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​Ask to Split the Cost of Your Next Interview if You Have to Travel

​Ask to Split the Cost of Your Next Interview if You Have to Travel

Sometimes you get a potentially great job opportunity, but you have to travel to go to an interview. Consider asking the interviewer to split some of the costs before agreeing to attend.

Over at Ask the Headhunter they tackle the question of who foots the bill for a job interview: the applicant or the employer. Usually with entry-level jobs, this isn’t an issue. But when recruiters contact you for a very specific skill set, things are different. These employers know you aren’t local and travel usually comes later in the interview process. First interviews are usually over email or skype these days, so the employer already has a strong interest if you are invited for an out-of-town interview.

They may decline to pay the expenses upfront, but just like every aspect of the hiring process, this denial is negotiable. When you pay the expenses upfront, you take on all the risk. If you’ve been out of work for a period of time, you may not have the money to pay airfare, hotel, and meals. Ask the Headhunter has a nice compromise to propose to your potential employer:

Split the costs into portions that each of you pay up front, and settle the rest later. For example, make them this offer: If they pre-pay the airline ticket, you will pay for the hotel and meals and then submit for reimbursement. That way you don’t get stuck holding the entire bag, even if they ignore your requests later. Of course, if they decline to front any costs for your trip, you must decide whether to gamble. My advice is: Don’t. A company that won’t pay to fly you out is trouble.

Check out the link for other ways to maximize your opportunities when interviewing for a position out of town.

Make interview travel pay off | Ask the Headhunter

Photo by Alan Cleaver.

​Ask to Split the Cost of Your Next Interview if You Have to Travel

​Ask to Split the Cost of Your Next Interview if You Have to Travel

Sometimes you get a potentially great job opportunity, but you have to travel to go to an interview. Consider asking the interviewer to split some of the costs before agreeing to attend.

Over at Ask the Headhunter they tackle the question of who foots the bill for a job interview: the applicant or the employer. Usually with entry-level jobs, this isn’t an issue. But when recruiters contact you for a very specific skill set, things are different. These employers know you aren’t local and travel usually comes later in the interview process. First interviews are usually over email or skype these days, so the employer already has a strong interest if you are invited for an out-of-town interview.

They may decline to pay the expenses upfront, but just like every aspect of the hiring process, this denial is negotiable. When you pay the expenses upfront, you take on all the risk. If you’ve been out of work for a period of time, you may not have the money to pay airfare, hotel, and meals. Ask the Headhunter has a nice compromise to propose to your potential employer:

Split the costs into portions that each of you pay up front, and settle the rest later. For example, make them this offer: If they pre-pay the airline ticket, you will pay for the hotel and meals and then submit for reimbursement. That way you don’t get stuck holding the entire bag, even if they ignore your requests later. Of course, if they decline to front any costs for your trip, you must decide whether to gamble. My advice is: Don’t. A company that won’t pay to fly you out is trouble.

Check out the link for other ways to maximize your opportunities when interviewing for a position out of town.

Make interview travel pay off| Ask the Headhunter

Photo by Alan Cleaver.

Watch This Motorcycle Racer’s Bike Completely Explode Into A Fireball

Caterham Moto2 driver Johann Zarco went off track at the Sachsenring Circuit today, and you can practically see his disbelief of what happened through the back of his head. It’s either disbelief or a pleasant surprise, as he seems to be happy he wasn’t on that flaming beast.

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​Consolidate Your Credit Card Gift Cards with Google Wallet

​Consolidate Your Credit Card Gift Cards with Google Wallet

The next time you have a few dollars left on one of those prepaid credit card-based gift cards, consolidate those odd dollars and cents into your Google Wallet account.

Google has detailed steps on adding a credit card to your Google Wallet Balance, which you’ll need to follow to add your prepaid credit card info. Find out how much is left on the prepaid card by following the instructions on the gift card. Usually you have to go to a web site and type in the card’s number.

After you add the prepaid card to your Google Wallet, choose Add to Wallet Balance and then add whatever is left on the card. Google says they’ll charge you a 2.9% fee to do this with a minimum of 30 cents. Until July 16th, 2014 they are waiving that fee for the first $250 transferred. That fee waiver or the deadline may not apply to your account, so be sure to check.

Take those depleted cards and try some of these clever uses.

Use Google Wallet to transfer balances of debit gift cards to your bank account| Reddit

Was There Ever Any Doubt?

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Russia’s new tram is a Batmobile on the outside, tech hub on the inside

Many trams are memorable, but they tend to evoke nostalgia rather than embrace the future. You can’t accuse UralVagonZavod (UVZ) of being behind the times with its new Russia One, though. To begin with, it looks like the Batmobile on a closed track…

Motorcycle Sidecar Racing Is The Craziest Type Of Racing

Welcome to Sunday Matinee, where we highlight classic car reviews or other longer videos I find on YouTube. Kick back and enjoy this blast from the past.

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Check Out the Best From This Week’s Open Thread

Check Out the Best From This Week's Open Thread

Ford Reportedly Might Be Planning A Return To Le Mans

Ford Reportedly Might Be Planning A Return To Le Mans

Ford’s last real serious factory effort at Le Mans came in the 1960s, when it dominated for four years in a row with the mighty GT40s. And now, it might be coming back. And it’s not what you think.

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In honor of their maybe-possible return, 10 essential Strong Bad e-mails

Surprise! Strong Bad, it’s me! Homestar Runner! From school!

Homestar Runner co-creator Matt Chapman made a bunch of 20- and 30-somethings happy when he said earlier this week that the cartoon could be making a comeback later this year following a successful experiment on April Fools’ Day. If you watched the cartoons during their heyday, the news probably sent you down a nostalgic rabbit hole where you spent two hours re-watching all of your favorite episodes.

If you happened to miss out on Homestar during its peak, here’s what you need to know: creators Matt and Mike Chapman made a lot of different Flash cartoons for the site, but the most popular were Strong Bad E-mails, also called “sbemails.” Every week, Strong Bad (the luchador-looking guy in the picture above) picked a different fan-submitted e-mail to answer, and hilarity ensued. The site was updated regularly throughout the early 2000s before becoming more irregular later in the decade, and updates mostly ceased in 2009 as the Chapman brothers moved on to other projects.

We’ve combed through the archive and assembled 10 Strong Bad e-mails that do a pretty good job of showing what this odd Internet cartoon could be at its best. It’s impossible to call out all of the good ones, but if these hook you the complete collection is still available here.

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