Two weeks ago, I applied to a job located in LA (I live in the east coast). There was no section dedicated to the relocation issue; I just mentioned my willingness to move as a side note on the application.
One week ago, I was contacted by the company for a video interview. I mentioned during the interview that I live in the east coast and that I'm willing to relocate. The HR manager nodded her head and told me that she'd highlight this on my application. She didn't mention that they were looking exclusively for people located in LA.
The HR sent me afterwards an assignment to work on. I handed the assignment two days ago and she told me I'd hear back from them in a week.
While I was doing my research on the company in case they contacted me on a short notice for a second interview, I found the director of the hiring department wrote this on her LinkedIn profile:
[Company Name] is looking for a Ruby Developer (based in LA).
Now, I don't know if she meant the position is based in LA, or the person applying should be based in LA. Seems unclear to me.
I was thinking about sending an email to the HR manager to ask her about this, and mention that I'll be willing to relocate from my own pocket if they don't typically provide compensation for relocation.
Should I send this email? My worry is that I might not get the job because I'm not located in LA. Should I highlight the fact that I will be immediately available and willing to relocate on my own?
I've been following the company for a year now. I really want to join them and I'm aware of their work philosophy and the projects they work on. I already highlighted that in the assignment I've been given.