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.…