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EP 1245 Is It a Good Idea To Tell Them You Already Have an Offer from a Rival in Order to Convey Scarcity? It depends. 

Summary

I have a question from someone. "Is it a good idea to tell the interviewer that you have another offer from a rival in order to convey scarcity?"

If you are a hiring manager and you hear this, you just want to put a bullet in your head because the notion that there is scarcity is imbecilic. There is no scarcity as far as labor is concerned; there are plenty of people available who do what you do in most geographic areas and, if you want to pressure them, most times/ most hiring managers I know are conditioned to respond in this way: so, uh, what kind of position is involved? What sort of money are they talking with you about if you find this job so interesting, why are you here?"

It is probably a bluff that you can't pull off because to parse your scenario sufficiently so that you confess that the other job isn't so good you should be interviewing with them.

They argue the scarcity of the skill.

*What sort of money are they talking with you about?"

"Why do you find this job so interesting?"

"If you fight his job so interesting, why don't you just take it? Why are you here?"

At the end of the day, it is probably a bluff that you cannot pull off because they will pick apart your scenario sufficiently that you will confess that the other job is not that good and that you should be interviewing with them.

They don't view it is scarcity; they they are looking at this with bewilderment, particularly if it is a 1st interview. Like I'm looking at this as an early stage scenario.

I also want to say that it is different later on in the process where you have had a few interviews where you now state, "I have another offer." I want to be clear with you that if you don't have another offer and you try this tactic, they may call your bluff and say, "We are not ready to make a choice. If you are telling us that you are going to take this other job, we wish you well and if it doesn't work out, reach out to us and we have another position, we will continue the conversation then."

You see, there is no real leverage that you have if you think you can pull this off without actually having another offer. If you have another offer, then you can say, "Look, I have this other offer that I need to respond to by such and such date and time." If they ask questions, you can be forthright about it, hear from them about the position in greater detail more quickly I get a sense of the employer about what their timeline is.

In doing so, what you have done is balance the power differential. Without that other offer, it is a joke because, at the end of the day, your holding (I'm going to use a card game scenario), you don't have an ace in the hole to pull out. Basically, you have a deuce. As a result, you get left holding the bag.

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1200 episodes, “Job Search Radio,” “and his newest

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Connect with me on LinkedIn. Then message me to schedule an initial complimentary session.

If you have questions for me, call me through the Magnifi app for iOS (video) or PrestoExperts.com (phone)

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.  

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

Join and attend my classes on Skillshare. Become a premium member and get 2 months free.

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle on Amazon and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.” If you are starting your search, order, “Get Ready for the Job Jungle.”

Don’t forget to give the show 5 stars and a good review in iTunes

If you want to know how to win more interviews, order “Winning Interviews.” You’ll learn how to win phone interviews, in-person interviews, the best question to ask on any interview and more.

Would you like to talk through a salary negotiation or potential negotiation you’re involved with? Order and schedule time with me.

Do you have questions or would like advice about networking or any aspect of your search. Order and schedule time with me.

Would you like me to critique your resume. Order a critique from me

For more about LinkedIn, order “Stacked: Double Your Job Interviews, Leverage Recruiters and Unlock LinkedIn.”

Jeff’s Kindle book, “You Can Fix Stupid: No BS Hiring Advice,” is available on Amazon.

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Is It a Good Idea To Tell Them You Already Have an Offer?

EP 1245 Is It a Good Idea To Tell Them You Already Have an Offer from a Rival in Order to Convey Scarcity? It depends. 

Summary

I have a question from someone. "Is it a good idea to tell the interviewer that you have another offer from a rival in order to convey scarcity?"

If you are a hiring manager and you hear this, you just want to put a bullet in your head because the notion that there is scarcity is imbecilic. There is no scarcity as far as labor is concerned; there are plenty of people available who do what you do in most geographic areas and, if you want to pressure them, most times/ most hiring managers I know are conditioned to respond in this way: so, uh, what kind of position is involved? What sort of money are they talking with you about if you find this job so interesting, why are you here?"

It is probably a bluff that you can't pull off because to parse your scenario sufficiently so that you confess that the other job isn't so good you should be interviewing with them.

They argue the scarcity of the skill.

*What sort of money are they talking with you about?"

"Why do you find this job so interesting?"

"If you fight his job so interesting, why don't you just take it? Why are you here?"

At the end of the day, it is probably a bluff that you cannot pull off because they will pick apart your scenario sufficiently that you will confess that the other job is not that good and that you should be interviewing with them.

They don't view it is scarcity; they they are looking at this with bewilderment, particularly if it is a 1st interview. Like I'm looking at this as an early stage scenario.

I also want to say that it is different later on in the process where you have had a few interviews where you now state, "I have another offer." I want to be clear with you that if you don't have another offer and you try this tactic, they may call your bluff and say, "We are not ready to make a choice. If you are telling us that you are going to take this other job, we wish you well and if it doesn't work out, reach out to us and we have another position, we will continue the conversation then."

You see, there is no real leverage that you have if you think you can pull this off without actually having another offer. If you have another offer, then you can say, "Look, I have this other offer that I need to respond to by such and such date and time." If they ask questions, you can be forthright about it, hear from them about the position in greater detail more quickly I get a sense of the employer about what their timeline is.

In doing so, what you have done is balance the power differential. Without that other offer, it is a joke because, at the end of the day, your holding (I'm going to use a card game scenario), you don't have an ace in the hole to pull out. Basically, you have a deuce. As a result, you get left holding the bag.

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1200 episodes, “Job Search Radio,” “and his newest

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Connect with me on LinkedIn. Then message me to schedule an initial complimentary session.

If you have questions for me, call me through the Magnifi app for iOS (video) or PrestoExperts.com (phone)

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.  

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

Join and attend my classes on Skillshare. Become a premium member and get 2 months free.

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle on Amazon and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.” If you are starting your search, order, “Get Ready for the Job Jungle.”

Don’t forget to give the show 5 stars and a good review in iTunes

If you want to know how to win more interviews, order “Winning Interviews.” You’ll learn how to win phone interviews, in-person interviews, the best question to ask on any interview and more.

Would you like to talk through a salary negotiation or potential negotiation you’re involved with? Order and schedule time with me.

Do you have questions or would like advice about networking or any aspect of your search. Order and schedule time with me.

Would you like me to critique your resume. Order a critique from me

For more about LinkedIn, order “Stacked: Double Your Job Interviews, Leverage Recruiters and Unlock LinkedIn.”

Jeff’s Kindle book, “You Can Fix Stupid: No BS Hiring Advice,” is available on Amazon.