Answered by Traci, Hiring Expert at Accenture, on Wednesday, July 13, 2016
This very much depends on the type of role you’re applying for. First and foremost, spend a bit of time and think if relocating is something you would like to do. If so, approach a position that mentions relocation with an open mind. Most job postings will include this up front, and if not, very soon into the interview (if not, it’s definitely something you should ask). A recruiter or hiring manager is including this because the company has determined that its essential to the role to be in that location. If you have no intention of relocating, or just no intention of relocating to where they have indicated, it’s the wrong job to apply for. If you do not want to relocate at all, do not apply for a position that requires relocation. As I said, it’s been posted with a specific location for a reason and it’s a waste of your time, not to mention that of the recruiter or hiring manager, to enter into an interview process for which you have no intention of following through with. Lastly, one caveat to all of this. If the post lists the position as “location negotiable” or “open to location preferences”, etc., have the conversation early about what locations are open, and then determine if any of those locations you can live with!