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.