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How do recruiters verify that a candidate truly has competing offers?

just wondering if a candidate is able to fabricate about non-existent competing offers and get a higher negotiated offer as a results. IF it’s possible, isn’t it a huge loophole in the system? Wonder if people have lied!

I was a personnel manager and in our office, we did not. We made a firm offer and if you had better offerings somewhere else, there were 10 people waiting to interview for the same spot. Truth is always better.

I don’t think it’s possible to confirm it, but they may be able to look at some resumes and have an idea that the person is a desired candidate. Whether or not they care if you have other offers really depends on the industry and the skill level, too. An executive level position might be more willing to court a prospective candidate than would some entry or mid level positions.