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How to Answer: Are You Willing To Relocate?

By: Mariah Rogers
Aug 10, 2020 • 3 min read

How to Answer: Are You Willing To Relocate?

Are you ready to pack your bags to be hired for your dream job? Do travel and exploration excite and intrigue you? Or, are you more than happy just staying in your current city? Your interviewer might ask you if you are willing to relocate to be hired for an open position. This can be a very tricky question to respond to right off the bat. Especially if you are not sure, moving is worth be hired for the job. Here is how to decide what is best for you, and how to communicate this during your interview.


Weigh Your Options

If you are relatively new to your town or if you are familiar with relocating, a question about relocating might not seem like a terrifying question to answer. However, if you grew up in the city that you work in, and your family and friends still reside there, relocating can be a tough choice to make. This is why it is crucial to weigh your options. You must realize that if you decide to stay in your current city, you might lose the job opportunity you are applying for. However, you could also discover a new found love for your new place of residence and enjoy exploring different parts of the world. Making a list to compare your choices with close friends and family that you trust is a fantastic idea so that you are prepared for the possibility of this question before your interview.

Don’t Be Afraid To Ask Questions

Don’t be afraid to ask follow up questions during your interview, after being prompted about relocating. You deserve to have all of the information necessary, even if the decision is tentative! Feel free to ask where you would be moving to if there would be higher compensation for moving, and what kind of office you would be working in. If you have a subtle interest in exploring the option to relocate, tell your interviewer! However, if you are firm on your decision to stay put, be honest and communicate that, too.


Give a Solid Response

Instead of just responding with “I don’t know,” it is essential to give your interviewer a strong answer even if you are not certain about your decision just yet. Remember, you will have to get the job first, location comes second! If the employer is genuinely passionate about hiring you, they will make accommodations to have you on their team. You can explore options such as working remotely or visiting the office before committing to move. Be confident in your response.

Example: That sounds like such an exciting opportunity, I love to travel! I’d like to have a separate conversation discussing the logistics before making any further commitment. 

Example: That sounds incredible. However, I just signed a lease on a new apartment here, and it is vital for me to reside close to my family. Would you be open to exploring remote working options?

Good luck during your interview, you are going to nail it!


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