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Asked by Angela on May 20, 2017

If I am applying for a job that is located in a different state, am I less likely to get the interview? And if so, will I have to pay for the travel expenses?

Answered by Brittany, Hiring Expert at ManpowerGroup, on May 22, 2017

Excellent question.

Many people in today's workforce are looking to other states and cities for job opportunities and it is becoming less taboo. With that being said, always show on your cover letter, emails, LinkedIn profile, etc. that you are interested in relocating. Some recruiters might interpret your application as a mistake if not otherwise specified. It is also safe to not expect your travel expenses to be covered during the interview process. Typically, there is a moving package offered if given the position.

Best of luck in your interviews!

-Bri
former recruiter

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Answered by Jennifer, Hiring Expert at Archer Daniels Midland, on May 23, 2017

In this case, I would write a cover letter and let them know that you are interested in relocation. Having a cover letter that highlights your flexibility to relocate might help land an interview provided your skills and experiences are a fit for the position. Paying for the moving expenses will all depend on if the company has a relocation policy and if this position would be eligible for relocation benefits.
Best of luck!

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Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on May 23, 2017

You'll never know unless you try!  In this ever changing workforce, if you have unique skills that are needed by the company you are applying to, they are looking for you!  Whether or not different companies pay for travel for interviews, relocation or any other costs is going to be different for every organization.  Ask questions and make sure you are on the same page so you won't be surprised by unexpected costs.

Best of luck!

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Answered by Corey, Hiring Expert at BNY Mellon, on August 11, 2017

As technology continues to advance, it is very likely that virtual interviews will gain popularity. It’s important to prepare just like you would for an in-person interview. Dress professionally and speak confidently. However, for a virtual interview, there are a few additional recommendations to consider. For this style of interview, ensure your computer and webcam are functioning properly and be sure to test them prior to your interview. Remember to set your webcam at an angle that will only capture you eliminating background distractions. Additionally, remember to make eye contact with your interviewer even in the virtual setting.

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