When you’re considering a new career opportunity, especially one that requires a plane ride and an overnight stay, keep some things in mind.
You’re not just interviewing with a company. You’re dealing with people.
One or more people have invited you into the equivalent of their business “home” with the thought to bring you into their work “family”.
On top of that, there’s a whole host of people behind the scenes who are helping to coordinate your plane trip, your hotel stay, the interview agenda, and anything else that goes along with your visit.
There’s also a considerable financial expense associated with getting you to their location – a plane trip on short notice, hotel stay…the whole nine yards.
Then consider the hourly rate of each person that’s meeting with you throughout the process – if you’re meeting with a VP of R&D or a Chief Operations Officer, an hour of their time could be anywhere between 2 and 4 hundred dollars per hour.
Multiply that out against the rest of the team, albeit at lower dollar per hour, but still – consider it.
There’s a lot of resources going into bringing you in for an interview – same with you on your end – taking PTO, time away from family possibly, the stress and strain of possibly leaving your company. I get it.
So before you accept the invitation to fly out, before you get too far down the process, make sure there’s a legitimate reason why you’re going on this interview.
Don’t string people along if you’re not serious and you haven’t done your due diligence.