How to Manage Multiple Job Offers
daniela de leon
There are a series of steps you can follow when trying to choose between multiple job offers. However, it is always important to make sure you have a written offer before you make a move. One of the biggest mistakes that people make is that they receive a verbal offer from a recruiter and think this is all official. However, if this does happen to you, make sure you follow up with the recruiter by asking, “I am excited to discuss the position in more detail with you. When should I expect to receive a written offer?”
Once you have obtained official written job offers, that is where the decision making comes into play. In order to assess which job offer is best for you, remember to begin by considering your needs. Consider all that you wish to get out of the position. Consider the opportunities of career advancement, the benefits that each job offer has, and which offer honestly interests you most.
Here are some tips for handling multiple job offers:
1. Be honest with employers and request a few more days to get back to them with a decision. Tell them your situation and ask if there is any possible way you could get a bit more time to make the decision.
2. Consider telling the employer about the other offers you have received and requesting their advice
A possible statement can be:
“I’m so excited about the possibility of working for ABC Company. Thank you so much for considering me. I think I will really be able to make a quick impact on [insert thing you know they care about a lot]. I wanted to make you aware of something that’s developed this week and see if you have a recommendation for me. I’ve unexpectedly received another job offer. While ABC is by far my top pick, there are aspects of the other role that appeal to me. They would like a response within the next couple of days. Do you anticipate that ABC Company will be firming up a decision shortly?”
3. ALWAYS remember to follow up any offer by saying “Thank You”. It makes all the difference in the world for an employer to receive a thank you from you stating how thankful you are for the offer they have given you. As a matter of fact, this could even give the employer a reason to give you the extra time to make a final decision.