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Why do you want to relocate?
Alternative and related questions:
For what reasons does the idea of relocation appeal to you?
The meaning behind the question:
There's nothing sneaky about this question. The interviewer just wants to establish what your motivations are in being prepared to relocate for this job and to get some insight into your decision-making processes, i.e. they want to establish that you really have thought through this issue.
So why do you want to relocate? Is it just because this job is an opportunity too good to be missed? Is it because relocating will take you closer to certain family or friends? Has your 'other half' perhaps had to relocate to the same destination? Maybe it's because you have children and you want them to be closer to better schools/the countryside/the seaside. There are many possibly reasons why you might wish to relocate.
But there's only one correct answer to this question – and that's to explain that your primary reason for relocating is because of the fantastic opportunity you feel this job represents. You can, of course, go on to support this with other reasons if appropriate. But your main goal is to demonstrate to the interviewer your enthusiasm for the role for which you are applying.
I principally want to locate quite simply because of the excellent opportunity I feel this role within your organisation represents. I am very interested in the role and believe that it warrants my relocation. In this respect alone, the benefits outweigh any possible downside. Furthermore, my sister and her family live in Hampshire and I'd certainly like to move to be closer to them and I'd also like for my children to be closer to them too. There are also some very good local schools. I've given it a good deal of thought, of course, but everything points towards it being the right decision.
Word of warning:
Don't say anything which might lead them to believe that you're only relocating because you feel it's being forced on you. Ensure you portray it as a positive decision on your part.
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Talking about your current employment
- Can you tell me what you enjoy about your current job?
- What will you remember most about your last job?
- Is this the first time you have made an effort to move away from your current employers?
- How do you feel about the possibility of leaving your current job?
- How would you describe your current employer?
Talking about this vacancy
- Wouldn’t you be better suited to working in a larger/smaller organisation?
- How do you feel this vacancy differs from your current role?
- What reservations do you have about your ability to undertake this job?
- Can you describe your ideal working environment to me?
- How do you feel we compare to our competitors?
- What would you say is our Unique Selling Point?
- What would be your analysis of the current trends in our industry/sector?
Understanding your career path, plans and ambitions
- What aspects of your career path would you like to have been different?
- What are your greatest regrets about the path your career has taken?
- What has been the greatest challenge you have faced in your career to date?
- What do you think are your main career options for the next five years?
- What exactly does the word ‘success’ mean to you?
Addressing problems in your career history
- Why did you only stay with this organisation for such a short time?
- Why did you stay with this organisation for such a long time?
Coping with stress and pressure
- Are you able to multitask?
- Can you juggle a number of different projects simultaneously?
- How do you handle rejection/disappointment/failure?
- How do you deal with interpersonal conflict?
- What does tact and diplomacy mean to you?
- What makes for a successful team?
Management and leadership
- Would you describe yourself as a good manager?
- Do you really think you’re management material?
- What is your attitude to delegation?
- Can you give me an example of a time when you had to lead from the front?
- Have you ever had to fire or lay off a member of your staff?
- How would you describe your ideal team member?
Personal and professional development
- In what ways do you intend to improve upon your performance?
- How has your current job prepared you for greater challenges/responsibility?
Interests and activities
- What book are you reading at the moment?
- What newspaper do you take?
- Are you interested in current affairs?
The amateur psychiatrist
- If you won the lottery what would you do?
- Can you tell me about the best teacher you ever had?
- If you could meet any historical figure, who would it be and why?
- What are you most afraid of?
Money, money, money
- Why aren’t you earning more?
- How much do you think you are really worth?
- How much does money matter to you?
- Would you still be interested in this job if you current employer offered a pay rise?
- Have you ever had to take a pay cut to keep your job?
- Have you ever asked for but been refused a pay rise?
Author: James Innes