Two different opportunities, feeling a little dizzy...
February 2, 2014 7:02 PM Subscribe
How do you proceed when you have a job offer in hand, but are wondering if the other job you interviewed for may be better?
posted by timpanogos to Work & Money (4 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
We'll call the two jobs Job A and Job B.
I am currently employed, but looking for something new if it's the right fit. I interviewed for both Job A and Job B last week. Job A sent me an offer letter via email several days later with salary, benefits, an employee handbook, etc, laid out in it. After receiving this from Job A, I told them via email that I would review it and circle back early next week (i.e. Monday or Tuesday). I was trying to buy myself a little time. The job would be something I can see building my career.
Job B's interview went really well. This would be another good job. My chemistry with the interviewer was very good. At the end of the hour the interviewer smiled and said, "I'm putting a star by your name. No, I'm putting two stars by your name." Then the interviewer told me about the 2nd interview which would be a panel and a writing test. I have not heard back from Job B this past week even though I did send a follow up "thank you" email to the interviewer. I realize that these things move slow and not hearing back yet might not mean anything.
What I do want to do is explore my options with Job B before accepting Job A's offer.
Is this wise? How to proceed? Do I just call up the interviewer and say that I've received an offer from Company X but that I am still interested in Job B? Will Job A and Job B communicate with each other about this if I do this? I know you can leverage offers against each other, but I haven't gotten an offer or a second interview from Job B yet.
Both jobs have the same level of stability, similar salaries and benefits, but there may be prestige or stress factors that I have not considered with either one. I need to think about that some more. I just don't want to leave anything on the table.