Monday, April 16, 2012

Revealing to Recruiters Where Else You're Interviewing

What do I say if an interviewer asks me where else I’ve applied or interviewed? Do I have to tell them?

1 comment:

USDCareerBlog said...

Let’s address the second question first. No, you don’t have to tell them. But this puts you in the awkward position of refusing to answer a question that is not uncommon in job interviews.

Now let’s tackle the first question. We generally recommend that you tell the interviewer where else you’ve applied or interviewed, if asked. There are several reasons.

First, they may already know. Recruiters sometimes speak to one another – even ones in competing organizations – or hear information from other students. So you certainly don’t want to get caught in a lie by saying, "Well I’m not applying or interviewing with anyone else” when they already know you’ve applied or interviewed.

Second, it’s highly unlikely that a prospective employer would object to your applying and interviewing elsewhere. You need a job so you’re wisely taking advantage of all opportunities and doing a thorough job search. No reasonable employer will begrudge your trying to find work.

Third, candidates look good when they have multiple interviews. This just confirms the recruiter’s perspective that you’re an excellent candidate since other organizations see fit to interview you.

What you don’t want to do is imply that you’re applying to each and every position that comes along, nor that the position to which you’re currently applying is not one in which you’re particularly interested. Instead, you’re considering other suitable opportunities, but feel that this particular position and organization is an especially good fit.