For the third round of interview at a well known financial company X, I was asked to visit their office location. But they did not buy me ticket nor they offered to buy hotel but they explicitly said (on the phone and in the email) they will compensate for all expenses. I made the airline and hotel reservations myself, interviewed there for more than five hours and gave them copies of all the receipts and expenses at the end of the interview. I have not heard back after more than a month.

I decided to accept another job offer in another city and I wanted to send an email to two recruiters (or HR people) I was in contact with company X describing the situation. I am wondering 1) is this situation typical or normal and 2) how to politely explain the situation to those HR people so I would still be compensated for the travel expenses.

  • do you still have the original receipts or any proof that you took care for the accommodations yourself? – LaughU Dec 6 '18 at 7:58
  • @LaughU yes, I do have all original receipts. The thing that I don't understand is this company is the in top 3 largest financial companies in the U.S. It is not a startup or anything. – Node.JS Dec 6 '18 at 8:01

All you can do is:

Send a polite email to the company in question. CC everyone.

Dear friends, regarding the 5hr interview of Date Date, here again are the airfare and hotel invoices. Thanks, John Smith

Simply send this every two days until they pay up.

It is tough but it is always worth remembering the lesson:

they explicitly said (on the phone and in the email) they will compensate for all the expenses

talkity talk-talk wordy-mouthy talk-talk wordies mean:


Absolutely nothing.


  • 1
    Man your answers rock! – Hanky Panky Dec 6 '18 at 7:46
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    LOL dude!!!!!! ;) – Fattie Dec 6 '18 at 7:56
  • takes all types eh? :) – Fattie Dec 6 '18 at 7:57

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