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Avoid Relocation Surprises

A professional was interested in a job change and relocating was his primary goal.

‘My wife and I desperately want out of Arizona.’ One month later… ‘I’m sorry, but the family isn’t quite ready for a move yet…’

Personal and professional preferences and goals change often and quickly.

When you receive resumes from candidates who would need to relocate, don’t assume that they have completely thought through the logistics and implications of a move. Engage them on the topic. Ask probing questions and be sure to keep the discussion free and open. As you move forward in the process, monitor closely for any changes.

People change their minds. Expect it and don’t be surprised when it happens. Sometimes what looks good from a distance, doesn’t have the same appeal when it becomes ‘real’.