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Old 10-19-2014, 09:38 AM
 
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One common question recruiters ask during initial screen is 'are you looking or interviewing elsewhere? how far are you down the process?', is it bad to say yes?
I have always thought being open and honest is the way to go but now I'm thinking otherwise because...
  1. Companies want to hire someone who is passionate, dedicated, and goes for what they want. If you are looking around and interviewing elsewhere too, it shows you have interest in other places. It may show you are not serious about this opportunity and they would rather hire someone who is more eager
  2. From my past experience, I, one time many years ago, had 3 final round interviews with 3 different companies all within 3 days. I was honest and told each one of them my situation. All 3 went well and every company wanted me. At the end of the interviews, the hiring managers would tell me and asked me stuff like 'I know you are interviewing with 2 other companies but I want you to choose us. What do you need from me?' etc etc. I basically got a verbal from all 3 on the spot. A couple days later, I got a written offer from 2 of them, and 1 of them called me and said they decided not to move forward. I always wondered why that one decided not to move forward cause again, the hiring manager said he wanted. The only thing I can think of is they wanted to hire someone who is passionate and dedicated and not shopping around elsewhere. This is a guess...
So thoughts on this topic?
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Old 10-19-2014, 11:46 AM
 
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One common question recruiters ask during initial screen is 'are you looking or interviewing elsewhere? how far are you down the process?', is it bad to say yes?
I have always thought being open and honest is the way to go but now I'm thinking otherwise because...
  1. Companies want to hire someone who is passionate, dedicated, and goes for what they want. If you are looking around and interviewing elsewhere too, it shows you have interest in other places. It may show you are not serious about this opportunity and they would rather hire someone who is more eager
  2. From my past experience, I, one time many years ago, had 3 final round interviews with 3 different companies all within 3 days. I was honest and told each one of them my situation. All 3 went well and every company wanted me. At the end of the interviews, the hiring managers would tell me and asked me stuff like 'I know you are interviewing with 2 other companies but I want you to choose us. What do you need from me?' etc etc. I basically got a verbal from all 3 on the spot. A couple days later, I got a written offer from 2 of them, and 1 of them called me and said they decided not to move forward. I always wondered why that one decided not to move forward cause again, the hiring manager said he wanted. The only thing I can think of is they wanted to hire someone who is passionate and dedicated and not shopping around elsewhere. This is a guess...
So thoughts on this topic?
Either derail the question or phrase it in such a way that you look like you're a hot commodity and they shouldn't miss out on you.
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Old 10-19-2014, 12:27 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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I never ask, but if volunteered it my reduce their chances, for me. I am interviewing next week and two of the 12 people applied for another job at our company. All are the same pay, but I'll devote more attention to those not interviewing elsewhere because I don't want to have to risk picking someone and losing them to the other department if they make the selection and offer sooner.

In another case, the last person I hired was considering another offer elsewhere and asked for a few days to decide. While he was "thinking about it" I had the HR benefits person call and give him more detail about our package and that did the trick. In this case he was so much better than the #2 applicant that it was well worth the effort, if someone else had been close I would have just given a deadline and waited.
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Old 10-19-2014, 11:44 PM
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Location: Tall Building down by the river
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a company does not need to know other places you are interviewing. That is confidential information and does not need to be revealed. The only thing a company needs to be concerned about is whether or not you want to work for them.
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Old 10-19-2014, 11:48 PM
 
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a company does not need to know other places you are interviewing. That is confidential information and does not need to be revealed. The only thing a company needs to be concerned about is whether or not you want to work for them.
They won't hire you if you refuse to answer a question. The business world is cutthroat.
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Old 10-19-2014, 11:54 PM
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They won't hire you if you refuse to answer a question. The business world is cutthroat.
You can say that you are not interviewing anywhere else. And if that does not end the conversation about that you end the interview.
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Old 10-20-2014, 12:01 AM
 
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You can say that you are not interviewing anywhere else. And if that does not end the conversation about that you end the interview.
No. You keep doing whatever they ask because otherwise you'll be flipping burgers unless your Uncle's last name is Schwab for instance.
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Old 10-20-2014, 12:08 AM
 
Location: Hawaii-Puna District
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I just answer with, "I have recently been contacted by some other companies that are also expressing an interest in me." Since I am a contract employee, it tends to always be true since I get unsolicited offers for interviews all the time.
(While that may sound great - it really gets annoying)
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Old 10-20-2014, 12:08 AM
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No. You keep doing whatever they ask because otherwise you'll be flipping burgers unless your Uncle's last name is Schwab for instance.
If you have confidence that your background and skills will land you another opportunity you won't have to deal with questions that are not relevant to the job.
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Old 10-20-2014, 12:10 AM
 
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If you have confidence that your background and skills will land you another opportunity you won't have to deal with questions that are not relevant to the job.
Yeah but when you're competing with people who were VPs for corporations who lost their jobs in the crash for entry level work you feel blessed you were chosen.
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