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10/15/09
Interview Protocol. Travelling to ‘on-sites’
Filed under: Interviewing, Position Searching
Posted by: site admin @ 7:00 pm

We have not heard of problems of
people advancing to onsite interviews. 
We can think of several problems that
have happened to us and suggest what
you might do, if it happens to you.

A.  The interested company usually
makes
all the reservations, after
conferring with
you.  If you have to
make the reservations,
get their
written approval first.


B.  EXPENSE REPORT PROTOCOLS
In one long distance flight from coast
to
coast, reimbursement was delayed
more
than a month.  a)What helped
was
promptly sending an expense
report with all, and I mean
all,
receipts taped on sheets of paper

b)
Create a full set of copies of all
paper for your files.

c)I was able to contact a senior
officer of the
company and describe
my problem.  d)With
copies of my
interview itinerary, copy of
my
interview schedule and the receipts,

reimbursement was prompt.

C.  HAND CARRY ESSENTIALS
Another problem can happen if your
bags are mishandled.  Never check
computers,
full text of your
presentation, or clothes
that you
will wear the next day in luggage

that can be misplaced.

D.  BAG PRECAUTIONS
If you have certain items in your
checked bag,
have your name and
cell phone number in
your bag and
outside your bag in a easy
to see
location.  Also, have a unique

colored ribbon or tag on your bag
for easy
spotting.

E.  ALWAYS LOOK GOOD IN
INTERVIEWS
  If you do not have
your needed item in time
for your
interview, purchase an equivalent

replacement.  Save the receipt.  Then,
ask
the company for help (at the end
of the
interview process).  Will they
reimburse or
will they help you in
getting appropriate
reimbursement? 

If you need to leave the airport
without
your bags, (1) seek and
write down the local
baggage office
telephone number and name
of the
supervisor.
(2) Leave information about
your lost bag and number at which you
can
be reached.

See if your credit card company or
homeowner’s insurance will cover loss
of items.  If you purchased the air
travel with
your card it may apply. 
If you purchased
the clothing recently
with your card it may
apply.

Resolving the loss can come down to
not being fully reimbursed by the
airline
for losses.  Consider going to
small claims
court for the difference

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