For many in mining, travel and relocating for a job offer are often the norm, and taken for granted. There are those in mining however that are not willing to relocate, and if this is the case, it is important to know how to deal with this question if and when it arises during the interviewing process.

Ultimately a recruiter is trying to gauge your enthusiasm for the position, and it is important that you make it clear, regardless as to how you answer the question, that you are passionate about the position and about the company that you would be working for.

Many mining companies also have operations in multiple locations, so the question may not be aimed specifically at the role they are interviewing you for, but it may be for them to simply gauge how flexible you are around moving and relocating, for any future internal moves within the company.

If you are willing to relocate then its fine to say enthusiastically that for the right opportunity that you are willing and happy to relocate.

If you are in two minds about whether or not you would be prepared to relocate that is also okay. It is important to remember that relocating for a job offer is a big deal and  can turn your world upside down. For this reason it is not a decision that should be made lightly, and it’s okay to tell the interviewer that you may be open to relocating.

A good way to get this across would be to say that you are very settled and happy in this area, but this position would be a great opportunity for your career, and one that you are very excited about, and if relocating is necessary for the job, it is something that you may be able to consider. It’s okay to say you are not sure, but so long as you are positive, energetic, enthusiastic and show that you are open to a discussion around relocating, it should not count against you. It is very important to always be honest during the interview, but also to choose your words carefully.

There are however times that relocating for a job is just not going to be an option. In these situations it is better to be honest and say that relocation is not an option, but at the same time say how excited you are about the opportunity, how keen you are on working for the company and maybe mention your reason as to why you are not able relocate at the moment. Also ensure that you mention that it may be an option in the future. If you show enthusiasm and a passion for the position, saying that you are not able to relocate at present, will hopefully not be held against you, especially if you do not close that door completely, and make it clear that it may be an option in the future.

When recruiters ask if you are willing to relocate it is not always because its a prerequisite for the specific role they are interviewing you for, often it is simply a way for them to test your commitment to the job and company, to test your flexibility, and to see how sincere you are in your job application, so always be careful before saying no and closing that door completely.

Regardless as to whether you are open to relocation or not, there are a couple of things not to say. Never ever say that you will only relocate if  they pay you more money, or if they up the offer. That will not create a good impression and may cost you the job.

Also remember that if you are not willing to relocate never say “I will never move from this area” remember never say never. None of us know for sure what the future holds for us, situations change and you never know what opportunities may lie on the horizon, so be careful of cutting off what could be an amazing opportunity, without at least knowing what it is and giving it some very careful consideration.


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