Bob had a job interview at company A. At the end Bob was asked whether he is applying elsewhere so that if this is the case, if necessary, they could try to speed up the decision process. Bob answered truthfully that he is expecting the answer of another company (company B) the next days. One day later company B sent a rejection.
Now Bob has several possibilities:
He could just wait for the decision of company A. However, company A might then assume, that maybe company B rejected Bob's application and being wondering why.
Bob could ask for a fast decision nevertheless (without explicitly mentioning company B and of course without lying).
Do you see a better solution? If no, is option 1 or 2 preferable?
To clarify: From Bob's perspective, there is no need for a speed-up anymore. But he wants to avoid that company A concludes that company B rejected Bob if he does not ask for a speed-up. If company A thinks company B rejected Bob, they may wonder why this is the case and possibly think something like "If company B does not want to hire him, they will have their reasons. Let us be careful and also not hire him."
Edit: A possibly important point that I forgot to mention: When Bob informed company A during the interview that he is expecting the final response from company B within the next days, company A stated that in case a speed-up of the process will be needed, Bob should let them know.