After my recent separation I want to start over completely, including a new job in a new city and state. I have a phone interview next week. If they ask me why I’m moving, how much should I share?
– Looking for a new life
Dear Looking for a New Life:
Starting over can be fun and exciting. It sounds like you have made this lifechanging decision and are confident that it is the best thing for you. Congratulations on your courage and knowing what you need. There is no reason to share the details of your personal life. I recommend you look at the career you want to have, the job that you are currently in, and make a list of what you want in your next job. Interviewers will want you to respond with positive reasons. This applies to the new job and the new location.
New job possible reasons:
- Greater opportunity to gain experience and grow
- Larger role and opportunities to contribute at a higher level
- Increase in salary
- Greater challenges
- Better fit with your skills and education
- Want to work in a growing company (if your current company is no longer growing or shrinking)
- You loved their mission statement, company background data and it aligns with your values
New location possible reasons:
- Desire to live in a sunny location
- Want to live in a location with seasons
- The new location is nearer to relatives
- You want to live in a bigger/smaller city
It’s the rare potential employer that cares about your personal life during the hiring process. Leave the personal information out and put your best professional foot forward.
Good luck. I hope you love your new city and find a company that helps you to achieve your dreams!