My wife and I have decided to move our family back to the state where we both grew up, seven hours from where we currently live. I knew going in that the interview process was going to be hard to deal with because of the distance, but I've made it clear on my resume and cover letters that I am still currently employed in location A, and hoping to move to location B, and am very much interested in working for your company near location B..and so on and so forth. However, in the three cases where I have gotten interviews I have been asked to make myself available within days and in the middle of the week, and in one case was told that while a phone interview is an option its not preferable (a kiss of death IMO).
Is there a polite way to ask for a phone interview or at least a Friday/Monday interview so that I don't have to take make the trip there and back in one day. The last thing I want to do is make myself seem unaccommodating, but it is starting to take a toll on me and I can only ask for a day off at the last minute so many times before my boss stops being so understanding (he knows I am leaving).
Any advice, or tips for interviewing for out-of-state jobs in general?