up getting the job.
So dont write it off completely, they just may have not gotten the budget to pay for those expenses, and if its not a highly specialized position, may just want to chose for a local candidate. In my field I am seeing this more and more, with so many highly qualified local candidates, whats the point of fucking around with relocating someone (I am not an HR person, but I guess this probably has a higher rate of failure than someone local), when you can just hire local. That said, if you really want it, it would show them, and probably get you to be considered as if you were local.
In the situation outlined above I would agree with paying your own way, and even in my case were it an issue of a 2-3 hour drive I'd suck it up. The differences here are that they contacted me, and that I'm 800 miles away. I'll reiterate, though, that I do own a home in the area and have spent the majority of my life there, so there should be minimal concern on their end in terms of this not working out due to the relocation.
I don't know if I'd consider it a highly
specialized position, but it's not a huge field and I have the industry experience they're looking for as well as experience in the somewhat specialized field. I do not imagine they have a large pool of candidates with the experience they're looking for.
I expressed my concerns to the recruiter this morning, and am awaiting feedback from a call they had previously scheduled with the hiring manager. I was asked about the possibility of completing the interview over video conference, and suggested that we look at our options after the call.