Asked by jaime on April 30, 2013
Answered by Kit, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on May 1, 2013
Be honest and explain this was a career decision the both of you made as a couple. Research the job market in that area, this will support the reasons behind the decision to move with her and not because of her. It will demonstrate maturity and preplanning. I wish you much success in your move and career search.
Answered by Emily, Hiring Expert at Fifth Third Bank, on May 2, 2013
I don't think it's naïve or uncommon to make a geographic move for your relationship, so I wouldn't worry about how it's perceived.
However, you could certainly answer the question without getting into too much personal detail - which is probably a safer idea in any situation.
You can say that you are moving there to be near friends/family. I think that would sum it up nicely. Additional probing on their part would probably not happen because interviewers want to stay away from information that would be irrelevant to whether or not you can do the job.
Answered by Alison, Hiring Expert at Cigna, on May 29, 2013
It’s great to see that you are anticipating this question and preparing a well thought out answer ahead of time.
I would suggest doing some research on employers that you’re interested (that match your background/education/career interest). Having target employers in mind and pursuing those opportunities will demonstrate that you are committed to your career and your long-term growth. You and your significant other researched areas that offer both of you potential opportunities for careers in your area of study/experience.
Answered by Heather, Hiring Expert at The Hershey Company, on November 20, 2014
3 pieces of advice:
Always be honest in your interviews.
Find a job in the area before you move.
Do your research on the area & what it has to offer someone with your background to elaborate on why YOU would want to move to the area.