Have you ever applied for a position in a faraway city or even state? If so, you have probably been asked: “Are you willing to relocate?”
This question is very common on a job application as well as an interview. Although it is possible, it is rare that one would spend their entire working career in one location. This is not just because of their job, but life happens!
Despite your reasoning or factors you can’t control, stay open to all opportunities that come your way, especially the ones you apply for!
Change is scary
We all know friends and loved ones who are terrified of change. We promise that change can be an awesome way to find out who you are as a person. If you are a recent graduate or just seeking a career change, relocating can open up all kinds of opportunities for you. If you believe this to be the truth, this question should be a walk in the park.
Correct answers to this question
Yes, you are willing to relocate
“I have no problem with relocating for this company as I believe I am a great fit and this job would be the perfect opportunity to advance my career!”
You are OPEN to the possibility of relocating:
“I love the area I live in currently, but for the right opportunity I would consider relocating.”
You are NOT willing to relocate
“I love the area I live in now and it is important to me that I stay near my family. That may change in the future, and at that point, I would consider relocating for this opportunity.”
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What NOT to say
Whatever you do, don’t bring up why you would move. “If the money was right…” or “If I become CEO!” are negative answers. Focus on the task at hand of finding a job! The trick is to stay “truthful” as lying to this question can get you into trouble if you end up receiving an offer. You can stretch the truth or avoid the question by using one of the examples above if needed.
Also, do not make your answer too personal by mentioning a struggle you or a loved one is going through or something of that nature. You may earn the interviewers sympathy, but this is bound to make the conversation awkward and not help you in the job hunt.
Awkward answers usually mean that you will not receive a callback or a job offer.
If you keep the above in mind, you are bound to nail this question as it is one of the most delicate questions a hiring manager can ask. Happy Hunting!