(Closed) Job Interview in the South – but I'm a Yankee – Help!!

posted 6 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@futuremrsk18:  I think your plan so far sounds good. When asked about your reason for relocating, I’d be as vague as possible and say something about wanting to be closer to family (which is true, your Fiance is/will be your family).

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I don’t think you should try to be “Southern” just act how you would normally act in an interview. Just because you are interviewing in a different geographical location doesn’t necessarily mean you should act less professional!

I agree with VAwife about being vague if asked why you’re moving. 

May I ask what part of the state you’re moving to? 

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@VAwife:  This is a good idea, but it sometimes backfires. Darling Husband tried this line when he interviewed for the job he has now. They asked why he wanted to move to this area, he tried to say family, but they pushed a bit and got him to admit because his girlfriend (before we were engaged) had moved there for school. It was awkward because he felt it didn’t sound professional, and he felt obligated to assure them it was a serious relationship (6+ years) because he didn’t want to sound like a flakey youth. He wound up getting the job, but my point is depending on who is interviewing you will change whether a vague reason will suffice.

You can of course refuse to say anything more specific, but that also makes you look distant and stand-off-ish, which I think is even worse down South when people are generally a bit warmer to each other.

Post # 7
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

Interviewing here in the South is really no different than interviewing anywhere else in the country.  They have the same expectations, ask the same kinds of questions, etc. So really – don’t worry about the geographical difference at all!

Don’t try to act “southern”.  There are TONS of people in the South who are transplants (like me!) so just be yourself.

I guess its hard to address how you should respond to the “why are you wanting to relocate” question without knowing why you are ACTUALLY wanting to relocate.  Did your Fiance get a job down here?  Is your family in the area and you’re moving to be closer to them?  Do you simply prefer the weather in the South?  ๐Ÿ˜‰

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@futuremrsk18: I think I would probably say exactly what you said…well maybe not exactly, you still don’t have to give too many details. Just say that you wanted a lifestyle change and after looking around felt that SC is the right place for your to settle down and make your home. 

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2013 - Callanwolde Fine Arts Center

@futuremrsk18:  To be honest, the reason you just explained would be perfectly acceptable to tell a potential employer. Not only is it the truth, but people always like to hear from outsiders how great their state/area is.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

As someone who has interviewed all over – and received offers, I think you are overthinking it.  Dress and act for the appropriate industry, not the location of the country.

And I think it’s totally fine to say you’re looking for a change in lifestyle.

Post # 11
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

Oops! We must have been typing at the same time.  Hum ….  while I totally approve of your reason, that is a little harder to address in an interview situation.  You could try the “family” thing but, if pressed to be less vague, you’d be a bit stuck.

I think you’d probably be fine saying something about how you’re looking to get away from the high cost of living and hectic pace of NY.  ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@futuremrsk18:  yeah southerners are gonna love hearing you say that ๐Ÿ™‚ i’m dead serious!

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Don’t try to act “Southern”. You’re applying for a job, not hosting a cookout. It’s the same interview process as up North. As for why you left – tell them you’re looking for a different pace in your life.

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