When job candidates are being pursued by multiple employers and have trips that overlap as they visit multiple employers (happens a lot in college recruiting)—they can experience variations in what are allowed travel expenses with some, but not with others.
Also, as a corporate Manager of Recruitment and University Relations, I did have the occasional situation where an aggressive hiring manager, or retained executive recruiter, made travel arrangements for a candidate and sent me the bill after the fact. I’ve seen “expenses” e.g., First Class travel, luxury rental car, exotic wine, etc., that I had to get executive level approvals for payment because the expenses were outside of what we typically allow for job interview related travel.
Job interview related expenses are budgeted for and therefore are scrutinized for justification, accuracy, amount and approval. Employees who pad their expense claim(s) can be required to reimburse the employer and be fired depending on the severity. And while job applicants are typically told in writing what expenses will be pre-paid upfront by the employer, e.g., air travel and hotel room and tax, and that receipts will be required for reimbursement of out-of-pocket expenses like: taxi, parking, and meals (with limits)—there is always that one job candidate who didn’t get the message and causes some problems.…
m a larger perspective. Secondarily, staffing agencies have a heavy sales culture which includes business expenses. Sometimes this includes lavish dinners, lots of business lunches and weekends for really tough to get highly sought after clients.
Padding business expenses is both a cultural thing, often acceptable within a tolerable level, and also an ethical question of what we are saying about what we value most (honesty vs. dollar generating customers).
It's a gray area and I don't think there are real answers. The truth is, just like anything in life, the more valuable you are to your employer, the more they are going to be willing to tolerate, not only in business expenses but in other areas as well.…