How to evaluate multiple job offers
When it rains, it pours! As the saying goes, you may find yourself in such a mindset when you’re going through the job search process, keep getting multiple rejections, and when you finally get an offer you get many of them at the same time.
Choosing between a couple of job offers can be a very challenging process. You will have to objectively evaluate your employment options, the number of offers actual or pending, how well you fit the position, and your sense of the company’s interest in you, etc. It is important to determine the longest acceptable delay and get agreement from the company making the job offer. Then, re-contact those companies or organisations that had previously shown interest or indicated an offer was forthcoming but had not produced one to date. A scenario might be as follows:
“I have received a firm offer from one of the companies that I had been pursuing earlier and while it is an excellent offer, the position that we discussed with your company better fits my skills and talents. If you are still seriously interested in me, I believe I can delay my acceptance of their offer for a little while longer. Can you tell me where we stand?”
Companies often draw out the offer process for a variety of reasons. They have other business priorities, they may have decided not to fill the position at this time, or they are simply taking their time. You may be able to get them to move quickly by leveraging your existing offer against the possibility of another better offer. A word of caution though – it is never wise to fake having an offer from one company to attempt to generate a possible offer from another.
If you’re still unable to make a decision after going through the above, remember that you can always seek counsel from family members and trusted friends.