Posted on September 20th, 2011 by Quinnox
3 Job Offers – Which One to Choose?
With the demand for skilled professionals on the rise, many are put in a situation where job offers are pouring in at the same time. This is a happy dilemma, but the task of choosing your next career move becomes tricky. These steps may help:
1. Ask yourself why did you set out to look for a new job?
There must be a reason when you agree to go for that job interview. Did you need a change of environment or relocation? You were looking for a career progression? You believe that there is a better job out there in the market? What was the reason?
2. Analyse the stage of career that you are at now.
Take into consideration your age, your career expectations, your interests and family commitments into account. Try to understand, evaluate and prioritise what is important to you.
3. Realistically, create an idea of your ideal job.
You may prefer a job with flexible time, or in a less/more challenging environment, or a globetrotting job that can possibly give you invaluable experiences.
4. What can you compromise on?
Is money more important to you or the ability to work with the best brains in the industry – even at a lower salary?
5. Now, take a look at the offers you have. Weigh them according to which one is closer to your ideal.
6. Once decided, you may negotiate with the company (that you wish to join) for a better package.
If you have not gathered enough information during your interview sessions to make a good decision, try asking for another telephonic session with the hiring manager or the HR for further discussions into the role or the package.
Once you have accepted an offer, it is a good gesture to politely thank the other companies who have offered you a chance to work with them. Whatever you do, do not burn the bridge.
Note: It is generally not acceptable to:-
- Show your offer letter to another company in hope of securing an even better offer.
- Ask every company for the best offer and the highest bidder secures you – there can be no end to this and offers do not wait around for you.
- Demand a ridiculous amount from your company if they want to counter offer you.
Once a company suspects that a candidate is doing any of the above, the offer is usually withdrawn and the candidate may be blacklisted.