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Negotiating interview duration

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Q. I’m pursuing an exciting job at a software firm. It’s two hours from my house. If I got the job, I’d probably move closer, but right now they keep calling me back for more interviews. I’ve had to drive there four times just to meet different people. They keep saying there are more people for me to meet. Should I insist on only one more visit?

A. It depends how badly you want the job. It’s risky to give an ultimatum when you’re a job candidate, although if you politely explain that you’d prefer to minimize the number of long drives during the interview process, perhaps you can talk them into making a decision after your next visit. The way a company treats you during this phase can prove revealing. If you feel that your time is devalued, that’s a clue as to how you might like working there. Also: Think seriously now about whether you’d relocate. If you didn’t, you’d have a four-hour commute.

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