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Rachelle Enns is an interview coach and job search expert. She works with candidates to perform their best in employment, medical, and post-secondary admission interviews.

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Are you actively interviewing with other companies? Are you close to offer stage with anyone?

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    Are you actively interviewing with other companies? Are you close to offer stage with anyone?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer wants to gauge better if their hiring timeline fits with your current schedule. Your answer will determine if they continue to engage with you, based on their timing and needs.

      If you are actively interviewing: "Yes, I am very active in my search and have had multiple invitations to interview. Currently, I am in the second interview stage with one company and third interview stage with another."

      If you are not interviewing with other companies: "I just started my search, so I am not in final interviews with any other company. I am aggressively seeking, however."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "Yes, I am very active in my search and have had multiple invitations to interview. Currently, I am in the second interview stage with one company and third interview stage with another."

      Rachelle's Answer for an Admin Interview

      "I am currently exploring opportunities with other organizations or similar roles. At this time, I am not at the offer stage but will keep you apprised should that change."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Manager Interview

      "I often have my eye on new opportunities, but at this time, your position was the only one that has genuinely caught my eye. Are you looking to find your candidate soon or is your timeline and interview process lengthy?"

      Rachelle's Answer for a Marketing Interview

      "I am interviewing with a couple of other companies, but I am not yet in the offer stage. Could you share with me your timeline?"

      Rachelle's Answer for a Retail Interview

      "I am incredibly choosy about my next move, and I value your organization head and shoulders above all others. Right now, you are the only company for which I have applied. I am not looking for a new position because I have to, but because I believe the time is right for me to expand my horizons, which aligned perfectly with this current opening."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Sales Interview

      "I do have an interview on the books next week as a third, final round interview. I much prefer the sound of your role; however. If you and I can successfully progress over the next week or so I can certainly consider delaying an offer."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Teacher Interview

      "At this time, I have two other schools who are engaging me in their process. With that said, I have been very clear with the interviewers to let them know that I am not looking to make a move until September. I am interested in each role for a unique reason and will not just take the first offer that comes my way. This decision will be one full of thought and discernment."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Laboratory Assistant Interview

      "Yes, I am very active in my search and have had multiple invitations to interview. Currently, I am in the second interview stage with one company and third interview stage with another."

      5 Community Answers

      Anonymous Answer

      "I am currently in the first stage with another company, and I am aggressively searching as well."

      Rachelle's Answer

      This would be a great opportunity to ask the interviewer what their hiring timeline looks like, as well as confirm why you are interested in this particular role. I have provided an example below.

      "I am currently in the first stage of interviews with another company and am aggressively looking for a new opportunity. Could you share with me your hiring timeline for this role? I am very keen on this opportunity because (give your reasoning)."

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      Anonymous Answer

      "I have received a lot of interest in my resume and attended several interviews during my job search. My previous employer asked me back on a contract basis, but at the last moment, the project was canceled and will be replaced with another product. That opportunity is still an open possibility."

      Cindy's Answer

      Good! Is this position more appealing? Is it a better choice? You may want to add information that allows the interviewer to gauge your interest.

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