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Asking to work in a different office for a job interview

So the position I applied for says the position can work in jdtrash04/19/17
Office visit, otherwise it is a waste of time for everybody trollfeeder04/19/17
Screener. You will waste your time driving and parking if yo vohod04/19/17
if it's a deal-breaker, ask at the screener. if it's a stro dingbat04/20/17
Common sense would seem to suggest that if they needed someo mrtor04/20/17
I did this once at the office visit (for me it was a deal br 3rdamendmentscholar04/20/17
jdtrash (Apr 19, 2017 - 7:13 pm)

So the position I applied for says the position can work in either city a and b. I want to work in city c, it wasn't listed as an option but the city has a decent size office. This is for an inhouse job. My field is relatively in demand and it is somewhat hard to find experienced people.

When would you ask if city c is an option? Would you do it in the screener, office visit, or after you receive an offer?

I don't know if I would consider taking this job if city c isn't an option.

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trollfeeder (Apr 19, 2017 - 7:50 pm)

Office visit, otherwise it is a waste of time for everybody involved if it is a dealbreaker.

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vohod (Apr 19, 2017 - 7:54 pm)

Screener. You will waste your time driving and parking if you drop it on them only in the office visit. This sounds an awful lot like delaying, which would PO the interviewer and set a poor assumption on your application.

In my experience certain offices specialize. For example WF's home mortgage is all in Minneapolis, but card services is in Des Moines, ops in Sioux Falls, then high corporate in SF/NYC. Its possible there are simply no people doing what you do at X office--even if 500 people work there.

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dingbat (Apr 20, 2017 - 9:02 am)

if it's a deal-breaker, ask at the screener.
if it's a strong want, but not a deal breaker, wait until you're offered the job

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mrtor (Apr 20, 2017 - 9:32 am)

Common sense would seem to suggest that if they needed someone for office C, they would have posted for office C or at least listed it as an option.

If you want this position, which sounds debatable, I would recommend against even mentioning office C. A rejection of your request puts both of parties in an awkward position, and suggests you are more committed to working in a location rather than working for that employer (not a particularly desirable quality). Transferring can be a discussion for a later time. If you refuse to work for them outside of office C, take a shot knowing the potential consequences.

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3rdamendmentscholar (Apr 20, 2017 - 11:17 am)

I did this once at the office visit (for me it was a deal breaker). The guy told me nothing was available in the office I wanted and was pissed that I wasted his time. YMMV.

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