A bit of context. I am about to get my PhD soon and a few months ago I started applying for R&D positions1 , both in academia and in the industry. A few things to note here:
- I am interested in applying to positions in a limited number of countries (in Europe)
- The positions I applied to may be very competitive (especially the ones in industry)
- The COVID situation may be impacting the job market
So the result is that I ended up with a very limited number of applications (~15) and absolutely no feedback from them, except one rejection and one invitation for an interview. The latter is in an academic research lab.
Now I have been thinking, if in this upcoming interview I'm asked: “Are you currently interviewing elsewhere?”, should I be honest and say that I’m not?
My concern is that I don’t know how this could be seen. I thought of 2 options:
- they will think that I’m not “in-demand” and that I don’t have successful applications so perhaps that may discourage them from hiring me.
- they instead would be understanding of the fact that I don't have other options, given the global context and my personal preferences. Then, if the interview goes well and they do make an offer, I'd have to provide them with a response fast since they know that I don’t have other options. My concern here is: what if (miraculously) another/better option opens up for me in the meantime such that it would be better for me not to respond to the first offer right away.
Note that my question is not very related to: Should I tell other interviewers where else I've interviewed?, as that one deals with the case where the candidate had other interviews and it is about graduate school admissions, while mine is related to a later career stage. In addition, as there is an academic component in the situation, I preferred to ask the question here instead of Workplace SE.
Any thoughts would be welcome.
1 What I mean by R&D positions are those positions where you work in the context of EU R&D projects. I hope that's not too vague as a definition.