How do I survive an exploding offer?
July 30, 2012 6:46 AM Subscribe
2 Interviews, one exploding offer. How do I negotiate?
posted by gensubuser to Work & Money (11 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I have had two interviews for basically the same nimble, niche field at two different places. Company Alpha interviewed me in May, company Zeta interviewed me a week ago. Upon returning from my interview, company Alpha called me to say they would give me an offer, and a couple days later I received a 7 day offer (this seems absurd. With best play I think I could get a month), with a note that they could extend this time if necessary.
Company Alpha reeeeaaallly needs me (they didn't get a colleague with the same skillset) and have been understaffed since, well, May. I can't start for a few months -- all parties know this. Company Zeta should want me, and may be a better career fit, but I'm pretty sure I was one of their first interviews so I don't know if they will be willing to wrap up early just for me. I'm not sure I have time to let them naturally come to their senses either. I can't afford to totally play chicken, these two may be the only jobs for the next 6mo.
Question: what exact wording do I use to ask for more time on the offer? Do I use a date? Do I call HR at Zeta first, or urgently email the hiring manager at Zeta -- what is my angle? Is there any game theory I'm missing (I am horrible at this -- tend to reveal my full hand at every juncture).