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Random Callback Questions

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Aug 21, 2011 8:15 pm

Have a couple of small questions for upcoming CBs and figured I would start a thread for the small/ mostly meaningless questions.

1. Some of the firms I have CBs with have put a typical meal on the schedule, but 2 of the firms have not mentioned anything. Is it 100% standard practice to have some sort of meal? One of the CBs is at 2 and lasts 2 1/2 hrs, so it sort of falls into a non existent meal time.

2. What is standard practice for hotel rooms? Is it appropriate to stay the night after your CB if you have an afternoon CB or is it expected that you clear out of town once you are finished? I'm traveling to Boston from DC. There is an overnight train back.

3. Is it a good idea to tell firms that you have other interviews in whatever city when scheduling callbacks or do you just work around their schedule and keep what you have going on quiet.

Thanks!

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Re: Random Callback Questions

Postby agm82 » Sun Aug 21, 2011 8:18 pm

1. eat burger and fries wherever you go, that's what I did
2. clear out is what I'd imagine, its not an opportunity for you to explore the city
3. yeah tell them everything you've got - hiring partners will never know, these recruiters aren't "impressed" - they're just trying to work out the logistics.

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Re: Random Callback Questions

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Aug 21, 2011 8:20 pm

Anonymous User wrote:Have a couple of small questions for upcoming CBs and figured I would start a thread for the small/ mostly meaningless questions.

1. Some of the firms I have CBs with have put a typical meal on the schedule, but 2 of the firms have not mentioned anything. Is it 100% standard practice to have some sort of meal? One of the CBs is at 2 and lasts 2 1/2 hrs, so it sort of falls into a non existent meal time.

2. What is standard practice for hotel rooms? Is it appropriate to stay the night after your CB if you have an afternoon CB or is it expected that you clear out of town once you are finished? I'm traveling to Boston from DC. There is an overnight train back.

3. Is it a good idea to tell firms that you have other interviews in whatever city when scheduling callbacks or do you just work around their schedule and keep what you have going on quiet.

Thanks!


1) If they don't mention it, probably no meal.

2) I'm traveling 6 hours via pane for a callback that ends at 4:30, and the travel coordinator automatically booked me a second night at the hotel. With time difference, I would have gotten home at 4 in the morning, and the firm should probably be generous enough to spare you from that.

3) They'd prefer it because they save $ by splitting costs

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Re: Random Callback Questions

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Aug 21, 2011 8:21 pm

When scheduling a CB in Boston, the firm seemed to expect me to go up and back in one day until I told them I had another scheduled the following morning. My trip is shorter, however (coming from NYC), so YMMV. Also, it seems to me that flying rather than Amtrak is the way to go for that trip; is that an option?

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Re: Random Callback Questions

Postby frost » Sun Aug 21, 2011 9:00 pm

There's no meal if you schedule your CBs later in the afternoon. I started doing that last year after a particularly awkward CB lunch so that I could avoid the meal and get out in 2 hours rather than 4.

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Re: Random Callback Questions

Postby azntwice » Sun Aug 21, 2011 9:02 pm

Anonymous User wrote:When scheduling a CB in Boston, the firm seemed to expect me to go up and back in one day until I told them I had another scheduled the following morning. My trip is shorter, however (coming from NYC), so YMMV. Also, it seems to me that flying rather than Amtrak is the way to go for that trip; is that an option?


For a NY to Boston trip, I would even say bus... flying and amtrak are both very expensive options for what is generally seen as a pretty inexpensive trip.

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Re: Random Callback Questions

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Aug 21, 2011 9:05 pm

azntwice wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:When scheduling a CB in Boston, the firm seemed to expect me to go up and back in one day until I told them I had another scheduled the following morning. My trip is shorter, however (coming from NYC), so YMMV. Also, it seems to me that flying rather than Amtrak is the way to go for that trip; is that an option?


For a NY to Boston trip, I would even say bus... flying and amtrak are both very expensive options for what is generally seen as a pretty inexpensive trip.

Right, I was referring to the DC --> BOS trip. For the record, the firm wanted me to fly from NYC initially but I asked for the train instead.




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