Interviewing on opposite coast

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  1. ndsleep612

    ndsleep612 Well-Known Member

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    I'm currently on the West Coast and is considering interviewing for jobs in NYC within the same company. I know that last minute airfare is very expensive along with last minute lodging. Has anyone ever had their interview travel expenses subsidized by the companies that they've interviewed with? Also please share your traveling experiences when interviewing on the opposite coast. How do you make it work? Much appreciated, thanks.
     


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    I've never interviewed at the opposite coast, but the one time I did get flown out to an interview, lodging and all transportation costs were taken care of by the company.

    Another time a company paid for my amtrak ticket, so that's about it. I think it's pretty customary that if you're good enough to be asked to visit their offices for interviews, then they will accommodate all associated costs.
     


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    I have always had my airfare and lodging payed for by the interviewing company. This is how it's supposed to be done. If you have to pay for it yourself, you can write it off come tax time.
     


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    same here, i've had to travel often for interviews and never had to pay anything. This is pretty standard so i'd be a little wary of a company that wouldn't pay
     


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    I know that my company doesn't pay for entry level positions (what you would start with out of undergrad though it is not uncommon for people with an MA to be at that level too). I think it sounds kind of shitty but we are as flexible as possible about scheduling you near other interviews in the city. We also make sure you talk to everyone who might need to interview you so that we won't have to call you back.

    My experience is that if they are going to pay for it, it will say something like "Contact Steve in Travel Services at ### to arrange travel" although it doesn't hurt to ask.

    The only thing may be that you already work for the company...at that point I could see them expecting you to pay for it. At least it is a tax write off.
     


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    I'm currently on the West Coast and is considering interviewing for jobs in NYC within the same company. I know that last minute airfare is very expensive along with last minute lodging. Has anyone ever had their interview travel expenses subsidized by the companies that they've interviewed with? Also please share your traveling experiences when interviewing on the opposite coast. How do you make it work? Much appreciated, thanks.

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  7. scientific

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    would never ever ever self pay a plane ticket for an interview
     


  8. Matt

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    in one of my first jobs I covered my own travel costs for the interview, but I was trying to change cities as an almost-grad, rather than the company wanting to bring me over.

    I figured since I approached them, the onus was on me to get myself there. They hired me and repaid my travel costs, but if I didn't get the job, I would have been out of pocket on it, and not resented anyone...

    Later in my career as other opportunities presented themselves, the company always flew me in for the interviews.
     


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    OP is not a new hire as he is looking to move within the same company. In my mind, it would depend on what the situation surrounding the move would be. If OP is being requested by managers on another coast, it would be foolish of them not to fly him out. If OP just does not enjoy his current role and wants to leave for his personal reasons, I can easily see a lot of companies not fund it.

    Either way it doesn't hurt to ask.
     


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    When I was interviewing with Google last year, they gave me the option of going to NYC or Santa Monica for the interview. I chose Santa Monica because that would be the site I would be working at.

    They flew me from Pittsburgh to LA. I was able to fly in the day before and fly out the day after the interview (Flew in Thursday, interview Fri, Out on Saturday.)

    They covered the flight and hotel, booked about a week in Adv. The rest I paid for and was reimbursed. (Food & rental car)

    I didn't end up taking the job as the increase in pay wouldn't have offset the increase of everything else by living in the Santa Monica area, I did get a free vacation out of it as I had 2 days to walk around the Santa Monica area for free.
     


  12. Matt

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    When I was interviewing with Google last year, they gave me the option of going to NYC or Santa Monica for the interview. I chose Santa Monica because that would be the site I would be working at.

    They flew me from Pittsburgh to LA. I was able to fly in the day before and fly out the day after the interview (Flew in Thursday, interview Fri, Out on Saturday.)

    They covered the flight and hotel, booked about a week in Adv. The rest I paid for and was reimbursed. (Food & rental car)

    I didn't end up taking the job as the increase in pay wouldn't have offset the increase of everything else by living in the Santa Monica area, I did get a free vacation out of it as I had 2 days to walk around the Santa Monica area for free.

    personally, I'd pay that back.
     


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