The common interview quesion about relocating or traveling can be tricky, if you are not sure you are willing to do so. In this video tutorial, Valerie Sutton, director of Career Services at the Harvard School of Graduate Education, explains how to answer the question honestly and show your fit with the organization.
- There is one of two reasons that you'll be asked, are you willing to relocate or travel. It's either a preference for them for the current position. Or your potential employer is thinking of future career growth opportunities. In either case, the preferred answer is yes. But what if you are not sure or can't relocate or travel? You want to be sincere in your answer and not approach it based on the comment like, for the right opportunity I would consider relocating. That's essentially saying maybe to the recruiter which can lead them to think you will say no, once you have the opportunity.
If you are unsure about relocation. A good approach is to focus on your fit for the position and your willingness to move based on your career growth. Then, ask questions about the relocation to better understand their needs. Questions like, can you tell me what career trajectory I can expect within the new position? Or what is the typical length of stay at each project site? These types of questions can lead you to a better decision when it comes time. If you are not able to relocate or travel for a position, you should be honest.
Again, focus on your fit with the position and give them a valid reason that you cannot relocate at the current time. Many times a current situation may change. So let them know if circumstances change, you may be willing to consider it. These pointers should help you to convey your interest in the position and also allow you to be honest about the possibilities. Confidence and enthusiasm go a long way when you answer maybe to the relocation question.
- Tell me about your strengths
- Tell me about your weaknesses
- Why are you interested in our company?
- Why did you leave your previous company?
- Tell me how you handled a difficult situation
- What questions do you have?