If we weren't hiring, which company would you apply to?

Booking.com / Eng let's go
Jan 13 12 Comments

Lately, I have been getting this question at multiple mid-sized companies in hiring manager rounds.

I want to get ideas from you all how would you answer it? What's the purpose of this question?

This is the exact question: "If our company didn't exist or we weren't hiring, which company would you apply to?"

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  • Booking.com / Eng let's go
    OP
    So far, I have answered it in these ways:

    "The reason I applied here are X, Y and Z. So, I'd look for another company which can offer me these things. Don't have any company on mind right now."

    "The reason I applied here is because I love the product. So, I'd apply at a company whose product I like. For example, X (not their competitor).
    Jan 13 3
    • Booking.com / Eng let's go
      OP
      What will be a better answer? Any example?
      Jan 13
    • Booking.com / Eng let's go
      OP
      Ah, that's a nice one. Thanks!
      Jan 13
    • Wells Fargo qUyB01
      Probably just looking for your thought process. So any companies with similar product competency, similar mission, similar level of smarts etc. should be ok. They probably want to weed out folks who are looking to leave their current place come what may.
      Jan 13
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    • Booking.com / Eng let's go
      OP
      Any chance that's not the translation they have in mind? Maybe they are looking for something else?
      Jan 13
    • Booking.com / Eng let's go
      OP
      I'm not sure that's just mid tier thing. For example, even Palantir asked me this question. I know there are some concerns about that company but they wouldn't have any doubt about their caliber. What do you think?
      Jan 13
    • Booking.com / Eng let's go
      OP
      Ok :p
      Jan 13
  • CA Technologies TonkarBell
    I usually find something like “I want to work for a company that”

    - works in the consumer/retail space (Amazon/Uber)
    - in the start up space (AWS)
    - leading the technology (Google)

    Or something that is unique to their field and close with “ and yours fits the bill perfectly”.

    I often notice they just take note of it and move on like they are checking the mandatory questions box. No follow up questions asked ever.
    Jan 13 1
    • Booking.com / Eng let's go
      OP
      I have also observed the same thing. Never had any follow up question for that.
      Jan 13
  • PayPal unionfind
    Your competitor. Somehow i fell small companies have an inflated sense of their worth. Its okay to be a bit of an ass for such a question
    Jan 13 1
    • Booking.com / Eng let's go
      OP
      Really? That's the kind of answers I have been avoiding completely. Not sure how that's going to turn out.
      Jan 13
  • Amazon / Eng GHskann
    What a weird question
    Jan 13 0