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kbui
February 7th, 2014, 12:30
Is anyone else finding themselves spending way more money than they expected to fly out to the interviewing site, clothes, and accommodations?

word
February 7th, 2014, 12:44
I did (though I drove for six hours; I didn't fly). Spent too much on the suit and WAY too much on the hotel room next to the interview location the night before.

It was totally worth it.

Jiggit
February 7th, 2014, 12:48
Remember a suit is something you'll almost certainly have later use for, especially if you're a man. Especially if you come to Japan.

kbui
February 7th, 2014, 13:09
I'm kind of in a special circumstance because I actually moved from MN to CA. But then on the weekend of the interview I'll be training in TX, so I'll have to fly to IL and then back to CA. So I'm spending a LOT of money... especially for a hotel that's close to the site. And it's my birthday weekend too... So many things happening!

dstin
February 7th, 2014, 14:54
I'm dropping 1200usd on the flight from SK back to the US for the interview, but I've already got a suit(I think I will get some new pants) and have family that live near my interview site so it's going to be cheaper than I expected.

AVN
February 7th, 2014, 21:02
I flew back from Japan for mine. My suitcase was "lost" by Chicago (damn them that was a rough day) and so I had to buy a new suit just in case it didn't get to me in time.
I was only home for less than a week. Thankfully I was able to spend some of it with family but the night of the interview I stayed at a nearby hotel because I had to go back to Japan the next day at 6am.

TomOmnomnom
February 9th, 2014, 00:22
YES. I think I must have spent north of £250 on my interview. This included travel costs and a few outfit. I guess you ought to be in the frame of mind that you'll make the money back in about six months time

johnny
February 9th, 2014, 01:35
It cost me $2.75 CAD to make it out to my interview. I lived about half an hour away by public transit from the interview site.

I had to have my suit tailored for the interview, but I had a credit with the tailor so it was free.

Shiro_Kuma
February 9th, 2014, 02:07
Train journey cost me the most (which to its tradition was late by 2 hours... yay floods!). I managed to get a into a cheap hotel two stops away from the interview site on the underground. Suit wise, I have a thing for them so I really didn't need to buy a new one since it was only worn twice (hurrah for weddings!). I could have stayed with my family in London, but they are too far away and I would never have woken up in time to reach the interview.

But needless to say, I did have to fork out nearly £100 for the whole thing.

kbui
February 9th, 2014, 04:33
I've already spent almost $450 for plane tickets, so it's getting a bit expensive. I'm still looking for a place to stay--which, hopefully one of my friends can help me procure--for free. Either way, this interview is going to be so fun! I've been preparing for it for a while now.

Jamie Solo
February 9th, 2014, 07:11
Mine cost around £200 between the train ticket and everything. My interview was quite late in the day so I luckily didn't have to pay for a hotel.

littleanemonefish
February 9th, 2014, 11:16
Clothing only, which I'm spending quite a bit on, but not too much, probably under $300 total, and having a suit is gonna be good in the future. I would almost say the clothing doesn't count, since I would have bought it, or some other clothing anyways. I'm close enough to Seattle that I can drive to a park and ride and take a 30 minute bus to get to the consulate there. My sister has two bus passes, so I'm gonna use one of hers and not spend any money on that. Depending on how you look at it, you could say $0.

SticksPrime
February 10th, 2014, 00:36
Mine will cost less than AUD$50 (USD$60) with most of that being lunch and a train ticket being $10. It's a 45-minute train ride, a 5-minute walk to the embassy and a 10-minute walk to the station from home, and considering my interview is at 2pm, I'll get there and have some lunch before the interview.
I wear suits (all suits are tailored for me, tall and thin with wide shoulders) everyday to the lab that I work in so formal wear is no problem. I might have to dish out $5 for new shoe polish.

par92186
February 10th, 2014, 10:28
Flight from Busan, SK - Hagatna, Guam = $800USD
Hotel for 4 nights (if i'm spending $800 for an interview, i'm going to at least enjoy some sun and beach time) = $330
Suit/Tailor/Shoes,etc = $600

Total = $1,730

Hopefully not sleeping through my alarm on my interviewing date = PRICELESS

Teishou
February 10th, 2014, 15:59
...Yeah, you have fun with that.

par92186
February 10th, 2014, 16:13
...Yeah, you have fun with that.

