I had an interview a week ago (I better not say where as I don't want to breach any TSR guidelines) and towards the end of the interview I was asked if I had any other interviews or offers. They said they didn't want to know where, just whether I had any. Well, I was a bit thrown by this as that was the one question I wasn't prepared for, so I answered truthfully and said I had one offer and two more interviews later in the month.
The interview continued and then I was asked if this was my first interview and I indicated that it was (I received an offer from QUB, without interview). Anyway the panel then put their pens down, looked at me as if I was talking crap and someone said 'I thought you had an offer'. So I calmly explained that I did indeed have an offer, but this was my first interview, and left it at that.
I haven't heard anything yet, post interview, but I must admit I'm a bit troubled. Part of me is worrying that they might reject me simply because I have another offer, although I concede that is unlikely and they are more likely to reject me for other reasons. I'm wondering if they are trying to form an assessment as to how many offers are likely to be accepted. I'm not sure what to think.
With hindsight, I perhaps ought to have said that I wasn't prepared to discuss other offers, but I didn't want to come across as defensive.
Anyone have a similar experience? Is it legitimate of them to ask such a question?
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- Thread Starter
- 09-02-2010 11:35
- 09-02-2010 11:40
I'm struggling to understand why they asked you that.
- 09-02-2010 11:46
I didn't think they were allowed to ask. It isn't really any of their business if you have any other offers. It's especially not fair if they reject you because you already have one etc, whereas the uni might be your first choice!
I have heard of this happening, so when I went to interview I planned to say it was not something I felt was relevant to my application, but was never asked. It is unfair, and it will no doubt bias offers! I really don't know what to think of what happened to you, especially with the whole "but I thought you said you had an offer rudeness". I'd try not to worry about it too much, but next time I'd recommend saying nothing =P
- PS Reviewer
- 09-02-2010 11:48
They can ask what ever they want I assume. Similarly you can choose not to nswer anything you want.
Sounds like they didn't believe you though which can't be good. They don't sound very friendly though so maybe not getting an offer is also a good thing ^^
- 09-02-2010 11:51
Yeah they're not really supposed to ask that, but they did, so that's life really!