How to handle two job offers?
June 3, 2008 9:41 AM Subscribe
There is a possibility I will be given two different job offers in the span of a few days. I don't know which one I prefer yet, or how exactly to handle the situation.
posted by TSGlenn to Work & Money (8 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
First of all, what is the proper etiquette for a "job offer" phone conversation? I want to tell them I won't be accepting right away, and that I may need time to decide depending on how long the other company takes to call. Should I just tell them, flat out, that I am waiting on another offer? Basically here I'm looking for an almost word-for-word description of what is generally said in these conversations, so that I know what to expect.
Second, what questions should I ask? I'm assuming they will tell me the exact salary (we've already discussed the benefits in detail), but what else should I know before I hang up?
Finally, I don't know anything about salary negotiation. Both positions are entry level, and they have other candidates, so I'm assuming that they will not expect (or allow) any negotiation. On the other hand, does the fact that I may have two offers give me any leverage? Can I tell company A that company B offered me $X more, and that I would rather work for A but can't accept unless they offer $X also? Is this commonly done for entry-level (out of college) positions? Does it ever work?