Do you have an upcoming job interview? Then you might stumble on this interview question: “Are you willing to relocate?” It seems as if you can answer this close-ended question with a simple “Yes” or “No“, however, you still need to clarify your response. In some cases, you might want to answer by saying “Maybe” and discuss the terms and conditions before you commit yourself. Down below you can find my example answers to this interview question!
The reason why interviewers ask this question is to examine a candidate’s flexibility and dedication. They’ll observe your body language to determine if you are genuinely interested and a good fit for the job role and company. Those who show signs of excitement and commitment tend to do well in the final decision.
√ Do ask for more information if you are unsure or rather not relocate. That way, you can rethink your opinion and/or buy some time to formulate a suitable answer. However, don’t ask questions such as: “How much do you pay extra?” or “Can I choose where you move me?” Instead, you can ask about the location, terms and conditions. You’ll come across as someone that likes to be well-informed before making important decisions.
X Don’t say you can’t relocate. Mention the alternatives and/or inform them about the possibility to relocate in the future. Key here is to show your willingness to work for their company. Perhaps the employer might reconsider the relocation requirement.