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Question 23 of 30

Are you willing to travel for work?

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Advice and Examples: Are you willing to travel for work?

  1. 23.

    Are you willing to travel for work?

      The Goal

      Depending on the role you're interviewing for, the hiring company may require you to travel for work. The interviewer wants to know your thoughts on work-related travel and how much travel you are comfortable performing. The goal of your response is to express that you understand any travel requirements for the role and that you can be relied on to meet these needs.

      What to Avoid

      Avoid giving a basic yes or no response. Saying, 'Yes, I am willing to travel for work,' is too vague to help the interviewer accomplish their goal of gauging your availability and flexibility. Saying 'No, I cannot travel for work' sounds inflexible and will quickly close the conversation between you and the interviewer.

      - Instead of giving a flat yes, try offering a measurable answer such as, 'Yes, I am willing to travel for work up to 15% of the time.'
      Instead of giving a flat no, try saying something like, 'My overnight travel availability is limited; however, I am happy to be as flexible as possible with some notice.'

      Pro Tip

      If you aren't entirely clear on the travel expectations for the role, it is okay to ask questions. The number of expected overnights and the overall travel schedule are essential factors for you to know before accepting a job offer. Most jobs that include overnight travel require 50% or less time away from home. If the position in question requires more than 50% travel time, be sure to consider if this expectation works with your personal life.

      How to Answer

      If overnight travel is an expectation in your current role, answer by expressing the amount of travel you currently perform and the amount of travel you are comfortable performing in your next opportunity. When you respond, consider providing a percentage or number of days. For instance, 'I currently travel 30% of the time and am comfortable with this level of travel in my next opportunity.' Or, 'I am comfortable with overnight travel up to 10 business days per month.'

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I understand that regular travel is not a requirement of this role; however, I am certainly willing to travel up to 20% of the time for trade shows, conferences, or client appointments as needed. Could you share with me a bit more about any travel requirements for this position?"

      Rachelle's Admin Example Answer

      "Travel requirements are new to me, but I am certainly happy to accommodate the travel needs for this position. Could you share with me how much travel is involved in this position?"

      Rachelle's Manager Example Answer

      "In my current position, I travel approximately six overnights per month, which is a comfortable pace for me. I am willing to discuss your travel schedule further and come up with a solution that works well for the company and my family responsibilities."

      Rachelle's Marketing Example Answer

      "Much of what I do as a marketing director can be done from remote work situations. For that reason, in my previous roles, I have not traveled more than 10-20% of the time. With that said, I am happy to discuss your travel requirements and accommodate the needs of this position."

      Rachelle's Retail Example Answer

      "Traveling for work is something that has always interested me. Could you share more details with me regarding the travel opportunities in this position?"

      Rachelle's Sales Example Answer

      "As a sales professional, I am accustomed to a great deal of travel. Currently, I spend half of my month on the road for overnight trips. Your job posting mentioned 40% travel time. I'd like to know more about your travel requirements and the preferred schedule."

      Rachelle's Teacher Example Answer

      "As an educator, travel is not something that I have truly considered; however, I am not opposed to the idea! If you could share more details of potential travel requirements for this position, I would appreciate that very much."

      14 Community Answers

      Anonymous interview answers with our interview experts feedback

      Anonymous Interview Answer

      "Could you please describe to me the length of, and types of, work-related travel that you are thinking about?"

      Kristine's Feedback for the Answer Above

      Great answer! The interviewer will be pleased to hear you are available to travel for work. If the job description does not mention travel, and you are asked this question, you may take the opportunity to ask questions to learn more about the travel requirements for the position. I made some adjustments to your response for conciseness and incorporated a question you could ask as well.

      "Yes, I would definitely be willing to travel for work. Could you please share with me any travel requirements for this position?"

      How would you rate Kristine's Feedback?

      Anonymous Interview Answer

      "I understand that regular travel is not a requirement of this role; however, I am certainly willing to travel to training, conferences, or client appointments as needed. Could you share with me a bit more about any travel requirements for this position?"

      Rachelle's Feedback for the Answer Above

      Perfect response! Short and sweet.

      How would you rate Rachelle's Feedback?

      Anonymous Interview Answer

      "Yes... in fact I'd be excited about traveling."

      Rachelle's Feedback for the Answer Above

      Fantastic! Showing excitement and enthusiasm is always the best approach :)

      How would you rate Rachelle's Feedback?

