Common Interview Question: Do You Think You Will Be Comfortable in a New City?
Jobs are a lot like real estate. It’s not always a matter of the quality of the home. It’s about location. A project management job in one city may have the same tasks as a project management job in another city, but because of the differences in cities, the job feels much, much worse.
In this economy, if you want to find a good job, you may need to move to another city, state – even country. This move is more than simply a change in jobs. Your entire cultural surroundings will change. Moving from Manhattan to Nashville is a tremendous switch. Employers want to hire people that are going to stick around, so they need to make sure that you are going to be able to adjust to your new environment outside of work as well.
How to Answer
If you are not comfortable, you shouldn’t be going to the job interview. Yet don’t forget that every interview question is an opportunity to show you will make a great employee. So your best answer is going to be one that incorporates research about the new city in a way that reflects positively on your personality.
“Yes, I think Nashville is a fine city and I am sure I will enjoy it.”
“Nashville has a vibrant arts scene that I am already looking forward to experiencing. I am already looking forward to the Scarrett gallery and am currently looking to enroll in a weekend painting class at Vanderbilt. Having spent most of my time in the odd weather of New York, I am looking forward to the warmth of Tennessee’s summers, having spent a few months visiting other warm southern climates during my youth. I am also currently reconnecting with friends in the area, so the move itself should be fairly straightforward.”
This answer is probably a little more wordy than necessary, but by pointing to specific aspects of the city, you are able to show that you did your research and that you are easily ready to make the switch without any second thoughts.
Take Away Interview Tips
- If you don’t like the location, don’t go to the job interview.
- Try to go into more detail about why you are fine with the move.