Are you willing to relocate or travel?

Life is not convenient, which is why there are times when good companies with good positions are located far from where you live. Similarly, a company may not want to miss out on a great employee just because they live too far from their office. This is why, they may ask you if you are willing to relocate or travel for the position.

The fact that they are asking you this question is a good sign. It means that they are interested enough in you to try to get you even if it means that they will have to pay travel or relocation costs. However, it does not mean that you are in the clear and that you have already gotten the job. They may also be asking this question as a test, to see how much you want the position and how far are you willing to travel for it.

So, how do you answer this question? Well, at first you should be honest with yourself. Will you actually and in all honestly be willing to commute, travel, or relocate for the job? Even before you go for the interview, you should answer this for each and every job you are applying for. If that job is located far from you, do you want it? Is the job worth travelling back and forth, or moving for? Is the job a big step up in your career? Is the pay enough? How much time will you be willing to commute or travel for? How much will the commute cost? If you are considering relocating, consider the costs of rent, amenities, and other living costs. Will it be worth it?

In order to help you decide you can make a pro and cons list, or even ask for advice from a trusted friend or family member. If you decide that the job is not worth it, then don’t even bother to apply there. However, if you decide that it is worth the hassle, then the answer is pretty straight forward.

Just remember to answer the question honestly. If you are willing to travel, then say yes. If not then gently and politely decline. If there are reasons why you can’t travel then state them. Similarly, if there are conditions to your travel, then state these as well, maybe you’ll be able to come up with a compromise.

Example Answer:

I feel like this job would be perfect for me, and I am very excited at the possibility of working for this company. I would not want anything to get in the way of that, so yes, I would be willing to travel or relocate for this job.

Or if No

I am very excited at this job opportunity, however, sadly I am not in the position of being able to travel or relocate right now. I have to stay in town to take care of my ailing mother.

Or if you are undecided

I feel this is a great city for me to grow my career. However, I feel like this job is a get opportunity for me, and if relocating is part of the package, then I will definitely consider it.

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