Consulting Exit Opportunities

Random question. Interviewing for director level position at F500 company ~3 hours flight away. Realized that they booked me in basic economy for the trip. Would you ask them to change the ticket?

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Goodness god I wouldn’t at least if I wanted the job.

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@AP1 - actually made up my mind based on the comments offering advice/solutions, I just responded so people understood all the facts involved. As someone on here suggested, I called the airline to see if I could pay for the change myself... unfortunately, part of the restrictions of the ticket is that it can’t be changed.

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Sorry to be blunt but I can’t believe this is even a question. Is it less comfortable than business class? Sure, but guess what - majority of people fly economy. Don’t let the lifestyle creep of consulting perks build up entitlement in you. You are giving the rest of us a bad rep

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Agree with EY1

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F500 cos “wastes” more money on labor and watch expenses. Consulting “wastes” more money on expenses and watches labor. Pitching the restrictions is the right approach (checked bag, some airlines may charge for carry on)

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Expenses are closely monitored and penny pinching is common for F500s. Consulting, a lot more liberal with the expense policy. Frame it based on restrictions and easy convo

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I wouldn’t, industry isn’t consulting ya know

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I wouldn’t for the interview but I definitely would understand their travel policy if you take the job. I had a friend who took a job with a firm that expected him to fly to Asia in coach for a one day meeting then back again. For me, that’s a hard pass. Oh, and if anyone thinks that makes me entitled, I literally couldn’t give a shit.

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Nope. If you move to industry then be prepared for a downgrade in your expense account. Being a diva about this will not win you brownie points with your potential future employees. And if it’s just a day trip why do you need checked luggage? Surely all you need is a bag with change of clothes? Treat them like a client you’re keen to win over. You don’t turn up to a BD meeting complaining that you’ve had to travel to get there. You’re excited about the opportunity so you put the effort in.

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@SM1 thanks for clarifying. Obviously wasn’t going to walk in and complain about having to travel for the interview. The potential discussion would have been between me and the recruiting firm. I have now tried to change the ticket and pay for it myself, but is not possible and won’t be possible for the recruiter to change either, given ticket restrictions. So my original ask is now moot. I think @A1 gets where I was coming from. I literally plotted out the day, and I feel like the way the schedule is set up puts me at a disadvantage performance wise. I would need to be up at 3a/3:30 at the latest to make the flight, and then ace 5 hours of interviews (done at 4pm). In these type of situations, I would typically plan to sleep in longer, get a window seat so I can pass out on the flight, and I felt the restrictions from the ticket make all these less likely, especially when the ticket difference was just slightly over 100 bucks. At this point, no changes can be made to the ticket, so just need to figure out how to make sure I stay refreshed and project excitement about the job through the day

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Suck it up buttercup

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Pretty sure you can check in online with basic economy on any airline. AA will also let basic economy passengers book an MCE seat (or any other paid economy cabin seat) within 7 days of departure. Stick with it and don’t make a fuss. It’s really not hugely different from economy unless you need to make flight changes or cover the cost of a back. Particularly if you’re traveling alone.

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Agree with A1. @C2 unfortunately can’t check in online, even with status. I checked all that before I asked the question on here. Tried the suggestion from MC1 already, but no bueno. I’ll just have to think of other ways to make sure I’m able to stay refreshed prior to the interview.

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If you really want the job, then I wouldn’t bring it up. It’ll leave a sour aftertaste even if you kill the interview. If you really want to change, call the airline, sweet talk them over the phone, and pay the difference out of pocket for your own comfort.

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Makes sense. I’ll try that and see what happens

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First world problems

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🙄 I’m sure the problems you deal with daily are 2nd and 3rd world problems

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You said stuck in the middle for 3 hours. Your replies to everyone here shows your demeanor. Good luck!

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My question wasn’t snarky. It was serious. Like I said..good luck

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You said it was uncomfortable. I was checking to see if you had a valid reason.

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I don’t think I’ve mentioned the word “uncomfortable” in any of my posts.

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What’s your reason? That it’s uncomfortable? Do you have a medical issue?

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My reason for what? Scroll up, I’ve already posted why several times

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*can’t

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See if you can pay a few bucks to upgrade to regular economy for your own comfort? They probably don't want to invest in you yet.....

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If it’s the recruiting firm I’d ask lol

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Mainly because of the restrictions - would have to get to the airport early to check in, chat pick a seat so could be stuck in middle for over 3 hours. What do you think?

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