Will the employer pay for travel expenses? Don’t expect the company to pick up your full travel tab, but most companies are willing to shoulder your travel expenses to and from the interview, especially if you are interviewing for a managerial or executive position.(Question whether you want to work with the company if they’ve booked you at an off-the-wall motel.)
Expect your expenses to be reimbursed in 1-2 weeks. If you haven’t heard back within that time, you can call the HR manager to make sure your expense reimbursement request has been received. Don’t hesitate to follow up—it can sometimes take up to two months to be reimbursed.
What are the ground transportation arrangements?
Should you rent a car? Does the employer expect you to take a shuttle from the airport to your hotel? Will someone be picking you up? These are questions you need to ask before the interview.
If you are asked to make your own travel plans, you’ll naturally want to consider the least expensive flight if driving isn’t the best option. If you do plan to fly, that doesn’t mean you have to buy the cheapest flight. You can buy tickets in the middle price range to be safe if you’re worried about any potential surprises.
When should you arrive, and when will the interview conclude?
It’s best to plan to arrive in mid to late afternoon the day before the interview so you can enjoy a relaxing dinner, prepare for your interview and familiarize yourself with the interview location route ahead of time.
You can use your free time to focus on your interview. Get a good night’s sleep to ensure you’re refreshed and that your interview prep sinks in.
Don’t schedule your return trip too close to the end of your interview. Leave yourself extra time — there could be another interview in the pipeline. You also want to account for any other interview-related delays, traffic, or weather.
As with any interview, always be a professional in everything you do. Your actionsand your behavior reflect your character as an individual and employee.