Post # 1
I posted a while back about landing a phone interview for a job that was a perfect fit for me… Well, the good news is that the phone interview went swimmingly, and I have an in-person interview with them tomorrow! The bad news is that I didn’t realize that the location of the office was actually a 50 minute drive away! (And that is in ideal conditions… Winters are nasty here.) I feel so silly for not realizing this and now I’m stuck going to an all-day interview that includes meeting with 10 different individuals and taking a test. (All for a job I’m not so keen on anymore due to the commute.)
I did do some facebook stalking and it looks like all of the employees live in that city. One even made a public post about moving for her new job… So I doubt that telecommuting is even on the table, but we shall see what happens…
Post # 2
Maybe you could negotiate working from home one day a week. You might also be able to work 4 10 hour days to save one day’s driving. I know 50 minutes commute isn’t bad for some people, but that would be a lot for me too!
Post # 3
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WiredOwl: i did the same once. i actually cancelled the interview because there was no way i personally would do a 75 minute drive daily to that job; i already did driving throughout our county for work so i wanted to avoid that
Post # 4
Thanks for the suggestions! Great ideas, but 10 hour days aren’t doable for me since I have a dog. It’s all or nothing for me. Which makes me feel even more like a buffoon for applying so hastily.
I think I’m past the point of no return now! I wish I’d canceled a few days ago… I hope I at least get bathroom breaks between grilling sessions!
Post # 5
I don’t know if its any help, but I have an hour long drive at minimum and it isn’t as draining as I thought it would be. If you really think you’d like the job, just keep considering it and weigh after the interview if it will be worth the commute or not.
Post # 6
My commute is an hour door to door and I would avoid it if I could – however, I love my job so its worth it.
If this job is perfect for you, then go for it!
Post # 7
I worked somewhere for FOUR years, where my commute was 45 minutes on a good day, and up to 2.5 hours on a bad day (yay beltway traffic!!). It was sometimes horrendous and draining… so I would give it some serious thought before you make this commitment. HOWEVER… if you go for the interview and LOVE the job, it can be worth it. I happened to love my job there, so every day I would leave feeling inspired, happy, and confident, and it helped make the commute manageable.
If you love the company, the salary and the position, I wouldn’t let the commute sway you.
Also: audio books! When I found a book I loved, I genuinely looked forward to my drive! I would grab a coffee or tea, turn on my audio book and enjoy the drive. It actually became one of the better parts of my day. Sure, I had those days where I thought “what have I done??” but I made it work, and it was a very important stepping stone in my career.
One last thing to consider: make sure you factor in the cost of gas, and the mileage on your car. If you are struggling to make up your mind, an expensive monthly gas bill might be worth factoring in.
Good luck with the interview!
Post # 8
annabanana85: thepinkflamingo: cantwaittobeemarried:
Thank you all for your advice! It does make me feel better. I’ll keep reminding myself why I applied in the first place. 🙂
Post # 9
An hour isn’t bad. I agree that if you love your job you’ll be fine. Until a little while ago it was taking me two hours to get to work and two and a half to get home. And I did 12.5 hour shifts! Sounds crazy, but you do get used to it. Here in London though it’s sort of normal to travel for an hour to an hour and a half each way since it’s so expensive to live in London. But you do get used to it.
Post # 10
I used to have a 25 mile/45 minute commute to a holiday job (parents live in the middle of nowehere!) it sounds like a long time, but you soon get used to it and especially if you love you job it’ll be worth it. Definitely second listening to audio books!
Post # 11
I would still go to the interview. An hour isn’t bad, I’ve done it for many years. I don’t anymore, but honestly it’s not that bad.
Post # 12
WiredOwl: I had a (somewhat) similar situation a couple weeks ago. Had a phone interview that went really well and was called back for an in-person. Not the same as your commute problem, but they wanted me to work a schedule that wasn’t going to work for me, and I could be honest with myself and say that I’d be looking for another position as soon as I started. I was excited about the opportunity but knew the schedule would be too much of a drain. I was invited for the phone interview but explained the situation to the hiring manager and let her know that I don’t think I should move forward because of the schedule issue, and she was sooo appreciative of the honesty. Despite the fact that all job interviews are great practice, I knew it was a waste of my time AND hers to do the interview when I was going into it knowing I didn’t want the job. Now I’ve got a great contact at that company who I’ll be able to get in touch with for future job postings who has a lot of respect for me.
Post # 13
I agree with others, my commute is almost 2 hours each way but I love my job and its worth it. I have to commute into the city, and there really arent many jobs that arent in the city that will pay as much.
But if its a definite no-go for you, I would feel bad about wasting everyones time. Good luck.
Post # 14
cantwaittobeemarried: Hmmm let me guess… Houston?
610 is the devil! I live right by it. Awfullllll
Post # 15
WiredOwl: my commute is 40-90 minutes each way. You get used to it. And I LOVE my job, so it’s totally with it For me.