“So, what other companies are you interviewing with?”
Your brain may go into a frenzy of other questions — Why are they asking? What should I tell them? How much do they need to know?
Are they stalking me?
This is actually a pretty simple interview question — one that you can answer without having to hurt your brain by thinking too hard.
When this question comes up, usually interviewers are curious about what other companies you have interviews with for a variety of reasons, none of which have to deal with following you around.
Even though this is a pretty simple question, don’t get too comfortable!
This question is something to prepare for, so here’s what you need to know:
In order to give the best answer possible, it’s important to think about why the interviewer is even asking you this question in the first place.
Here are some things to consider:
1. This question is often a sign that the interviewer likes you (no, not like that — get your mind out of the gutter). They might being trying to figure out how in demand you are and how they compare to the competition.
Interviewers want to know what their chances are of gaining an ideal employee.
2. Interviewers might want to know how focused you are on furthering your career or how seriously you’re looking for a new job.
They want to get a sense of your job hunt and exactly what it is you’re looking for in an employer.
3. Employers typically want to hear that you’re looking at jobs in the same industry or industries that are fairly similar.
If this is your only interview with an accounting firm, it’s probably best not to mention that your other job prospects are for testing potato chip crispness.
It can be difficult to try to decide what you should bring up and what you should keep to yourself. Here are some things to keep in mind:
“I’m currently interviewing with several different companies in the media and broadcasting industry and I am at various stages with each of them, but I’m most excited to work here because of the opportunities for growth, the chance to learn new technologies, and the ability to get hands-on experience.”
Why It’s A Good Answer
This person has shown the interviewer that they’re a desirable candidate in their industry.
They have also shown their enthusiasm for the position by mentioning details of the job that excite them, which tells the interviewer that they’ve done research on the company.
“I’m interviewing with a few different companies for a variety of positions, but it all comes down to writing content that is informative yet entertaining.
I am very open to different means of furthering my career, but based on my research, I feel that I could write really great content for you because of the topic and industry that you’re in.”
Why It’s A Good Answer
This answer hints that they have interviews with companies in other industries, but tells their interviewer that their main goal is to put out great content for the company. They have also shown interest by stating that they produce successful work because of their topic and industry.
“I’ve only recently started looking for jobs. So far, I’ve been looking into jobs that will allow me to use my skills as a strategic thinker and my degree in Mathematics.
I was very excited to have found this position, as I feel that my skill with numbers could help to streamline processes and automate analyses.”
Why It’s A Good Answer
This person has shown that they are excited for the position while also briefly mentioning their skills and qualifications.
Note how they were able to avoid sounding disappointed in their lack of interviews or looking desperate for a job.
Use your answer to this question to show the interviewer that you’re most interested in the job you’re currently interviewing for.
Employers want to hear that you’re interested in jobs similar to theirs. If you’re going for a retail position, try not to mention that your real goal is to be an astronaut.
It’s okay if you don’t have other interviews lined up, but don’t lie to make yourself look better.
This never goes well for first dates — why would it be any different for a job interview?
Hey, it’s kind of like a first date. Your best bet in this situation would be to show your interest in the company and try not to mention your lack of options (romantic or professional).
You can be sure to hear back from the company for a second interview (or a date, whatever makes you feel better about yourself — just don’t try to kiss them).