Advice and Examples: Are you applying to work for any of our competitors?
Are you applying to work for any of our competitors?
The hiring company wants to know if you are entertaining close competitors or discussing similar roles with other organizations. The decision-makers also want to know if your job search stage will impact their preferred timing for making a hiring decision. The goal of your response is to inform the company of your job search status while further expressing your interest in this specific opportunity.
Avoid giving the impression that you are only counting on this particular opportunity. Think of this interview question as a 'first date' question. If the person you are on a first date with asked for the names of other people you're dating, you wouldn't start listing other people's names. You also wouldn't say, 'I'm fully committed to only you.' Instead, you want to express your interest while remaining open to other opportunities.
How to Answer
It is essential that the hiring managers understand where you are in your job search and which roles or companies are most appealing to you. It will make the interview and hiring process smoother when the company knows what they need to do to remain competitive with your time and attention.
Talk about your search without disclosing every detail of where else you are interviewing. You are never obligated to reveal the names of the companies you're entertaining. Instead of saying, "Tomorrow I have a second interview with Company ABC and a third interview booked with Company XYZ at the end of the week..." consider saying, "I am actively interviewing with two other companies. One is a financial tech company, and the other is a SaaS company focused on cryptocurrency and traditional investments...."
What You Need to Know
The average HireVue interview takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. This one-way video interview typically includes 3-5 questions. Depending on the hiring company's parameters, the HireVue platform will generally give you 30 seconds to prepare a response and up to 2 minutes to answer each question. It's important to note that HireVue stops recording as soon as your time limit is up, so it's better to run under time than overtime.