Take the 2-minute tour ×
Programmers Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for professional programmers interested in conceptual questions about software development. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I graduate at the end of this year and I've been to a couple of interviews recently.
In almost all of them, i've been asked: "to which other companies have you applied to?"

Why is this important to them? What is the best way to answer this question?

FYI, I was caught out by this q and my answers involved some kind of lies.

share|improve this question
This question would be ideal for the Profession Matters site currently in commitment. Sign up and get the site started sooner. –  ChrisF Oct 19 '11 at 16:28
add comment

closed as off topic by Michael K, ChrisF Oct 19 '11 at 16:27

Questions on Programmers Stack Exchange are expected to relate to software development within the scope defined by the community. Consider editing the question or leaving comments for improvement if you believe the question can be reworded to fit within the scope. Read more about reopening questions here.If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

1 Answer

You say "I just started looking"

Usually this question is from a recruiter who is fishing for information.

Maybe they will get a lead out of it. BUT If they think you will be getting an offer soon, they won't submit you to there client because of the chance they will also get you an offer, and you may reject it for the other one.

share|improve this answer
"I don't discuss my candidacy at other companies" would be an even better answer. –  Blrfl Oct 19 '11 at 20:22
add comment

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.