been invited for interview - to london and they're paying

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Found 1st Aug 2008
I am applying for graduate jobs atm
1 i have applied for and gone through a series of tests for have invited me to an interview in London. they know I am from Northern Ireland - and have arranged and paid for flights for me and are picking me up at the airport. got the flight confirmation today and they are costing over £300.
it feels kinda surreal and I'm wondering is this normal for companies to pay for flights to an interview??
the company is pretty normal really- retail, employs 26k people - profits 100m a year - grad programme salary 24k
anyone know if this is normal? had similar experiences?

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I went to an interview for a large food retailer in London for a placement role, and they refunded all the applicants travel expenses. It just depends on the company really.

Original Poster

tx for reply - was it in middlesex?

Im not sure if it was Middlesex or not, they are based north of London is East Finchley

Original Poster

ah ok another company

Good luck with the interview

profits 100m a year

not ba then

and yeh good luck :thumbsup:

Sounds like they're keen. Good luck.

Original Poster

thanks all

Make the most of it, they clearly feel you have something worth paying for, so build on it.

Many decades ago, police paid for a full 4 days for me to go to Hendon. In the end I was rejected (not sporty enough!) but I will never forget those few days....I was only 17. On my way to the station I had an hour to spare and went to the V&A museum...I still have the earings I bought that day based on a current exhibition of victorian art, cannot part with them

Original Poster

thanks very much - funny thing is I am not that keen on the job as i was accepted onto another program last week. but when they said they were paying for an interview in London I thought it was worth a look.

In my industry, it is the accepted norm. I never bothered to accept money, but had plenty of friends who went to European HQs for interviews were obviously refunded for all travel costs and expenses.

ciaozammer;2654337

thanks very much - funny thing is I am not that keen on the job as i was … thanks very much - funny thing is I am not that keen on the job as i was accepted onto another program last week. but when they said they were paying for an interview in London I thought it was worth a look.



Always wise as well to keep your options open and all good interviewing practice and confidence building even if you are not as keen on the job, you are doing the right thing!

All the best regardless with the interview......:thumbsup:

Which retailer's are based in Middlesex? I only know of Boots...

Working for a major retailer I can only say that with regards recruitment/people if the right HR/Line Management are involved they will understand that 'talent' is the most important part of recruitment.
I recently went to Dublin with work for one night and the whole trip cost me less than my return train ticket to the Midlands for a hour meeting!

I was told the cost of employing the wrong professional in the buildind industry works out at £100k.

Hope u get the job

The DSA paid for my travel and overnight stay for a driving examiner interview, so its normal, cost em £150+ got through that then its a 4 week training course paid around £1500+ criminal records check as well. Thats a pass fail course so they do invest large sums, put with the cost of the theory test and extended driving test in their car and so on. just waitin for a darn vacancy now grrr

Go for it and enjoy :thumbsup:
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