Interview 13: What Other Companies Are You Interviewing With?

For the best result, make sure you have read this article and already have a write-up of your answer prior to your Cambly session. You can send a longer text to your tutor through Cambly’s messaging system.

This following content has been modified from TopResume. See the original article here.


Guideline

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What the Hiring Manager Is Really Asking…

The hiring manager asks, “What other companies are you interviewing with?” to:

  • Set a timeline for the hiring process.
  • Understand how many similar positions are open.
  • Get a sense of your popularity if you’re a valuable candidate somewhere else.

Activities

Go over the following points with your tutors. 

  • Are you pursuing more than one open position?
  • Do you know of many other similar positions that are open?
  • Think of how you could communicate your position to the hiring manager.

Guideline

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Step One: Show you’re consistent and valuable

If you’re interviewing with other organizations in the same industry, say something like:

“I am in interview stages at several organizations within the industry. I’d like to choose a position where I’ll bring experience and skills to the organization.”

If you’re interviewing with other organizations in different industries, say something like:

“I am interviewing at different mid-sized companies. For all these positions, a focus is on customer service.” 

If you’re close to accepting an offer from another organization, say something like:

“I am in a serious stage with one other company and expecting an offer soon.” 

If you’re only interviewing with one organization, say something like:

“I am in the early interview stages with one company and am interested in jobs that involve customer service.”

Activities

Go over the following points with your tutors. 

  • Which of the above examples applies to you?
  • What interests you about the position you’re applying for?
  • If applicable, can you identify a common theme in the jobs you’re pursuing?

Guideline

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Step Two: Describe your decision factors

In your response, be sure to describe what factors you would use to make a decision about a position. For example, you could say something like:

“I am eager to accept a position where I could use my customer service skills to help improve the organization. I look forward to being a part of an organization that is dedicated to the customer. Your company’s mission of providing a great customer experience is exciting to me.”

Activities

Go over the following points with your tutors. 

  • What values do you look for in an organization?
  • What skills are you excited about using?
  • How can you apply your response to the position you’re applying for?

Guideline

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Step Three: Describe why this position is a top choice for you

A hiring manager wants to know that you’re interested and excited about the job opening. Your response should include what you appreciate about the position, so say something like:

“From what I’ve learned about this job, I appreciate that I can add value right away. I have experience in providing great customer service and am excited about bringing the same level of excellence at this organization.”

Activities

Go over the following points with your tutors. 

  • What is something you appreciate about the position you’re applying for?
  • Consider how you can show your excitement for the position.
  • How do your past experiences connect to this position?

Guideline

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Be careful of what details you share

When you answer the question, “What other companies are you interviewing with?” you don’t have to share all your details. Sometimes, companies keep their offers secret. Be sure to respect that and communicate that to the hiring manager if needed.

If you do decide to share important details, be smart about how you share. But remember, the hiring manager can’t force you to share. Be sure to stay respectful and professional.

Activities

Go over the following points with your tutors. 

  • Write the first draft of your answer with your tutor.
  • Are there any words or phrases that you are not comfortable pronouncing?
  • Now rehearse with your tutor until you are comfortable answering the question without the script.

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