Post # 1
Regular bee going anon, I need some career help!
So recently I have been looking to advance in my career and move to a new company for a better position. I applied to 2 different places and set up interviews with each, one was last week (Company X) and one was earlier this week (Company A).
Company X immediately wanted me on board. They were fast to respond to me, had a phone interview set up several days after applying then an in person interview the following day. They gave me a good offer and its a plus that they were very responsive. I have not signed any official contract yet, however, as I wanted a chance to interview with Company A as well. I applied to both places roughly around the same time.
Company A is actually my first choice but I had a tough time even securing an interview. I know an employee at one location and was encouraged to send along my resume to their HR person. When he received my resume he said there was nothing suitable available for me at the time. However, I also applied online to a secondary location where their recruiter was very keen to meet up with me. I interviewed with both the recruiter and HR person together earlier this week. I felt like I really hit it off with the recruiter but the HR person didn’t seem particularly interested in the interview at all.
This is what shocked me the most, and totally caught me off guard. The HR person asked if I was working for Company X and/or associated with them. I have NO IDEA how the heck he would have this information as I just interviewed not even a week beforehand and have not signed a thing. Isn’t that information supposed to be confidential? I ended up being honest in the interview and said they sent me an offer but they were not my first choice. I was also asked if I had applied/interviewd with any other companies – which I haven’t and was also honest about.
I have never been caught off guard with that sort of information in an interview before. I’m not sure if this is going to hurt my chances with Company A but any advice would be appreciated!
Post # 2
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
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 # 4
sapphire27 : There are a fair number of companies in my area that could be considered competitors but I was floored when he mentioned the exact company name. I have a feeling it wasn’t a coincidence, I just have no idea where he would have found the information! I’m hoping it works in my favour at least !!
Post # 5
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
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.