My resume will clearly show that I have had jobs in four U.S. states and one other country. In other words, at least prior to now, when it comes to finding a nice job, I have not been concerned with casting a wide net.
Later this year, however, I will be conducting a job search with a very limited focus. My limit is roughly 70 miles from a specific dot on the map, or about a 15 county area with a single state.
My reasons for this may or may not come up in an interview, but if it does, I would like to be prepared. One answer I could give is:
I grew up here, and have a lot of friends and family here. While in my early career, I felt it was important to broaden my horizons and experience a variety of locations, I have reached a point where the idea of "home" has become more important.
This is the truth, though not necessarily the whole truth and nothing but. To get to that, I would need to add:
My elderly father is having increasing impairments regarding mobility. He is still able to live independently, but he requires a lot of assistance with larger tasks, like snow removal. The aid he is currently getting is not always sufficient. Being six or more hours away by car means I can only visit and lend a hand a few times a year, and I feel that I must be more available to him.
There are other reasons, like my current job rapidly going to the dogs, but those are irrelevant to this question.
On the one hand this might come across as a positive: What a nice guy! He cares about his dad and wants to be there for him. That shows dedication and loyalty.
On the other hand: I don't know about this candidate. He shouldn't have revealed such a personal thing. And can we trust him to keep his focus if he is spending so much time doing someone else's yard work?
Most likely, the interviewer's actual thoughts will be something in between, and just one thought among many other things discussed. Nevertheless, I want to strike a balance between being forthcoming and honest, while not causing unnecessary concern. I've got a couple more month before I hit the accelerator on this job hunt. What advice do you have if this does come up?