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What to Do When You Aren’t Completely Sold on the Job Offer

Here’s the scenario. You’ve received an official job offer from a company. However, it’s not ideal and you think you could find a better offer in time—perhaps even your dream job. You want to explore your options and find the right position to further your career but don’t want to offend a recruiter and squander any opportunities. What do you do?

When to Stall

Consider delaying when you’re nearly certain you’re on the verge of receiving a better job offer. For example, you’ve been in contact with another recruiter and it looks very promising. You’re just waiting for the green light, which should come very soon. In this case, it usually makes sense to stall if possible.

When to Accept

If there are any uncertainties, you’ll probably want to accept the current job offer. The old saying “A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush” often applies to this situation. If there’s any doubt as to whether it will work out with a different, better employer, it may be best to take the offer that’s on the table. This is especially true if you’re in a tough financial predicament.

Buying Time

Let’s say you want to stall. How do you buy yourself some time?

Honesty is the best policy here. Most experts will suggest being upfront with the recruiter and explaining you’re meeting with other companies and need just a bit of extra time before committing. This is completely acceptable and a valid reason for not taking an offer right away. Just make sure you’re ready to answer any questions they may have such as:

  • How much time do you need?
  • When will you know for sure?

Be Appreciative

The important thing is you don’t make the recruiter feel like their company is your backup choice. You want to handle the situation with tact and not sour what could be a positive, lasting relationship. This can be done by showing your gratitude and keeping them in the loop. Let them know you sincerely appreciate their job offer and value their time.

What you don’t want to do is approach it like they’re “just another option.” Instead, you should treat it like you’re in the midst of a major life choice and want to carefully examine different offers to make the right decision. Most hiring managers should respect this.

This is no doubt a delicate situation that requires finesse. Knowing how to respond and handling it the right way should increase your odds of a positive outcome.

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