You know the question. Every interviewer asks. And it’s a tough question to answer. How…
John Borrowman, CPC
Borrowman Baker, LLC
If you’ve ever interviewed, you’ve probably heard this question. It may have stumped you. It doesn’t have to.
It’s normal that an employer who interviews you for a job would ask that question. And yet, it can make you choke. How much should you tell this employer? What’s my best ‘play’ here?
Your interviewer would like to know who you’re talking to, of course. What he really needs to know, however, is the status of the process. In other words, how does his hiring timeline match with your interviewing timeline.
It’s to your advantage that he understands where you are in the interviewing process. Why? If he really wants you, he’ll work to fit within your timeline. Answer his question with a recitation of the facts.
- I’ve had a first interview with [number] practices.
- I’ve had a second interview (if you have) with [number] practices.
- I’ve had a third interview (if you have) with [number] practices.
No matter what the interviewer says, this is how you can respond. You get to keep the who under wraps, while giving the interviewer the information that can affect speed of decision-making.