[Photo of Little Bird to help me calm my shit down]
Hey chums, I haven't been around much for the last couple of weeks because of visiting family in glorious New England. Part of the trip involved a job interview by Skype for a position in the general area (like fivehours drive, which normally I would have driven that distance for an in-person but I found out the day we left on vacation), and yay they want me to do a second interview!
However there is also non-yay. At the first interview, when they asked if I would be available to do a second interview in person if they liked me, they said it in such a way (I can't remember the exact phrasing) that implied it would be in the next few days, when I was still within a few hour's driving distance. However, I didn't hear back from them before vacation was up and I headed back to Georgia. So I'm looking at flights, but not only are they for the most part more than I can afford, but the one that is affordable (but would still be major ouch for the budget) doesn't work with the interview time in their letter.
Travelling to an in-person interview - or at least, having difficulty doing so - isn't something that has come up for me before, so I'm not sure on the business etiquette here. So here are my questions, O Knowing-Stuff Types:
1) Can I say "I would really super-duper love to come for an interview but I cannot afford the travel [even though I said I would be available for an in-person interview]" and request another Skype interview?
2) Can I say "I would really super-duper love to come for an interview but the only flight I can get [leave out affordability as a factor?] does not work with the interview time, can we move the time to earlier in the day?"
3) If neither of those is acceptable, what is the best way to say "I'm sorry but I just can't" to a prospective employer?
4) If #2 IS acceptable, I know that travel/moving expenses for a new job can be claimed on tax returns. But what if you don't get the job?
5) If #1 IS acceptable, any tips for Skype interviews? Since they would be doing me a massive favor I would want to be as awesome as possible both in my presentation and making it easy/enjoyable/helpful for them.
6) If I DO get the job, OMG MOVING A HOUSE A HUSBAND A KID A CAT AND ALL OF HUSBAND'S KNICKKNACKS THREE DAYS' DRIVE AWAY TO A CITY WHERE I DON'T KNOW ANYONE HOW DO I FIND A PLACE TO LIVE HOW DO I FIND A SCHOOL HOW DO I ADULT AAAAAAAAHHHH. Trying not to lose my shit about this currently-hypothetical situation.
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