I've been searching for a new job as a software developer in the last few weeks and have noticed that in every single one of the interviews there's a pattern.
First, there's a "get to know you" interview with a HR representative, where I'm asked things like who do I live with, what do I expect of the position I'm being interviewed for, which were my past professional experiences and things like that.
After this interview with HR, there will most likely be a techinical interview.
The problem is that I'm searching for a job in a specific part of town. To get there, I have to leave earlier (and lose almost the whole afternoon) and come in later (and lost most of the morning), since my current company is kinda far from where I'm interviewing and I need to use public transportation.
So, would it be unprofessional, impolite or come off as if I didn't want the job that much if I ask if there really is a need for an in-person interview or if we could use the phone or skype?
Edit: I work as a web developer in Brazil.