I am applying to universities that are similar to my current institution in terms of research and teaching requirement but hoping to move to a larger city. Often, I get interviewers asking the reasons I am moving. I can't say I hope that the new institution will provide me more support (lower teaching, more internal grant) because realistically, it won't. I am, however, a little hesitant to just tell them I want to move because of location. I would like to learn how you all will handle this kind of questions?
Date: 04 Dec 2013 05:13
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If you told them that you'd be closer to relatives or close friends or indicate that the new job would better support "your family's need" it would sound legitimate.
Also, I would not be completely reticent to note that geography plays a role. People (even psychology professors) are not so silly as to not recognize that quality of life is important and living some place that offers what is for you a better quality of life is not a bad or shameful thing. Now, you probably don't want it to sound like that is the ONLY reason you are interested. Like, you might come up with some ideas about what is especially appealing about that place and also note the geographical issue. I would note as well that what you are saying is that the places you are applying to DO have something to offer that your current institution simply cannot match: Location, location, location. This is good news for the places you are applying to and might make them feel like they have a good chance of landing you. It can be a plus to know that someone is geographically interested.
i concur with been there…. There is nothing wrong with wanting to move for geographical preference. If you aren't happy where you live, it can seep into your work as well. That said, I would definitely highlight other reasons why you want to work at that school. In the interviews that I had so far, people have asked me, why I am leaving a tenure-track position where I should easily get tenure; "I hate where I live" isn't a real satisfying reason for that answer, even if it is true.