Are you applying for other jobs? Best answers
Best answer if you’re interviewing for jobs in other industries
If you are interviewing for a range of different roles in a range of different sectors, we would suggest that when asked this interview question, you only discuss those that are most similar, or require the same skills.
There is no issue in holding back some information about positions you have applied for if you do not think it is relevant. Here is an example, to provide you with some inspiration for your answer:
“I’m interviewing for several job opportunities, which all focus on activities relating to employees. Although I have kept an open mind when applying for graduate jobs, I am more drawn towards HR because I feel that I would enjoy the satisfaction of helping others, like me, find a job that they are suited to and truly enjoy.”
Best answer if you are interviewing for competitors
If you are currently interviewing for similar companies and even their competitors, this is a very good position to be in.
It is also good to be honest and open about where you have interviewed and any upcoming interviews (providing they are relevant to the role you are applying for!)
This will enable you to speak more freely, in a less scripted and robotic manor when answering this common interview question.
“I had an interview with ‘We Are Recruitment’ last week and I have two interviews coming up with ‘Quick Jobs’ and ‘Give A Grad A Go’, all for HR Assistant positions. Based on the job descriptions for each of these, I have been most excited about this interview, as the role entails many different responsibilities and challenges which I am keen to help you overcome.”
If you are not comfortable revealing the companies you have interviews for, perhaps re-word your answer to this:
“So far I have had one interview already and got two interviews in the pipeline for HR Assistant positions at similar Recruitment Agencies to yours.”
If the interviewer then proceeds to ask you specifically which companies these are, you can respond:
“I’d rather not share the company’s names, I prefer not to in interviews and I will not share your name in any other interview either, I hope that’s ok?”
If it is a recruitment company that you are speaking to, it will be different in this case. They are likely to be asking to ensure that there is no overlap with their clients.
Plus, it would not be time efficient for you or them if they send your CV to these employers who you are already be in contact with.
Best answer if you’re not interviewing anywhere else
“Are you applying for other jobs?” can be a very off-putting question if you are not currently interviewing elsewhere. Instead of the lack of interviews being portrayed in a negative way,
it is a good idea to state that it is still early on in the job application process for you, or that you haven’t yet found the right job role, but this role ticks all your boxes! Here’s an example answer to help:
“I am still just at the start of my job search at the moment and this is my first interview, but the kinds of the roles I have been applying for are all within HR, which is what I am really passionate about and would love to pursue.”