New City Familiarization Trip?
I may be moving several hundred miles across the US to a city I have only visited for the interview. How does one make a good decision about moving in such a circumstance?
I have a family to move as well. Chicago living is decidedly more urban than my current location; it would be a major lifestyle change for us.
Another firm I interviewed with had a realtor drive me around the major sites of another city as well as giving me a speedy tour of the suburbs where many of the firm's employees live. The company sold me on the city as well as the opportunity, but the city isn't as "famous" as Chicago.
This Chicago firm has me sold on the opportunity, but the only bit of Chicago I saw was right near the Midway airport and the business district. I wouldn't want to raise a family in either of those places. The location seems to be a given, like "why would anyone NOT want to live in Chicago?" I mentioned to the head hunter the week prior (and to three of the interviewers on the day of) that location was among my concerns without getting any useful responses. All of them are life-long Chicago residents.
Would you pack up the family and take a trip to the town at your own expense after you have an offer in hand?
Would a company, if they really desired a candidate, foot the bill for such a trip before the offer is accepted? They had no qualms about flying me out for the interview on a full price, last minute fare.