Tight deadline for accepting an offer (waiting to hear from another)
January 14, 2014 5:41 AM Subscribe
Company A has an offer for me, and will be calling this Friday for an answer. Interviewed with Company B today, seemed to have gone well, explained to interviewer my situation, interviewer promised to give me an answer Friday as well. Now I'm worried Company A will get to me before Company B does, and I risk taking up on their offer without hearing from B first. What do I do? (More potentially game-changing details inside)
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (16 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Early this week I got a call from Company A informing me of a job offer, which is great, except that I will have to give them an answer this Friday (which I agreed to, I had to think about the offered salary anyway since it's a bit lower than i had expected). Then literally an hour later I got a call from Company B informing me of an interview, which I just got back from. The interview went great, and when the interviewer told me that he could tell me within 2 weeks whether I'd have an offer I explained to him my situation, to which he seemed a bit disappointed (i might be reading too much into his expression), but told me that he could get back to me this Friday instead as a result. Now I'm worried that Company A guy will call me before Company B does, and I'll have to accept before finding out about my potential offer (which is equally if not more desirable) from B.
A couple things to take into consideration:
- When I requested that the terms of the offer be put down "on paper (or email), Company A declined and explained that the usual practice was that they wouldn't issue anything until they get a confirmation from its candidate. I'm worried that it's so that they could easily rescind the offet for whatever reason; which leads to the second thing, being:
- Is it bad form for me to ask Company A for an extra weekend to consider? Would they be offended by my apparent hesitance and rescind?
What would you do? And extra question: is it viable for me to negotiate my salary with Company A as a way to stall having to answer them end of this week?