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- by Despareux May 30, '12Near the end of my interview, I was asked if I have had other interviews or any lined up. I told them that I have been to two interviews and I am waiting for a response. Then they asked me where and I told them. Why would they want to know this information and should I have told them? I really didn't want to tell them, but I felt this "pull" to divulge this information.
- May 30, '12 by justin.jBefore going back to school for nursing, I worked in HR and was part of a recruiting team. Some of the other folks in my department would ask that question, make a note of it, and then unfortunately try to give a low ball offer to the applicants who said they had no other interviews or opportunities. If the applicant came back to the negotiating table stating that they had a better offer and wanted us to match, the recruiter would promptly call to their attention the fact that they said they had no other offers during their interview with our company. (Now can you see why I needed to get out of that office?) As to whether or not that's what your folks were doing, I'm not too sure. If the hospital has a fixed pay scale, it seems unlikely. I'd like to think that these are good people and want an idea of how long they have to push your application through the proper channels before they can move forward with you. If you have other interviews, they'll know they have less time to snag you before someone else makes you an offer.
Also, generally speaking unless you know a question is illegal, it's usually never in your best interest to refuse to answer. All you can do is give an honest answer and let them take it away from there. Good luck to you!
- May 30, '12 by ozoianI had a smilar situation recently with a hospital (XYZ) I interviewed at as a New Grad RN... I told them I had two interview at two local hospitals the week before but that my HEART was at hospital XYZ. As of today I am the only applicant who heard back from hospital XYZ. All other applicants that I know have not heard word back.
Just be honest, be you, be professional, show enthusiasm, and tell the hiring managers that you really want to be there.
Good luck! Sounds like you are doing great!
- May 31, '12 by DespareuxThanks. I think they could tell I was uncomfortable answering that question. Do you think they would check to see if the other companies were going to offer me the job? That would almost stalker-ish; so I hope they wouldn't do that.
- May 31, '12 by justin.jNah, even the most unethical recruiters that I worked with wouldn't go that far. I wouldn't sweat it.
- May 31, '12 by not.done.yetPerhaps answer with a vague "I am exploring all options for employment, of course, but this particular opportunity with your organization is my top priority. Do you know how soon you will be making a decision?"
If you answer with a question, it is hard for them to work back around to asking you more specifics such as where you are interviewing and who has offered you jobs.
- May 31, '12 by llgThey may also want to see where your true interests lie. For example, if the other jobs you are applying for are in the same specialty, they may take it as a sign that you are really interested in that specialty. If not, it may help them discover what type of nursing you are REALLY interested in and whether or not the job they are trying to fill is one that matches well with your real interests.
- May 31, '12 by jodyangelThe questions they ask are Crazy! I'm interviewing and I dread them!
- May 31, '12 by jmiraRNQuote from herasheisSuch a strange question, would definitely make me feel uncomfortable, but you were honest and you responded in the best way possible.Near the end of my interview, I was asked if I have had other interviews or any lined up. I told them that I have been to two interviews and I am waiting for a response. Then they asked me where and I told them. Why would they want to know this information and should I have told them? I really didn't want to tell them, but I felt this "pull" to divulge this information.
Seems like they would only ask that specific question if they were interested in you.
- May 31, '12 by Patti_RNIn my book, this is the equivalent of the applicant asking for names of others who are being interviewed!
You had two options during the interview: refusing to answer the question (this would make you appear very uncooperative) or answering honestly (and feeling this was inappropriate--it was!)
As others have said, they have some reason for asking--they want to make an offer before you accept elsewhere, or they might be worried that if you accept their offer, then another place calls you, you'll jump ship. This is the only situation where you might be able to do some damage control. If you have not yet written a thank you note, do so now. In the note, express that THEIR organization is your first choice, you're excited about the prospect of working there, you appreciate the interviewer's time, and you're looking forward to knowing their decision. (But, only do this if you are sure you wouldn't quit next week if another employer offers you a job!)