...I...will...?

therealwindycity
February 10th, 2014, 16:29
I was lucky enough to live within walking distance of my consulate, but it ended up costing me after graduation because I couldn't change my departure from my interview location (by my university) to the one near my hometown.

Illuria
February 10th, 2014, 22:34
I spent...very little actually. I only spent about £20, I had the suit already, I managed to get pretty cheap train tickets from Birmingham to London and my interview was around midday so the 2.5hour train journey wasn't too early to necessitate a hotel. It's a good job actually because my money situation is dire right now so I couldn't have afforded to do much more.

HorseFeathers
February 15th, 2014, 07:48
I bought my outfit at a Black Friday sale. Not a suit but I hope it still works. It looks business formal at least (black slacks, white shirt and a black cardigan). I'm afraid I don't have enough money to actually buy a dress suit. I think I spent about 50 dollars on it and my dress shoes as a whole.

I have to get my nails and hair done so that will probably be a bit costly too. Thankfully my parents are offering to pay for that.

And I'm taking the metro to my location so... that will be about ten bucks round trip. I'm just lucky to live nearby my interview site. I am personally very broke (snow days are killing my paycheck) right now so I'm pinching pennies to make this work.

AVN
February 15th, 2014, 12:37
I bought my outfit at a Black Friday sale. Not a suit but I hope it still works. It looks business formal at least (black slacks, white shirt and a black cardigan). I'm afraid I don't have enough money to actually buy a dress suit. I think I spent about 50 dollars on it and my dress shoes as a whole.

I have to get my nails and hair done so that will probably be a bit costly too. Thankfully my parents are offering to pay for that.

And I'm taking the metro to my location so... that will be about ten bucks round trip. I'm just lucky to live nearby my interview site. I am personally very broke (snow days are killing my paycheck) right now so I'm pinching pennies to make this work.
I'm sure if your hair is washed, and pulled back, or nicely brushed out that's enough for the interview. As to your nails, as long as they're not ragged, bright green or dirty I think you'll be fine. If you're really looking to save money I wouldn't worry about getting your hair and nails done.

AVN
February 15th, 2014, 12:41
...I...will...?

Good! Make sure you enjoy the trip home too, no matter how short, to make the money more worthwhile!

grub
February 16th, 2014, 20:44
Just spent money on some clothes and a train ticket. I'm lucky that the consulate is very close to where I live/go to uni. It's roughly a 30 minute trip with a short walking distance.

Gizmotech
February 17th, 2014, 16:41
I do feel bad for people who had to travel a significant distance to the interview site.

spman2099
February 21st, 2014, 02:52
I spent...

$130 on a hotel room (closer to $160 after taxes and tips).

$20 for dinner the night before and lunch the say after.

$50 for two hair cuts (the first one I liked a lot, but I couldn't "style" it properly and I couldn't make it look professional like my hair dresser did, so I got another easier to maintain cut).

$120 for a tie, belt, and new pair of shoes (the tie was expensive, the belt was free with the tie due to an accessory promotion, and the shoes were on a crazy sale).

So, it wasn't really that bad. Especially when you consider that I needed the belt, tie, and shoes.

Shincantsen
February 21st, 2014, 04:32
I spent quite a bit when I interviewed (I don't remember how much, but I had a 4ish hour drive there, hotel room, and food costs). I don't think that's so unreasonable though, because even now, as a grown up real person, I've spend money to interview for jobs that I want. It does suck to have to spend a lot/travel a long ways, particularly when other people don't have to do that stuff, but it's pretty par for the course when job hunting.

TheDoctor
February 21st, 2014, 09:29
Flight from Busan, SK - Hagatna, Guam = $800USD
Hotel for 4 nights (if i'm spending $800 for an interview, i'm going to at least enjoy some sun and beach time) = $330
Suit/Tailor/Shoes,etc = $600

Total = $1,730

Hopefully not sleeping through my alarm on my interviewing date = PRICELESS


Hope you get it, Guam only hires 1 person. Granted only like 4 people will interview though.

jmejia019
February 22nd, 2014, 04:49
$50 in gas
$120 hotel
$10 dinner (takeout)
$0 hotel breakfast
$15 lunch
$10 last minute passport photo for voucher.
I was lucky enough to manage free parking.
I don't really consider my clothing/haircut costs since they were things I had to get/use anyways (my workplace is business casual and business professional on important days. I did buy a new suit, but had shoes, tie and shirt already.

