A classic situation job hunters face is being pushed to make a decision when they have other offers! Here’s what to do.

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Advice calm.

I've got a beautiful question. And I'm going to give you all the variations. What do you do when you have a job offer deadline, an interview scheduled? Now my assumption in asking this question is that you have to make a decision, let's say by Friday, and you have interviews scheduled for the following week. What do you do?

Now I'm have to work with a couple of assumptions. Number one is the job and the salary offer is good enough for you to say yes to. We don't know that for a fact; the question doesn't tell me that. But it's something that I'm going to take as a given here. It's good enough. I'm also going to work with the assumption that you're tempted by these other firms, right? Otherwise, you could just cancel them and just accept the offer.

So, here's the the way I would look at it. Number, and I'm going to start off with what a company would want you to do. What a company would want you to do is accept our offer, cancel the other things. Does that serve you? It serves them; doesn't serve you. Now, I know if you're in corporate you hate that answer but you also know, as a human being, that it's true. So, you have to look at it from the perspective of a job hunter because frankly, as an employer, when it comes the right time, you're going to fire these people anyway. You're going to work them to the death, and one day the economy goes south, you fire them. That was the reality in 2008.

But the reality is during every recession I worked in doing search, that's what firms do, . . . and rightly so. So, job Hhunters have to look out for themselves in their careers and make decisions about it. So, here's the way you break it down for this point.

Number one is you can say, "yes," to the offer and keep interviewing. Number two is, you know, "I'm not prepared to say, 'yes,' And they're really pushing me hard. So I'm going to turn down the offer and I'm going to keep interviewing.

Another option. Let's see now, what are other options? Well, let's focus on those.

So, what serves you as a job hunter best? Answer, accepting the offer, continuing the interview, while you're still, you know, let's say you have to give notice, you've got two weeks to bring this to a successful conclusion. I'm going to work with the assumption that you're on first or second interviews with these other things and, thus, when you go back for the second interview, or you go in for the first, he might want to say toward the end of the interview, if it's legitimately a job that you're interested in, you might just simply say, "You know, this has been terrific. I'm really excited about this opportunity. And a firm has extended an offer. You know, I need to make a decision by such and such date and time. I'm not telling you to hire me. I'm not giving you an ultimatum. I'd really appreciate it if you can bring me to a successful conclusion by such and such date so, in this way, I can make the full commitment to the other organization. I'm stalling them right now but I'm really more interested in your opportunity." See, what that does is it tells the firms that are interviewing that this has to come to an end.

Now, let's say you now have to start the job. The other firm is taking longer. Now, there's a couple of ways to look at that. Number one, they're taking longer because they want you to turn down the other job. Number two is that not fully committed to you, yet they still want to interview other people. And they're not certain about you. Now, do you like this job enough that you continue interviewing after you start the new job? Notice there are lots of different variations that we have to look at. But it all starts off with the idea that these other jobs are more tempting.

How do you buy some time? Ultimately, you're going to have to make a decision, whether or not to start the new job and continue interviewing while you're in the new job. That's going to become more complicated because part of what you're going to want to do is get immersed in the new firm's culture since you don't have a firm commitment from the second firm. And that's going to make the interviewing harder.

You don't want to be that person who's taking off a lot of time and signaling maybe you're not really into this yet. So, my advice very simply is, it's okay to say, "yes," because you have to look out for your own interests. It's okay to continue interview after the two week notice period, or three week notice period. If the second firm is not committed to you yet after you've given them a heads up, then you've got a more difficult choice.

I'm Jeff Albin. Hope you found this helpful. Go to job search. . . . Well, let me just simply say, if you'd like more information, TheBigGameHunter.us. I've got a blog there with thousands of posts that you can watch, listen to or read that'll help you find work more quickly. Also, if you're interested in scheduling a free discovery call with me, you can do it through the website, as well.

Have a great day and take care!

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

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, all 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 1700 episodes and “The No BS Coaching Advice Podcast” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council. “No BS JobSearch Advice Radio” was named a Top 10 podcast for job search. JobSearchTV.com is also a Top 10 YouTube channel for job search.

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