I received an invitation for a campus interview in my hometown for a Monday and Tuesday. I'm responsible for booking my own flights. Would it be a bad idea to ask if I can come in over the weekend instead, and arrange my own transportation to campus on Monday morning? Does that come off as entitled, or using the visit as a free trip home? That's not my intent, but if I can see family on the weekend, I would like to, if possible.
Date: 07 Jan 2016 20:54
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If you do not expect the institution to pay for your extra nights' stay or meals during the period outside of the interview time frame, I wouldn't see this at all unreasonable. For SLAC positions, especially, the search committee might view your having local family as a plus. For all but non-elite SLACs, there's often concern that a candidate is using our positions as a "back up." So, such info provides greater confidence a candidate is serious about our job.
Yeah I don't think this looks bad. For my current position I did this so that I could look at some other things in the area (jobs for spouse, housing, daycare) and my non-elite SLAC was thrilled that I was taking the opportunity so seriously. So I think if anything it is a good sign if you are asking for this. I don't think it's so entitled because you at least are in the top 3-5 candidates. It's not unreasonable for you to be thinking you might actually get the job, so you want to explore the area a bit because this is your chance to do so.
I agree this should be no problem. Any candidate serious about the job wants to envision themselves in the area, and you need time on your own to do this right.
Years back, you'd actually save them money on your flight by staying at your destination through a Saturday.