I just need more time!
September 14, 2013 9:27 AM Subscribe
I had an interview with Firm A on Wednesday. I liked them a lot and felt very comfortable at the interview. I guess they liked me, too, because they called me on Thursday morning with an offer and wanted an answer by Friday. I was taken by surprise, and said that I needed the weekend to consider it... upon consideration, I'd really like a week. What is the best way to ask for more time without jeoprodizing the offer?
posted by Kriesa to work & money (10 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I still have several interviews scheduled, and just received notice that one firm would like me back for a second interview next week (in my experience, a second interview at a small firm usually means an offer, although of course that's not a sure thing). But I'd at least like to see out these interviews, notify other firms that I've had an offer, and generally feel like I'm making a solid choice.
As I said, I liked the people at Firm A, but I'm now feeling a little bullied by them wanting an answer RIGHT AWAY. Their offer is fairly low-ball on salary, benefits, and vacation time. Although I'm pretty sure I can negotiate on some of those, it counteracts some of the warm-and-fuzzy feeling I had coming out of the interview. I also feel that it may be a good job day-to-day but may not particularly advance my career.
Do you think it's acceptable to email them saying outright that I feel that I need to carry through with the interviews I'd already scheduled in order to make a decision that I can be sure I'll feel comfortable with for years to come? I don't want to rub it in that it wasn't love at first sight for me, and sour things if I do decide to accept the job. I feel like an email over the weekend would be better than a phone call on Monday, when they'll be expecting me to call with my decision made. Do you think that's true?