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Old 02-14-2018, 02:06 PM
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Let's say you're interviewing with a company that is out of state and requires some travel time to get there. You do well on the phone/Skype call and then they decide they'd like you to visit the office to meet and interview some more. What do you think the odds are of you getting a job with them if you do well with the in person interview?

They would know you're out of state and know that bringing you in is a bit of a hassle. Would they only do this if they really liked you and would probably give you the job if you do well with the interview? Or could you do well with the in person interview and still not get the job? I like to think the company wouldn't want to waste its time and the person's they're interviewing with, knowing they traveled to see them. Obviously if you do poorly in the in person interview you won't get the job, but I'm saying assume you do well.
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Old 02-14-2018, 02:10 PM
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Let's say you're interviewing with a company that is out of state and requires some travel time to get there. You do well on the phone/Skype call and then they decide they'd like you to visit the office to meet and interview some more. What do you think the odds are of you getting a job with them if you do well with the in person interview?

They would know you're out of state and know that bringing you in is a bit of a hassle. Would they only do this if they really liked you and would probably give you the job if you do well with the interview? Or could you do well with the in person interview and still not get the job? I like to think the company wouldn't want to waste its time and the person's they're interviewing with, knowing they traveled to see them. Obviously if you do poorly in the in person interview you won't get the job, but I'm saying assume you do well.
If someone else does better than you, you might not get an offer no matter how well you think you did. Don't count on getting an offer and keep sending out resumes.
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I doubt anyone here knows the answer, unless someone has a comprehensive database or representative sample of candidates.

It doesn't really help you to know the answer. Just give it your best shot, and keep applying and interviewing for jobs until you get one. If they are flying in for an interview, they probably see you as capable, but you're probably competing against other people as well.
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Let's say you're interviewing with a company that is out of state and requires some travel time to get there. You do well on the phone/Skype call and then they decide they'd like you to visit the office to meet and interview some more. What do you think the odds are of you getting a job with them if you do well with the in person interview?
In my experience, 3/4.
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Old 02-14-2018, 02:26 PM
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Let's say you're interviewing with a company that is out of state and requires some travel time to get there. You do well on the phone/Skype call and then they decide they'd like you to visit the office to meet and interview some more. What do you think the odds are of you getting a job with them if you do well with the in person interview
It is probably the case that either:
1) The company is focused on finding the best candidate regardless of location, or
2) The company wanted to find someone local and was unable to.

In either case, I wouldn't worry about it, I would just put your best foot forward. And keep looking
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Would they only do this if they really liked you and would probably give you the job if you do well with the interview?
The only reason not to bring someone in from out of state is if your opening has high demand from qualified in-state candidates. Or if your company is super cheap, I guess. Paying $600 for a plane ticket/hotel/cabs/food for an out-of-stater is peanuts compared to recruiter commissions.


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Or could you do well with the in person interview and still not get the job?
Yes. Sometimes, someone else is better. Or maybe it's a really close call between you and another candidate, but the other one already lives 5 minutes from the office, so she gets the nod. Maybe they were drafting an offer letter for you when the hiring manager got a call from his buddy who just started looking for a new job, and now he wants to hire his buddy instead.
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I doubt anyone here knows the answer, unless someone has a comprehensive database or representative sample of candidates.

It doesn't really help you to know the answer. Just give it your best shot, and keep applying and interviewing for jobs until you get one. If they are flying in for an interview, they probably see you as capable, but you're probably competing against other people as well.
Wrong again!
After reviewing all the data I have, I'm going with 3-1.

Right again about the usefulness of such an accurately determined number, though.

'cause, stupid question deserves a stupid answer.
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They would know you're out of state and know that bringing you in is a bit of a hassle. Would they only do this if they really liked you and would probably give you the job if you do well with the interview?
Or could you do well with the in person interview and still not get the job? I like to think the company wouldn't want to waste its time and the person's they're interviewing with, knowing they traveled to see them. Obviously if you do poorly in the in person interview you won't get the job, but I'm saying assume you do well.
1. I've brought in candidates from out-of-state, and never have I brought one in that I didn't think was a serious candidate.
2. Coming in from out-of-state doesn't give you a leg up. As noted, it's a minor travel expense and a sunk cost at that.
3. You do need to be honest with them and with yourself about whether you want to be in that place. And if you do want to be there, you need to convince them that you either already love it, or are falling in love with it.
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Did you love/pretend to be in love with the place you were visiting?
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