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How do you respond if an interviewer asks who else you're talking to? It seems like a straightforward question, but the wrong answer could carry some risks. If you say "nowhere," might the interviewer think you're desperate? If you name high profile companies, will they infer their job is second choice? The key to answering is to provide just enough information to satisfy the interviewer’s curiosity without hurting your chances.

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If you're talking to other companies, describe them without mentioning their names or where you are in the process. The exception is if you want the interviewer to know you have an offer from another company on the table. For example, say: “I’ve recently interviewed with a bank and a mid-size oil company. However, I’m very interested in this opportunity. When do you need someone to start?” Naturally, you need to tell the truth in case the manager asks you to name the firms. But this answer should satisfy their curiosity without letting the cat out of the bag.

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