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Old 08-06-2010, 07:32 PM
 
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I got a call from a company a couple of weeks ago. It's a small miracle since I don't believe that people really get jobs when they send in their resume through a company website.

Anyway, I had a phone interview, then an in person interview... then ANOTHER one today. I will have one more if I pass this one. The recruiter for the company has asked me several times over the course of the last couple of weeks if I have "anything else in the pipeline"

Is this a trick question? Why keep asking me? Does it matter?

Feedback?

Thanks!

DVA
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Old 08-06-2010, 10:44 PM
 
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Wow... nothing?
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Old 08-06-2010, 10:59 PM
 
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Well, I'll atleast come in and say that I read your post and thought about it. I didn't respond because I don't really know. It could just be the recruiter being sincere and see how your job search is going outside of this company. Or it could also be the recruiter trying to feel what field your playing on. For example, if he knows your pipeline is empty, he could lowball your rates... but if he knows that you have options, he could be more competitive. Honestly, I don't know and am just speculating.
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Old 08-06-2010, 11:05 PM
 
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Thanks NJ.... maybe Ill start playing the game a little and telling her I have something "going on"...

Thanks again for your reply.
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Old 08-07-2010, 12:32 AM
 
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That would bother me. Does this recruiter work for the company directly or an agency?

They're known for trying to solicit business like this. It could also have to do with low balling the salary.

I wouldn't share too much information with them.
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Old 08-07-2010, 05:58 AM
 
Location: Stuck in NE GA right now
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It's none of their business if you have other apps out - state something really vague. Or turn it around and ask them about the question and explain why they are asking it?

Typical corp control, they want commitment from you even before they offer you a job, yet they'll throw you out the door at the drop of a hat.
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Old 08-07-2010, 08:39 AM
 
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I agree with the above posters about games and lowballing... trying to feel out how desparate you are.

They also could be trying to see what other kinds of jobs you've applied for to see if you're looking for that specific type of employment or if you're applying for many different kinds of work. Does that make sense?
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Old 08-07-2010, 08:43 AM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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You could sincerely and non confrontationally ask "Out of curiosity, why do ask?" Also, they would most certainly admit that they are interviewing other candidates.
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Old 08-07-2010, 08:45 AM
 
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I agree with the above posters about games and lowballing... trying to feel out how desparate you are.

They also could be trying to see what other kinds of jobs you've applied for to see if you're looking for that specific type of employment or if you're applying for many different kinds of work. Does that make sense?
It could be that or it could be that they want to see what the chances are the applicant won't end up accepting the job and they would have to start over.

To me it's a tough question and I'd answer it honestly and carefully. I would answer that I have other applications out there but I'm especially interested in working for this particular company. You wouldn't want to sound desperate but you wouldn't want to sound like you don't care either.
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Old 08-07-2010, 08:55 AM
 
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It could be that or it could be that they want to see what the chances are the applicant won't end up accepting the job and they would have to start over.

To me it's a tough question and I'd answer it honestly and carefully. I would answer that I have other applications out there but I'm especially interested in working for this particular company. You wouldn't want to sound desperate but you wouldn't want to sound like you don't care either.
Good advice.

They are giving you the opportunity to tell them how interested you are in working for their company....

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