Congratulations. So you aced that last interview with Company X and the job offer has come through. You have until the end of the week to accept or decline the offer, but Company Y is the job that you really have your sights set on and your second interview with them is not until the following Monday. Yikes! Multiple job offers seem like a good problem to have, but they can cause much angst and a few sleepless nights! All of a sudden you are in a high stakes game where you run the risk of losing both opportunities if you make the wrong move. Walking this line requires finesse and below are a few tips to keep you confidently in the game and positioned well.
If you reach your deadline with Company X and there is still no offer from Company Y, then you have a tough decision to make based on 3 options: (1) Accept the offer from Company X and let go of Company Y, (2) Accept the offer from Company X and then rescind if Company Y comes through, (3) Decline Company X and hope that Company Y comes through. Which way to go is a personal decision and it must be right for you, your family and your career.
Often for when making these tough decisions, the best answer is found in your “gut”, by sitting with each option and identifying which one feels most right. One thing to consider when declining an offer is that industries are small and your reputation is key for long professional success. It is paramount to always try and keep relationships in good standing and not burn any bridges. One way to do this is to suggest or put forward someone else that you may know who could be good for the role you have turned down.
Lastly in keeping with transparent communication, honesty is still the best policy. If there is no other way to approach it then the right thing to do is to pick up the phone and openly discuss your situation with both parties. Company X may not appreciate being kept at arm’s length until Company Y comes through, but they will most likely appreciate your integrity and your courage in not keeping them in the dark.
Wishing you a successful week!
Lysa Appleton is a Career Consultant, Employment Strategist and awesome Resume Artist with 10+ years of experience helping professionals and industry leaders to secure work they love across Canada and the United States.