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    Default How to answer these questions?

    Hi, I'm new to NZ job market and started applying for few ICT jobs recently(I'm experienced professional abroad and recently came here and working already).

    When the hiring managers call me, they are asking me some questions like what other jobs have you applied for? What happened to those jobs? Are there any job offers in progress? etc.

    I'm quite hesitant to answer these questions frankly(I feel like telling them it's none of your business. Why do you want to know all these details?).
    If I answer them like I've applied for some XYZ job and some other ABC job is in progress, I feel they may snub my application.
    At the same time, I don't want to tell them like I've applied for few jobs but couldn't get through etc.
    So, I'm just lying to them saying I started applying for jobs recently and I've applied for few of them but haven't heard from them yet etc.

    I just want to understand the rationale behind this question from hiring manager.
    What's the smart answer we need to give without denting our chances and without revealing much of these details.

    How do you guys handle this question?

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    Quote Originally Posted by njrfrens View Post
    Hi, I'm new to NZ job market and started applying for few ICT jobs recently(I'm experienced professional abroad and recently came here and working already).

    When the hiring managers call me, they are asking me some questions like what other jobs have you applied for? What happened to those jobs? Are there any job offers in progress? etc.

    I'm quite hesitant to answer these questions frankly(I feel like telling them it's none of your business. Why do you want to know all these details?).
    If I answer them like I've applied for some XYZ job and some other ABC job is in progress, I feel they may snub my application.
    At the same time, I don't want to tell them like I've applied for few jobs but couldn't get through etc.
    So, I'm just lying to them saying I started applying for jobs recently and I've applied for few of them but haven't heard from them yet etc.

    I just want to understand the rationale behind this question from hiring manager.
    What's the smart answer we need to give without denting our chances and without revealing much of these details.

    How do you guys handle this question?
    This was one of the most annoying question I faced from the recruitment agencies. Usually I'm very straight forward person but I "try" to be nice and still give a positive answer that's the companies I have applied are confidential to the employer & their agency and just give them the name of the role in a generic format (so the agency cannot just go onto Google and poach a new client), you can always say which part of the hiring phase your application is in. Overall, you don't have to lie and also pass on a subtle message that you wont just reveal details which are outside your hiring application (could probably work in your favor to keep confidential information secret ). Hope that helps.

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    That sounds a better answer. Thanks for that.

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    I took this question as a kind of check-up on how serious I was for the role /industry.
    For example if I'd applied for a widely different role to the one I'm been interviewed for they may question my motivations.

    You could also couch the response in saying I applied for XY job, but now this one has come up in your company it's far more interesting!

    Good luck in your search

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    I can tell you, from my time working in recruiting in the United States, that if you're getting these questions from a recruiter don't worry overly much about saying just what you've been saying. Quite often these questions are used to discover which companies are hiring for which positions, giving the recruiter the opportunity to call the company and pitch their own services in filling the open job position. It's a bit sneaky and underhanded of the recruiter but I wouldn't give them any more information than you've been providing; that you just began applying, etc. Just remember, if they call and pitch their services for the open position knowing that the company has already spoken to you it won't be you they're suggesting for the position.

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