- Interview expenses – can this be right?
12p per mile for driving? Seems very stingy even for a public sector type organisation. Wouldn’t mind so much but was a 750 mile round trip so I’m about £80 out of pocket on fuel alone.
Train would have meant an extra day ( and night ) and was nearly 300 for an open return.
Worth querying there ever so helpful hr dept ; ) or should I suck it up and be glad I didn’t get the job?Posted 4 years agoIAMember
Contrary to the above posters, I’ve never _not_ got expenses for attending an interview (well, once was just a bus fare so I didn’t ask for that).
They need an employee as much as I need a job, it’s a (small) part of their recruitment expense. If they’ll not spend that, don’t bode well as an employer?Posted 4 years agokcalSubscriber
I haven’t been for a ‘proper’ interview in many many years — but to be honest if I was travelling for any distance / incurring expenses I’d appreciate the interviewing company to offer. If you’re already in employment, you’ll have taken a day (or more) of holiday time as it is.
On leaving university it was pretty common practice to get expenses, and I think for another round of interviews I had 25 years ago it was the same.
The responses above as regard ‘lucky to get expenses’ I find quite surprising to be honest. Given my current location any interview would involve quite an expense no matter where the job was..Posted 4 years agoglasgowdanMember
I’d not pay someone to come for an interview at my firm.
I’d take what they are offering and don’t make a deal out of it – if you do start to make a fuss how do you think that would affect your chances of getting the job?
One day public sector in this country is going to have to stop wasting money and all those workers who have become accustomed to getting away with it and being ‘entitled’ to everything under the sun are going to be in for a shock.Posted 4 years agotrail_ratMember
Haha snap big dummy except it was an il company in aberdeen and i told them i arrived by bicycle- she looked down at her form and looked surprised and said – ” we have here your address as arbroath” (55 miles away and id moved to aberdeen since i applied)
Couple years later she let slip – well that certainly got you remembered when it came to selection ( it was for graduate positions)Posted 4 years agoWoodySubscriber
One day public sector in this country is going to have to stop wasting money and all those workers who have become accustomed to getting away with it and being ‘entitled’ to everything under the sun are going to be in for a shock.
Oooh can I have one of those jobs while they are still going? Just point me in the right direction please glasgowdan,
I’ve always had my expenses paid too if it involved travelling outside home town.Posted 4 years agobearnecessitiesSubscriber
I can’t believe I’d ever say this, but Drac has posted the right response.
If you are PS, going for a job within the PS, it is classed as concessional, not official. The lower rate then applies, which is 25p or public transport rates.
However, if you are not PS already, I’d join the “suck it up buttercup” crew and be grateful you’re getting paid anything.
12p sounds a bit random though.Posted 4 years agosobrietyMember
I’d not pay someone to come for an interview at my firm.
I’d expect to be reimbursed for my expenses for an interview. In fact I always ask during the interview if the interviewer is not forthcoming about it.
It wouldn’t be a deal breaker, but it would certinally put me off as the type of job I do requires international travel for extended periods, and the subsquent large expense claims, and if they won’t pay the reasonable expense of my interview, what else won’t they pay for??Posted 4 years agoSpudMember
We (public sector) no longer pay interview expenses. And about time too. An individual finds vacancy, knows where it is, applies, is lucky enough to get an interview and they should be prepared to travel for it.Posted 4 years ago
We’re looking after public money. And for the comments above about getting it all, wasting money etc etc – clearly never worked in the public sector and don’t appreciate the hammer it is currently under.glasgowdanMember
Spud I know many people in public sector and the stories shock me. People spending time chatting away to all including management about everything BUT work, extended lunch breaks, skype chats with colleagues on holidays during work time, management approving unreasonable requests for paid time off including staff who don’t even call to say they’re having a sick day, random ‘bonus’ payments from a past era that haven’t been sorted out… one ongoing cost saving exercise has ran to £10M WITHIN ONE ORGANISATION! And it is only part way through. Staff claiming ancient overtime rates that should have been changed years ago but have been let slip. Free Occup Health visits to help with personal problems that they don’t even bother to attend.
I haven’t worked in public sector for a while, which is perhaps why I have a more realistic grip on how to run an efficient organisation.
This hammer that you’re suffering under hasn’t even brought you close to the way an efficient private company runs. Be prepared for more ‘pain’!Posted 4 years agojohnnersMember
I’ve never understood why people expect expenses for the opportunity of getting a job.
I think them having to pay reasonable expenses may focus their attention on finding the best candidates rather than padding out the sift with numpties to make their preferred (internal) candidate look adequate. If they won’t pay reasonable expenses maybe you’re not a plausible candidate?Posted 4 years agojohnnersMember
This hammer that you’re suffering under hasn’t even brought you close to the way an efficient private company runs. Be prepared for more ‘pain’!
– can’t say I’ve ever come across any large private company which is any better than the Public Sector, but I’ve really only had experience in Aerospace, Defence and IT. Maybe the teeny wee ones are great.Posted 4 years agounknownSubscriber
padding out the sift with numpties to make their preferred (internal) candidate look adequate
I can honestly say I’ve never once done this is any of the hundreds of vacancies I’ve recruited for, I’ve little enough time for interviewing as it is. Doubt any of my colleagues have either. Everywhere I’ve worked has had a rigorous process for identifying and offering suitable internal candidates before even looking externally.
In general of you think you’re a top quality candidate, in short supply and would be doing a favour by interviewing for a company then ask for expenses. Otherwise be aware that there are almost always plenty of other candidates just as good as you who won’t quibble over a few quid.
It’s also worth noting that those with a genuine need for expenses, i.e. those on jobseeker’s allowance, can claim at the cost of the taxpayer.Posted 4 years agoPeterPoddyMember
It’s also worth noting that those with a genuine need for expenses, i.e. those on jobseeker’s allowance, can claim at the cost of the taxpayer.
This exactly.Posted 4 years ago
In my whole like I’ve never even HEARD of someone getting interview expenses until this thread, apart from those on JSA. To my mind it’s a laughable concept.
Wild guess – These are well paid jobs we’re talking about? People that can afford fuel in their new Audis.
I’ve been made redundant two Decembers in a row now and I can imagine the response if have got asking for expenses walking into a bike mechanics interview…..
Hmmm not sure about well paid job for an Audi driver. It was a middle management post and i’m a part time Msc student and taxi driver. . .
No that bothered about the money but every other professional interview i’ve been for has paid enough to at least cover fuel. I guess I was just a bit taken back by the approach of this one employer (though the public sector in Scotland was supposed to be more generous than the down here ; )Posted 4 years ago
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