I'm a contracting software tester, and looking to return to permanent work. During a 12 week period of unemployment, a London-based Financial Technology start-up found my CV and invited me for an interview. The role was to replace the Lead Tester there, as they were moving abroad.
I completed a one-hour phone interview, a one-hour technical test before attending a two-stage face-to-face interview (lasting six hours) and met six people from different areas of the business, including the Senior Developers, Technical Leads and a Co-founder.
Everything was going really well, they found me "really easy to get on with and very personable, and thought that I would do a good job as part of a broader team. Further, my broader ‘BA-type’ skills would definitely be an asset."
So, not including the four hours travelling, I'd spent eight hours being interviewed and approximately £70 on train fares.
In the end, the Lead Tester decided to stay, the position closed and was taken off the market.
I really wanted the job so took the time, money and effort as part of the process. But, as the role was closed and not awarded to anyone, should I ask for some sort of compensation? Is it OK to ask about travel allowances after attending an interview?