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Interviewers Love Their Competitors

Q: If an interviewer asks if I have applied to other companies, including competitors, should I be frank?

Yes, it is okay to tell them that you are interviewing with their competitors. This will actually give them some level of comfort, since it shows that you are focused on their particular industry.

But, don’t elaborate on the point; this is a common mistake. Keep it short and sweet. Since this is a general question, you only have to give a general response. Specifically, don’t go into detail about your other opportunities, their relative fit, and your assessment of them.

If someone asks you this level of detail—which they may near the offer stage of the process—keep it positive. Never “diss” another company – even to a perceived rival. This would be viewed as unprofessional.

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6 comments:

  1. But is it there right to ask you that question? By asking if you have other interviews lined up, including their competitors, are they more likely to hire you because they don't want their competitors to get you?

    I have always been told that its none of their business and that they shouldn't ask you that question. Just curious~

  1. KnowledgeCity,

    Yes, it is a fair question - an interviewer can learn whether you are really interested in his or her field.

    Just don't go into detail about the other firms!

  1. I have always been told that its none of their business and that they shouldn't ask you that question.

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  1. i agree with:

    "Yes, it is okay to tell them that you are interviewing with their competitors."

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