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Are you applying for other jobs?

1 of 17 Direct Interview Questions and Answers Written by Rachelle Enns

Written on June 29th, 2018 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
How to Answer

The interviewer is looking for answers to a few points when asking this question.

1. The company wants to know what kind of timeline is present before you are scooped up by another organization.
2. They want to know how discerning you are with your job applications.
3. They want to know the types of roles that interest you.
4. They want to hear that they are your top choice.

You can certainly discuss your search but avoid giving too many details. Give the interviewer enough to satisfy the question without revealing your entire search. Some mystery is okay here.

Professional Answer Examples
Answer example

"I recently started my search and had found some interesting job postings related to my accounting degree; however, your role is the position I am most enthusiastic about."

Answer example

"I have had my eye out for the right opportunity but am not applying to just any random administration position. Your role stood out to me because of the industry you are in as well as the additional responsibilities in social media management."

Answer example

"I am applying to other roles. It is important to me that I gain employment as soon as possible; however, I am using discernment when it comes to the interviews that I am accepting. I am very pleased with the opportunity to be here today and look forward to learning more about your position."

Answer example

"Because I have just started my search, my applications are limited. However, there has been strong interest in my resume so far. I do have a couple of other interviews for next week. With that said, I am excited about your unique experience because you offer more face-to-face client interaction and the role is more project management focused."

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"As you know, there are a lot of retail positions open at the moment. I am choosy where my applications go as I need this next step to be a long-term opportunity. I fully believe you are the company that will mold me to succeed in my career, and gives me opportunities for advancement, as I prove myself, which is why I applied here."

Answer example

"I have not been actively seeking a new role but am passively looking at new opportunities that pop up on LinkedIn. Your posting was a recommended job, and it caught my eye. I have put out a few applications in the last while but am not pursuing anything that doesn't excite me."

Answer example

"I am not applying for jobs on a regular basis. Your school is on my short list of schools that I would be thrilled to work for so when I saw your opportunity; I knew I had to give it my best shot! Thank you for having me here today."

Written by:

Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is a job search expert, executive headhunter, career catalyst, and interview coach. Utilized by top talent from Fortune companies like Microsoft, General Electric, and Nestle, she helps professionals position themselves in today's competitive digital marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume and Executive Resume Solutions, two companies focused on helping job seekers get their edge back. She helps everyone from new graduates looking for their first placement, to CEO's who want more out of their career. Rachelle coaches students to executives on how to master the toughest interview questions and how to handle the most bizarre interview situations; all with confidence and poise. Rachelle trains other career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers, globally. A big part of her job is also spent coaching HR professionals on how to bring the human touch back into their interview and hiring process.
Ryan Brown
Ryan Brown, is the creator of MockQuestions. He has over ten years experience creating interview questions. His website has helped over 10 million job seekers in their interview preparation.
Published: 06/29/2018
*Specific career answer examples vary on published date

View user-submitted Answers

Are you applying for other jobs?
I would like to do my higher studies in distance education to improve my level. More over I applied for government jobs.
Yes I want to see what jobs suites me the best so far your company stands out then the other competitors and I want to pursue it.
I would be honest with the interviewer and let them know that I am applying for other jobs.
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