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Old 12-07-2013, 08:47 AM
 
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I have been interning/temping at this place for about 6 months now. They have now opened up the position as a perm position and are going to interview other people, along with me for the position. It looks like my site director is hesitant about hiring me, but everyone else wants me to be hired. They keep asking if I have been interviewing, but unfortunately, I have had trouble getting other interviews. I'm thinking of just telling them I have an interview or two next week just to put more pressure on them to hire me, and to make me seem more in demand and not so desperate for an offer. It seems like I'm just totally leaving the ball in their court right now. I'm also afraid they might try to lowball me with an offer if I don't have other options.
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Old 12-07-2013, 08:51 AM
 
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Someone just had a thread like this a couple weeks ago.

I like one person's response on being asked if you are interviewing anywhere else right now: No because it's physically impossible to be interviewing with two people at the same time, RIGHT NOW.
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Old 12-07-2013, 08:56 AM
 
Location: Arizona
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Sarcastic comments are often a career limiting move.
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Old 12-07-2013, 09:05 AM
 
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Lying could backfire in your face. There's no need to lie. Plus, telling lies won't put any pressure on them at all since they can hire any candidate. They have options.

Tell them that you really want to get on permanent with their company but as a temp, you always have to look for other permanent opportunities. That's the truth isn't it?
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Old 12-07-2013, 10:11 AM
 
Location: Missouri
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I think sounding positive and committed to your current (albeit temp) employer is the best route to go. I would respond that you are very happy with this organization and not currently looking to go elsewhere.

I would also try to explore why the hiring manager is hesitant about hiring you. When you interview with him or her, I would try to ask a question or two about what goals the manager would want you to especially focus on in the first year of the position, or what skills or qualities the manager would most value for this particular position. His or her answers might be clues to what he or she perceives as your weaknesses.
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Old 12-07-2013, 10:18 AM
 
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I think sounding positive and committed to your current (albeit temp) employer is the best route to go. I would respond that you are very happy with this organization and not currently looking to go elsewhere.

I would also try to explore why the hiring manager is hesitant about hiring you. When you interview with him or her, I would try to ask a question or two about what goals the manager would want you to especially focus on in the first year of the position, or what skills or qualities the manager would most value for this particular position. His or her answers might be clues to what he or she perceives as your weaknesses.
Well I was told by my corporate manager, as well as my HR manager, to look for other jobs and interview with other companies even though I might get an offer. I was also told by my corporate manager that if they know that I am interviewing with other companies, it will make them more likely to extend me an offer because it makes me seem more in demand. So saying that I am not looking to go elsewhere and committed is bad advice. I can be happy and committed at an organization, and still interview for other positions, if they may or may not make me an offer. Those aren't mutually exclusive things. Its better than having NO offers and no backups.
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Old 12-07-2013, 10:31 AM
 
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I think sounding positive and committed to your current (albeit temp) employer is the best route to go. I would respond that you are very happy with this organization and not currently looking to go elsewhere.
If you tell them this, they may get the idea that the person is happy with being a temp.
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Old 12-07-2013, 10:36 AM
 
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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It could backfire! Be careful.
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Old 12-07-2013, 10:39 AM
 
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If you tell them this, they may get the idea that the person is happy with being a temp.
I agree. If it was in their position, and heard this, I would lose respect for the canidate and question their judgement and motivation. That is actually how some temps think, and they remain temps for years and don't look for other jobs. Why should the employer care if they don't? I'm assuming the poster might fall into that category. I do not.

And it can't backfire. I'm not concerned at all about that. And backfire and what? The worst case scenario in either situation and not getting the offer.
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Old 12-07-2013, 10:56 AM
 
Location: CFL
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"I would prefer to stay here but with the uncertainty about the position I am also pursuing other opportunities"

If you don't like your options to a question that is not being asked directly.. Answer a slightly different question with an answer you like
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