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Interview Question: "Are You Willing to Relocate?"

December 27, 2020

If you’re interviewing for a position and the hiring manager asks if you’re willing to relocate, it’s important to answer this question honestly. Learning how to answer this question can better your chances of receiving a job offer and possibly prepare you for relocation. In this article, we will discuss why employers ask this question, how to answer it and provide examples. 

Why employers ask “Are you willing to relocate?”

Hiring for a competitive position requires extensive from the employer, including sorting through hundreds of applications. If the candidate hired finds that they are unable to continue with the company after a short period because of difficulties related to relocation, it could result in lost time and resources. Having the right answer for such a question is essential when applying for a position that would require you to relocate.

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How to answer “Are you willing to relocate?”

Here is what you need to do to craft a strong response to the question and assure the hiring manager you can relocate:

  1. Assess the question honestly.
  2. Create a relocation plan. 
  3. Express enthusiasm for the position. 
  4. Share your plans for relocation. 
  5. Assure the hiring manager you are comfortable moving.

1. Assess the question honestly

This is a question where it is important to speak truthfully. Before applying for and accepting a job that requires you to move, you must understand that you can manage the job and lifestyle changes. You can answer this question honestly by acknowledging the difficulty of moving can cause and expressing your excitement for a new step in your career path. 

2. Create a relocation plan

To determine if you feel comfortable moving, you can create a potential relocation plan. First, you should examine the cost of living where you would move. Compare your current cost of living with the new location’s and your potential earnings. You should also consider the area you will live in. Moving from a big city to take a job in a highly rural area is a big shift in lifestyle, for example. The more thoroughly you research your potential life in your new location, the more honestly you can answer the question.

Once you understand the new cost of living, research living arrangements. Consider the cost of the home and the work commute to expect. Make sure there are homes within commuting distance of the business in your price range. 

You should also consider the moving process. Depending on the employer, they may offer to cover some or all of your relocation expenses. If not, you’ll need to calculate the cost for moving and incorporate it into your budget. Moving can also take some time, so you may need up to a week to pack, move and unpack your belongings. 

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3. Express enthusiasm for the position

When crafting your response to a question about your willingness to relocate for work, begin by stating your excitement about the role. This shows the hiring manager that you have a strong motivation to succeed with the position, which means you are more likely to endure any difficulties related to relocation.

4. Share your plans for relocation

Although you don’t need to share all the details of your relocation plan, offering an outline of your strategy can show the hiring manager you’re serious about the role. This part of your answer can also show that you’re thoughtful and proactive, two valuable qualities for many positions. 

5. Assure the hiring manager you are comfortable moving

After explaining your plans and your enthusiasm, reassure the hiring manager about your ability to relocate. Offer any other details about the move that you’re excited about or any long-term plans you can make once you relocate. You can detail your aspirations for the role with the company to show you’re ready to contribute. 

Once you have created a strong response to the question, spend some time before your interview practicing your response. This is a sound decision for all questions you feel you are most likely to encounter. Practice allows you to get comfortable answering the questions so you will sound natural and relaxed during your interview.

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Example answers

Here are some example answers to the question, “Are you willing to relocate?”

  • “I don’t have any concerns about moving to accept this position because I believe the opportunity to join your staff as a software developer is simply too good to decline. I’ve been looking into the housing market in the area and found a nice town that I would want to live in with good schools, affordable homes and a reasonable commute. While it’s certainly a big change, I am ready to make it.”

  • “Moving to California from Illinois is a big change, but it’s one I’m more than willing to make to accept this position in your marketing department. Although it will mean leaving behind some great friends, I actually have family in California who will be much closer, and my good friend also works in San Francisco. He has already offered me space to stay in his guest room while I sort out my own housing should I get the position, so I can settle in with minimal difficulties.”

  • “While I have primarily been searching for positions that would not require me to relocate, when I saw the opportunity to work at your company in outside sales, I knew it was not something I could ignore. I have a firm belief in my ability to adjust to the new location with relative ease. I grew up moving a lot with my family, so I’m comfortable adjusting to a new city.”

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