      Anonymous Interview Answer

      "No. I have a son who is dependent on me."

      Lauren's Feedback for the Answer Above

      I am glad you are transparent with your response here. The interviewer must know your expectations.

      "Unfortunately, I am unable to travel for work due to caring for my son."

      How would you rate Lauren's Feedback?

      Anonymous Interview Answer

      "I understand that this position doesn't require regular travel, but I am willing to travel if necessary, or if the right opportunity comes along."

      Rachelle's Feedback for the Answer Above

      You sound very agreeable and flexible, which any interviewer should appreciate.

      How would you rate Rachelle's Feedback?

      Anonymous Interview Answer

      "In my current role, I travel around 18-20% every year. I would be looking for my travel to stay around this level or be reduced."

      Rachelle's Feedback for the Answer Above

      Good answer! You are nice and specific. These are details that will be very helpful for the interviewer when determining fit.

      How would you rate Rachelle's Feedback?

      Anonymous Interview Answer

      "Yes, I am willing to travel when needed. I understand that travel may be 25% of the time. Can you explain that to me in more detail?"

      Rachelle's Feedback for the Answer Above

      Good start! When asking questions for clarity, try being more specific rather than using phrases such as 'explain that.' I have provided an example below.

      "Yes, I am willing to travel when needed, and I understand that travel might be 25% of the time. Could you please break down the travel schedule and expectations for me in further detail?"

      How would you rate Rachelle's Feedback?

      Anonymous Interview Answer

      "I understand that regular travel is not required, but occasional is required as you have more than 30 centers. I have been traveling for my previous job to meet clients and check on various hospitals, so I am completely okay to do the same here."

      Rachelle's Feedback for the Answer Above

      Great response. You are agreeable and also show that you have been delivering this need for some time already.

      How would you rate Rachelle's Feedback?

      Anonymous Interview Answer

      "I love to travel and would be more than happy to travel anywhere my services are requested, at any time of the year, for as long as I am needed there, even on short notice. I also want to clarify that I have zero qualms about working overtime, weekends, holidays, etc. You'll always be able to depend on me to be adaptable and wholly committed to the task."

      Rachelle's Feedback for the Answer Above

      I love the enthusiasm! Any interviewer should appreciate the fact that you provide additional flexibility rather than waiting for the request.

      How would you rate Rachelle's Feedback?

      Anonymous Interview Answer

      "- In my current position as an ___________ personnel, I have successfully travelled to many different Air Force bases to perform training and security-based work. I am willing to discuss your travel schedule further and come up with a solution that works well for the company and my family responsibilities."

      Rachelle's Feedback for the Answer Above

      Nice response! You do a great job showing reasonable flexibility (discussing what works for the company and your family responsibilities). The idea that you currently spend time travelling will qualify further your ability and willingness to travel.

      How would you rate Rachelle's Feedback?

      Anonymous Interview Answer

      "Yes, I am a person who is flexible at work. So if I need to travel for work, I would like to do it."

      Marcie's Feedback for the Answer Above

      Great. The interviewer will appreciate your flexibility and openness to travel. If you've traveled before for work, be sure to mention that as well.

      How would you rate Marcie's Feedback?

      Anonymous Interview Answer

      "Yes, but I would prefer that it be only on a limited basis."

      Amanda's Feedback for the Answer Above

      You've done a good job providing a straightforward answer. You could be more specific by telling the interviewer what percentage of time you'd be willing to travel in this role and why.

      How would you rate Amanda's Feedback?

      Anonymous Interview Answer

      "If it was for me to choose, I would prefer to work in HQ in order to be close to my family, Nevertheless, if such a need occurs, I will definitely accept the challenge and try to adapt to the situation. I like traveling a lot both for personal or business purposes. My parents are willing to help us with the kids, so this will not be a problem."

      Marcie's Feedback for the Answer Above

      Good response! While you state your preference, you also indicate that you are open to other possibilities. This shows your flexibility, adaptability, and willingness to do whatever the employer needs. Excellent!

      How would you rate Marcie's Feedback?

      Anonymous Interview Answer

      "I am absolutely willing to travel for work, in fact, I would love the fun opportunity to work in new places. I am very flexible because I have no kids and am young so I don't have any responsibility tied down to my current location."

      Amanda's Feedback for the Answer Above

      Good! Being willing and able to travel can be a valuable addition to your candidacy because it gives you greater flexibility in working with different teams within the organization.

      How would you rate Amanda's Feedback?