Before going into an interview, there are certain things a smart candidate will do. This includes being prepared for almost every situation before they sit down in the conference room. There are multiple questions that most interviewees worry about answering: ‘What is your greatest weakness‘ and ‘Where do you see yourself in 5 years‘ are both great examples. However, if you get too focused on the popular questions, you risk losing sight of the more straightforward questions, which are equally important. We’ll discuss these often forgotten questions below.

Determining Willingness

There are many different things that could be covered in the ‘Would you be willing to…” question. Among the most common are travel, relocation, working weekends,  and working holidays. These are all inquiries that directly relate to your flexibility both in schedule and location. While these questions aren’t too hard to answer, it can be easy to be caught off guard if you haven’t been thinking about them. The last thing you want to do in an interview is be caught off guard and look unprepared. With these types of questions, the most important thing you can do is figure out your thoughts beforehand.

Young couple unpacking boxes from moving because of a new job

Consider factors such as relocation before you go into your interview.

Consider what you want from the job. Is it good enough to consider relocation? Are you willing to travel for work and not be around your home for long stretches of time? Could you give up holidays and time with family and friends for your job? These are all questions you should already have an answer for before going into an interview. They are all integral pieces of consideration that will play into not only if they will offer you the job, but also if you will consider taking it.

1 Approach Fits All

With many interview topics there is usually a ‘best approach’ that is recommended. All of the aforementioned topics share the same general idea. Since you know how you feel about these situations ahead of time, you should have your answers in mind. Answering honestly is incredibly important. While they may want to hear that you’d be willing to work weekends and nights, you need to answer what you know is best for you.

If you’re not willing to do something, give a valid reason. Saying that you need your weekends or nights to relax and recharge is perfectly reasonable. Any interviewer has their own set of work/life preferences, and should understand. Although it may keep you from getting the job offer, you know what type of position is the right fit for you.