How to deal with multiple job offers
How to decide between two jobs
It’s every job searcher’s dream to have multiple options on the table, but it can make the decision-making process that much harder. And even more difficult when having to make the decision without risking damaging their relationships with the organisation whose offer they decide to turn down. You should really try to avoid accepting an offer and then retracting it if a better one comes along.
When an offer is accepted a chain of events are set in motion; the other applicants are notified; the job posting is removed; and a host of administration tasks are started. Retracting at this stage not only costs the company in real terms to the hours that staff may have put in, but they have potentially lost other candidates they were considering and hence putting them back into the starters block.
To try to avoid being put in the situation where you may want to accept another offer once you’ve already accepted another, be honest and open. Most employers and recruiters will ask you if you are interviewing with other companies during the interview process. Be comfortable in answering this question honestly, as its completely expected that you will be interviewing with multiple companies. When you embark on a job search you will want to ensure you explore all the options available to you, just explain this to the interviewer.
When you have multiple job offers on the table, you can ask for time to consider your options. Most companies accept this and it allows you space to make a fully informed and considered decision. More and more businesses are speeding up their interview processes in order to secure star candidates before a competitor can jump in and make an offer, but don’t allow anyone to pressure you into making a quick decision.
Your recruiter is there to be your lifelong partner in your career journey, so lean on them to help you choose the right job for your career long term. By understanding your ultimate career ambitions, they can help you see the pathways the next decision could lead down.
Weighing it up: Five steps you can take to deal with multiple jobs offers
Ask for time to consider your offers.
Look at your long-term objectives
Is this a company you want to be working for in five years’ time? Does it provide you with opportunities to advance in your career path, learn and develop or benefits compared to what another company can offer you? Draw up a list of pros and cons for each organisation.