A friend of mine is currently in the process of seeking a job.
After a seemingly successful interview, they got an email from HR, that - in condensed form - seemed to be:
- Your last interview round went well
- We are still interviewing one more person before making final decision
- Please let us know if you're close to an offer elsewhere, so we can expedite that decision here.
What would be the good and bad approaches to answering their question #3?
- The person is not currently employed, and desperately wants this job, so their main concern is to minimize the chances of jeopardizing this offer.
- They are indeed interviewing elsewhere, but don't have any strong current options - all other companies are in earlier stages of interviewing. There's no guarantee that the other companies would extend an offer, and they are in a field with very strong labor competition.
I can see several possible approaches, and surely there are more that I didn't list:
- Ignore #3 and don't answer it
- Tell them that you don't have any close offers, and to take their sweet time. The cons here is that they may see you as less desirable - if you're so great, why isn't another company sweeping you off the market ASAP?
- Tell them that you're interviewing with other companies but there's no short term time pressure for at least a week.
- Tell them that you are close to an offer elsewhere so a faster decision would be appreciated. This is a bluff (as you want a job here), and concern is that this response would push them towards another candidate who they can evaluate for longer.