Surprise question in an interview

posted 5 months ago in Career
Post # 2
2547 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

Maybe this is a question they ask everyone if the companies are in direct competition with eachother? I have worked at a place where I had to sign a contract stating that I would not work for any of their competitiors for at least 12 months after leaving my job, and that I did not have any current associations with them. 

If anything I should hope that being wanted by another company would make you more desirable, not hurt your chances. Darling Husband is excellent at using job offers from other companies for leveraging other offers from more desirable places. Fingers crossed its the same case for you. 

Post # 3
5773 posts
Bee Keeper

They might have also had other candidates that applied for both jobs? It is a bit weird that they would ask that. But I agree with pp – it likely only makes you look more desireable. Good luck bee! 

eta – I wanted to share a story from my recruiters. We were hiring someone, and they offered the position. The person came back and said basically “thanks, but company A is offering a better package and I will be going with them”. They discussed it, and countered back with a higher offer. I can’t remember now which job she took, but I thought – good for her, getting a bidding war going for her skills lol. 

Post # 5
1364 posts
Bumble bee

Did you follow the other company on Linkedin? Or did you connect on LinkedIn with recruiters from the other company? Recruiters look at that stuff. It’s fairly common to ask if you are interviewing elsewhere or have gotten other offers. They want to know if they have to compete for you.

Post # 6
2028 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I’ve never been asked about a specific company, but I thought it was fairly standard practice to ask a candidate if they are applying for multiple jobs at different places.



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