Applying for the same job

March 15, 2007 at 11:52 am 2 comments

One thing that I am finding that is coming up pretty often is how to deal with more than one person applying for the same job. As new grads, the entire class is graduating at the same, which means that we’re also all looking for jobs at the same time. So what do you do if you find out that your best friend is applying for the same job that you are?

I see two potential ways of handling it. On the one hand, you can keep your friend informed from the beginning and tell him or her that you’re planning on applying for a specific job. Alternatively, you can keep all your job interviews a secret.

Personally, I like the second option better. If you go with the first option, then you may have to deal with a friend who says, “Oh, but I’m already applying there, and if you still want to be friends, you wouldn’t take away a possible job from me.”

But even if you do keep things hush hush, there is plenty of room for awkwardness. Just yesterday, I was doing an internship at a hospital that I interviewed at when I saw a classmate of mine getting a tour from the senior OT at the hospital. Now I had already applied for the job, and they had said over and over again how interested they were in hiring me. So when I suddenly saw my classmate dressed in a suit and getting a tour, I was a little put off.

So no matter how you handle the situation, it’s a tough call. I would say that if you go out on interviews with the realization that there’s a whole class of new grads, then there is going to be competition for jobs. Thankfully, there are plenty of OT jobs currently available with most offering hefty sign on bonuses.

Any comments on how to handle the situation are welcome.


Entry filed under: interviewing, job search, new grad, occupational therapy, OT.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Paul  |  December 9, 2008 at 3:11 pm

    I suggest you do whatever you can to have the hirees come to you. Submitting resumes and applications to find work is the cold-calling of job search. Best thing to do is have the hirees come to you where you don’t need to apply to the same company, hospital, etc. where your friend is applying. For example, if your friend sees that you got a job when you both applied how would he feel. Probably that you were competing and won the game and he lost. If however you placed a classified advertisement for a job in the right publication, in a cost effective way, than your friend would ask “how did you get the job.” And you would say “they came to me.” Doesn’t that seem easier and less competition than applying for the same position at the same place?

  • 2. Joy  |  November 1, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    I have been in a similar situation recently. I am in my first/final year of graduate school for OT, and recently, two of my friends and I applied to a job position at a ‘local-enough’ hospital. We applied through a website from a college fair the three of us were planning on attending, knowing that this hospital was going to be there. All three of us were very excited to go to the job fair and meet the representatives from this hospital and other facilities around our region. Two days after we applied for the position, we all received emails inviting us to an interview the next week! Although we are still in school, we decided to take this challenge on with no fears or worries! The three of us had our interviews within the same week and even discussed how we think we did without any drama or jealousy involved. I am not sure if this can be attributed to the fact that we still have over half a year left of school or not (so the pressure to get a job is not too great yet), or if we have just been molded to keep our professional faces on and wish the best woman luck. I rather feel, that the three of us friends are just genuinely happy for each other and happy to have the opportunity to even apply for a position this early during these times. I think our cordial demeanors throughout this situation is also result of us possessing enough faith to believe that whatever comes of a job interview was, at the risk of sounding trite, fate.


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