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I am a software developer with 3 years of experience in different domains. I was trying to find a job via online sites. Particularly I tried to send motivation letter with CV to UK vacancies. All companies which responded back to me asked to go to the interview on site. I explained them that I am from another country and maybe it is possible to do it over the phone/skype? Everyone replied that it is not possible. Could anyone suggest me what to do in this situation? Maybe I am doing something wrong? Any help would be the most welcome.

P.S. it will really hit my pocket to go for every interview over there.

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maybe you could FTP yourself? :) –  Muad'Dib Apr 7 '11 at 17:08
Would it be possible to schedule them all within a week or two period and do ALL the interviews then, on one trip? –  FrustratedWithFormsDesigner Apr 7 '11 at 17:10
Obviously they're not desperate enough. If there were a shortage of local developers willing to attend interviews, you'd see more positive responses. Try targeting companies that are desperate to find someone in your very specific range of skills. –  SK-logic Apr 7 '11 at 17:11
I'm assuming they're not offering to pay for you to come over? Many larger companies do pay if they want to bring you onsite. You might look at larger companies for now. Once you're over there you could get on with a smaller company a little more easily... –  Kenneth Apr 7 '11 at 17:16
If travel would be difficult for you go there, why are you applying for jobs there? If you got a job you'd have to move there which would likely be much more expensive than just going there for a day. –  JB King Apr 7 '11 at 17:27

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There are too many unknowns when you don't interview face to face.

Anyone performing the interview (which includes HR and technical representatives), would be used to:

  • Using their people skills to gauge how well you would fit into the employing company.
  • Using their technical skills to see how you go about solving an interview problem and what you do when you encounter something you don't understand.
  • Not having the pressure of knowing that someone is flying just for an interview (while they're selecting other local candidates).

A combination of the above makes it easier (and, in most cases, wiser) for the employer to turn you away and focus their recruitment locally. Of course, this would be very different if you were a renown software engineer - but then you wouldn't have asked this question.

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There's no particular reason they cant do a phone or skype interview first. Phone interviews are pretty common as a first screening interview, even with local candidates. –  GrandmasterB Apr 7 '11 at 19:22
@GrandmasterB: It's still an extra step in the recruitment process that the employer may deem unnecessary. And, it doesn't eradicate the pressure from a candidate who will fly in for an interview (the OP said he states he's from another country). –  Jonathan Khoo Apr 7 '11 at 19:30