Asking Prospective Employer to Pay Interview Travel Expenses


Carol writes:
Is it proper to request a prospective employer to pay for your airline ticket to an out-of-state interview?


The Career Doctor responds:
Any employer worth working for will buy your airline ticket arrange for your transportation from the airport to your hotel and pay for your hotel stay. Some prepay; others reimburse.
I know of a number of smaller firms and certain industries where companies do not pay for travel expenses and use the “when you’re in the area give us a call and we’ll set up an interview” to get around paying expenses.

If you have any questions about who is paying you should most certainly ask. It’s better to know beforehand and I don’t know if any employers who would be offended by the question.


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