Interview Questions and Answers: Travel or relocation interview questions

Some interview questions are difficult because you have to instantly assess the situations to which they refer, and assess them in an interview environment. The 'travel or relocation' interview questions are a case in point.

Considering travel and relocation

Travel and relocation can be real problems, and you have to deal with these interview questions on a realistic basis. Your interview answer should reflect your circumstances accurately. Making a commitment you're unable to keep will ultimately backfire.

These interview questions must be considered from the point of view of getting the job and being required to travel and relocate. Some people can manage travel and a job and their domestic situations. Others can't, and have serious difficulties by making commitments they can't keep in their interview answers.

Relocation, can be tough. It can also be very expensive. The best advice is that if you have real problems with relocation, don't make any commitment.

When you are able to travel or relocate

Even if you are able to move and travel, you will have to reorganize to make those moves, and the same problem of possibly making commitments you can't keep arises.

Giving honest and safe interview answers

To deal with these interview questions effectively, you need to address the realities of the situations they create.

A few tips:

  • Don't commit to time frames until you're sure you can.
  • Agree to either travel or relocation 'in principle', but without directly committing.
  • Ask a few questions, to clarify points, if required, and get enough information for your interview answer.

When you really have to say Yes or No, as your interview answer

If your instant gut reaction to the interview questions is 'No' to travel and relocation, it's probably right, and you already know why it's right. It's better to give an honest interview answer than to get a job you can't keep, or worse, one which will cost you rather than pay you.

Examples

These interview questions are simple enough, but the interview answers aren't. The interviewees have to protect their own interests.

Interview Question 'Can you travel?'

'I think I can, but I have family commitments, so I'll need to know more about specific travel, to answer that. I'll also need to definitely confirm that I can.'

This interview answer is as honest as the interviewee is able to be. There's no ambiguity, and the interviewers have a clear picture to work with.

Interview Question 'Can you relocate?'

'I can only say 'Maybe' at this point. In principle, it should be OK, but we have a complex domestic situation, the kids are in critical years at school, and I'll have to check out in detail some cost factors, before I can answer that definitely.'

Nothing is left out of this interview answer. The interviewee has avoided making a major commitment, and retained credibility with the interviewers as a possible candidate, by giving a clear statement of the situation.