How big of a deal is to not being able to physically interview for positions located outside your present area?
I feel my background and resume turn a lot of heads when applying for the jobs I've been trying to get lately. I match their list of criteria and all, but I worry that preference is never given to me mostly because of my current int'l placement.
I'm curious to know, specifically from HR, when you see a qualified candidate applying for a job, do they often get dismissed because their current location doesn't allow for a face interview? Even after stating I'm entirely open for relocation I feel I'm being looked past because of this.
Thanks for your comments and feedback
It is not a big deal with the advent of SKYPE and Facetime.
Not sure the type of position you are applying for, or in what industry. I know some industries that have full time lawyers working 24 /7 just to bring in foreign nationals and keep VISA's extended.
If you are in a competitive market it may be difficult, not just because of moving expenses, but that they know anyone that is moving is going to take longer to get up to speed than anyone that is local. The risk in you coming and not liking a particular area may be high.
If you have worked in the states, or you have a local tie back to a particular state or region I would suggest working on that angle first. I have found that companies are more open if they know the person is moving back to be with friends and family. It shows you have a support network already and you have a reason for moving there beyond just their company.
Not sure which jobs or organizations you are targeting. The job market is still a bit tight, organizations are conservative with funds, growth, and movement opportunities are slow. Try not to get discouraged. Things will change. Potentially add consulting firms to your target list. These firms include traveling to assignments to accomplish given performance improvement initiatives (e.g., new technology, organization changes, skill development...). It looks like you are in the training field. Keep growing, improving, and expanding these skills. You have a lot of great experience. Keep working at it. You are not alone!!!
I've interviewed and been interviewed via Skype several times. It's really very well accepted these days. For remote screen sharing (I don't know whether you do the kind of work for which this is relevant, but it's getting be be a standard tool), Skype has the functionality built in. I've also had good success with join.me.
From a recruiting standpoint...I think it depends on if the company is offering to pay for relocation or if you are being clear in your communication that you are willing to self-relocate. It's expensive to relocate someone...so most companies will go through everyone who is local first in order to save the money required to move someone.
Also, even if they are intersted in meeting you in person, they would likely feel obligated to fly you in to meet you...which is an additional expense on their part.
On the other hand, I've seen the phone Skype interviews pick up lately. Even with the bad connectsion and slow internet speeds....you still get somewhat of a feel what the person is like...how they present in person and a better feel for their personality and how that personality might fit in your culture.
Sometimes the biggest hurdle is to bypass agencies: a small trick to ease your way into actually talking with a potential employee is to get a Skype phone number which is "local" to a potential employee (http://www.skype.com/en/features/online-number/). Also, why are you specifying your location in the CV in the first place?
Good question. It can be very important, as some companies will specifically state that, unless there is a remote option, you either live in the area, or pay relocation expenses out of pocket. I am totally virtual, so I don't face this problem.
I don't feel this is a big deal in today's environment. Its possible to do Skype, and GOTO meeting interviews which are just as effective.
All organizations are very mindful of costs involved of having candidates undertake unnecessary costs
Tyler - with Skype and other video conferencing and interviewing tools, not being face to face should not be an issue these days. So suggest it to them in your cover letter or note to them.
That said... having someone with international experience, cultural exposure, fluency, etc.. is a huge value add to a business - so are you selling those things to them in your written or verbal correspondence.
More importantly - a recruiter or hiring manager will buy the shirt off your back if you are the person they want... being face to face or international would not stop them... so be sure your messaging on paper and verbally is tight.
Also, do the job positions mention anything about relocation, desire for international experience, etc... if not, as opposed to questioning what could be working against you... ask them about those points - allowing them to inform or advise you.