I work in biotech. Recently I was laid off after almost six years with a company along with the majority of the clinical operations department. I quickly interviewed and was offered a position within a few weeks. After accepting (but prior to my start date) an opportunity was presented to potentially get in pre-IPO at another biotech startup. The title would be better and presumably the pay, but the risk (and reward with the IPO) would be greater. I feel terrible about potentially going back on my word with the company that offered me the initial job. Has anyone here ever done this? I have interviews with the founders next week.

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Backing out on acceptance or renegging on an offer. I'm Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter. That's the topic for today. "I work in biotech. Recently I was laid off after almost six years with a company along with the majority of the clinical operations department. I quickly interviewed and was offered a position within a few weeks. After accepting (but prior to my start date) an opportunity was presented to potentially get in pre-IPO at another biotech startup. The title would be better and presumably the pay, but the risk (and reward with the IPO) would be greater. I feel terrible about potentially going back on my word with the company that offered me the initial job. Has anyone here ever done this? I have interviews with the founders next week."

Now, it's not the ideal set of circumstances, as you well know. But, from what I read, you don't have the job yet. So you're focusing on the wrong thing. And if you're focused on this, you're going to self sabotage, because that's what happens. People become so fixated upon the other opportunity. It's like, I've decided to get married. Oh, wait, hold it, that woman or that guy over there looks even better.

So focus on what's important to you. If it's being involved with a pre-IPO startup, by all means. If this is a hot firm, by all means. And I'll simply say, as you discovered at your last firm, you spent six years there, and they did what was right for them by laying off so many people to trying to stay operational. You've got to do the same thing. You've got to function as the chairperson of the board of your own organization, and make smart decisions for yourself.

Now, right now, you don't have a choice to make. You have the one offer and you have another interview. Focus on making them fall in love with you. Make them want to hire you. Then you have the choice to make. And, yes, if this happens, it's not ideal. Because after all, people made plans based upon the fact that you're going to be starting there. AND you have to do what's right for you, just like they do what's right for them.

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Hope you have a terrific day. be great. Take care.

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Jeff Altman, The Big Game HunterJeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching, as well as executive job search coaching, job coaching, and interview coaching. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 2000 episodes.

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