I'm looking to hire a part time employee. I looked on Craigslist and saw a resume that looked like a good candidate. One thing that concerned me was all of his positions were in Maryland and Washington DC. My company is located in Virginia.
I emailed the candidate asking if he was interested in a part time position in my city and for a copy of his resume. I received the resume from the candidate and he looks like he might be a decent fit for the position.
His home address is listed on his resume and it's on the exact opposite side of the DC Beltway. For those of you who don't know, the DC Beltway is considered to have the worst traffic in the country.
I Google Mapped the drive from his home address to our office. Google said 1 hour, but I'm fairly sure that's the best possible time. In reality, it would be much worse with Beltway traffic. Depending on the time he left, I would guess 1.5 hours would be more realistic for an accident free commute.
I don't want to dismiss someone on the potential of a bad commute, but I know how bad Beltway traffic is. I also know people think they can handle a long commute but can't and eventually leave. I have been in that exact situation and it is extremely stressful.
What is the best way to bring up the subject of a long commute in an interview? What questions should I ask?
I'm adding to my question, as I want to clarify some info.
First off, I don't want to hire someone, invest time, effort, and training to have them realize they don't want to do that commute. I've seen it happen before and it wastes everyone's time.
If he were to drive here with no traffic, that would take 1 hour. I would estimate that with regular rush hour traffic, it would take a minimum of 1.5 hours. However, accidents, road work, whatever, it will take much longer. I have seen it take 3-4 hours sometimes to go that distance if there is an accident. I was stuck on the Beltway in one spot for 4 hours - didn't move an inch.
Flex time is not really an option. The position is for a PC support tech. I need him there when the office opens, in case there are issues first thing in the morning. That would mean, he would have to leave during rush hour to get there between 8-9. Also, he won't be able to get in the office until the doors open, so he can't come early.
I checked with some friends of mine who do HR. They said it is perfectly legal and acceptable to consider commute time when hiring an employee.
Anyways, I did schedule him for an interview. Who knows, maybe he will be amazing and won't mind the commute. I wanted to schedule him at 9AM, but he didn't get back to me in time and another candidate requested that slot, so I gave it to her.
Well, the interviewee was a no-show. So in the end, all this was for naught.