LaVie
February 22nd, 2014, 04:56
$0 ride to DC (friend of the family brought me)
$85 for the bus ride back to PA
$15 for a haircut
Around $4 for public transport round trip to Embassy and back
$12 for the passport photo
$12 for an umbrella as it started pouring down rain right before the walk from DuPont circle to the Embassy.

Not including the price of meals or public transport for the rest of my stay here, though it is adding up a bit :P but that's just luxury travel.

epikzwei
February 22nd, 2014, 06:59
$0 to interview site (if you don't count the $70 monthly bus pass I already have)
$5 for passport photos (though now I want to retake them because I look like a slob)
$20 for a new shirt

Cutthroat-finch
February 22nd, 2014, 07:11
I ended up spending a lot.

$850 on clothes (a suit, shirt, tie, and alterations. It was buy one get one free on everything so at least that made me feel a bit better)
$50 on toll bridges/gas
$300 on hotel room (I could have gone for a cheaper room but I decided to upgrade since I've never stayed in the city before)
$20ish on food while there
$25 passport photo (For some reason I decided to get the picture taken before I shaved/got a haircut so I had to get another picture taken)

par92186
February 22nd, 2014, 15:52
Hope you get it, Guam only hires 1 person. Granted only like 4 people will interview though.

Wow only 1?! My interview is at 2pm, so I'm assuming I'm the last one of the day. Thanks for the heads up. I gotta bring my "A" game for sure (not that I wasn't planning not to, but even more so now)

:)


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pahandav
February 23rd, 2014, 08:58
It wasn't too expensive.

$40 or so on gas.
$115 for the hotel (Greektown Casino had a deal on the room and I got free parking.)
$40 on dry cleaning.
$.69 for getting the photo printed.
$30 on food/pop.
$1.50 for the people mover.
And $25 in the casino.

So yeah, it's not too expensive if you interview in a cheaper city like Detroit.

Beer Baron
February 25th, 2014, 00:45
I flew from Belfast to Edinburgh for mine. Stayed in a B&B within walking distance of the consulate. Met up with some Scottish mates of mine and had a look around Edinburgh while I was there. Even if I didnt get the job I would have enjoyed the city break anyway.

kbui
March 3rd, 2014, 13:14
Actually, my interview didn't cost as much as I anticipated. I stayed with a friend in downtown Chicago for the nights I was there so no need for a hotel, but the cab fairs added up to around $30. And then we ate at a couple restaurants, and then I had to pay for public transportation from the airport to his place and to the embassy. It must've costed around $550, so at least it was a bit lower than expected.

I hope it was all worth it! I think my interview went really well.

kenkennif
March 10th, 2014, 16:25
Fortunately I already lived in London at the time of my interview for University - But I did spend about 250 quid on a decent suit and it doesn't even fit me now because I lost a pile of weight. I put it on with the trousers the other day and I looked like I was wearing clown clothes.

(Still... Perhaps it was better to have made it onto JET and become less fat than worrying about the pennies it took to get here.)

Like someone else said, think of it as an investment, you'll make the cash back tenfold if/when you get here.

Ini
March 12th, 2014, 23:06
you'll make the cash back tenfold if/when you get here.

tenfold? unless you are renting your colon out to the yakuza to be a drug mule I cant see how coming on the jet program with the new pay structure is going to give anyone anything other than crippling debt.

Jedirust
March 13th, 2014, 05:20
I didn't spend anything other than the lunch afterwards.


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sharpinthefang
April 3rd, 2014, 06:24
£30 for a 6 hour (each way) bus journey from the arse's end of the UK to London
£5 for a new suit jacket (from a charity shop) as the one i had before was awful (still too large and bought it when i was 12)
£40 for a three night stay in a 5 star Hostel in central London
£7 ish for Underdground fare once i had finished travelling everywhere.
Free ticket (won in a raffle) to 2 hour Chaun Spa and facial experience night before in central London (that was great until i puked up everywhere in the last 20 minutes...)

I tied my trip to London for when i had to visit the British Archives, so i spent two solid days in the British Libary