Here is a question that I always have a tough time answering and quite frankly, do not care to.
" How many other candidates are you interviewing for this position?"
I can have an easier time stomaching this if the candidate asks on an initial phone screen or trying to scope out whether this role will be available much longer. I'm more talking about the candidates who ask this question once you have invited them to interview with you. Should it matter? Does that mean they can slack if they know we think they are our front-runner. Or, can they look at us hazy eyed knowing that their chances are one in a million?
I liked to give candidates the benefit of the doubt and hope that they are trying to boost their confidence or make small talk with me, but the question is tough for me. Any suggestions? Are there any questions that sometimes 'irk' you and that you wish to give good advice on how to answer?
Happy Holidays, everyone!!