I've received emails from and have been to at least one interview where the companies were just inviting candidates to interviews to "pad out a candidate roster" as this article mentions.
Companies and institutions will interview people like Alex to pad out a candidate roster only in order to get approval to hire someone they've already chosen for the role. They don't mind wasting job-seekers' time on fake interviews just to satisfy a policy.
I'm in India, and so far, only one company I've encountered, had a policy for booking a taxi/flight for the interviewee. I've seen this and this answer, but my question is about how to filter out such companies so that I won't waste my time and money going through the motions of a fake interview? Are there any tell-tale signs? Should I insist on a telephonic interview first? If I get through the telephonic interview, would it be polite to request for reimbursement of travel expenses?
Could it be construed that it is a candidate's right to have travel reimbursed? I feel it's a company's responsibility to bear the expenses, given the way they stretch out interviews. This would be especially hard on candidates who are out of a job and need to manage expenses carefully.
Few days back I saw this satire on LinkedIn:
Dear HR / Management,
Thanks for shortlisting my CV and calling me for interview. Obviously you must have called many others too.
I need the job so I will definitely attend the F2F interview, but on the following terms and conditions only:
- You will pay my conveyance and other miscellaneous expenses Rs.250/
- You will also pay me Rs.500/- if you take upto 4 hours of time OR Rs. 1000/- if you take more than 4 hours for the interview process.
- The amount must be paid in cash or transferred online before I leave your office premises. There will be 10% hike in 2nd round, and 20% hike for further rounds.
- My bank details are attached herewith, you can add me beneficiary to save time on the interview day.
Kindly confirm your acceptance so that I can plan accordingly.
PS : Pls don't think I have gone mad. This amount I am charging is for silently and unhopefully accepting your five golden words which you are going to say finally. "WE WILL LET YOU KNOW". Also be assured that you can deduct this amount from my first month salary in case I am selected. My money, hopes, pains, frustration, are not free. Hope you can understand. In case you want to save your/my time +money, you can take my telephonic round. It is free. I won't charge anything from you !!!