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Can you perceive any problems in relocating?

Alternative and related questions:

Are you willing to relocate if necessary?
Are you willing to go where the organization sends you?

The meaning behind the question:

This could be a reasonably straightforward factual question if relocation is an obvious prerequisite for the job.  On the other hand, if no mention has previously been made of relocation then either the organization has failed to communicate effectively or the interviewer is trying to put you on the spot again!

Your answer:

If you're aware of the need to relocate in order to undertake this new job then your answer just needs to cover that fact and to emphasize that you're fully prepared and ready for this and that you certainly don't perceive it causing any problems.  If you can mention a previous instance where you've had to relocate for a new job (or while working for another organization) then all the better.  If not then just say you've carefully thought the matter through and you're entirely happy with the prospect.

If this is the first time you've heard mention of the possibility of relocation then your answer is somewhat trickier.  First of all, you should point out that this is the first you've heard of it and then you should go on to explain that it's something you would be prepared to consider.  It may be that there's no way you would ever contemplate relocating but telling the interviewer this is going to weaken your case, regardless of whether they are seriously requiring you to relocate or not.  Remember that if you are required to relocate but you decide you really don't want to then you can simply turn down their offer of a job.  But your first priority is to actually make sure you get an offer!

Example:

I haven't actually been previously made aware that relocation was a possibility.  It hasn't been mentioned to me.  However, it's nonetheless something that I would be prepared to consider.  This role within your organization is very appealing and, if offered the job, I may well decide that it would warrant relocating.  It would of course depend on your offer and on the precise circumstances.  Can you tell me a little bit more about this issue of relocation please?  I can then give it some further thought.



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