It gets to be a sticky situation when you have to decide between a few companies, or you want to hold out a little longer for your No. 1 pick to get back to you.
To help you navigate your next move, career coach Hallie Crawford and career and executive coach Maggie Mistal let you in on some of their best tips for communicating with multiple hiring managers, and ultimately making the best decision for yourself.
1. Negotiate Your Timeline
A hiring manager wants you to be committed when you commit, so it’s OK to ask for a little more time to think. “It’s a negotiation just like salary and vacation time,” Mistal says. It’s also fine to be upfront about the fact that you have multiple job offers on the table. “This can work to your advantage, because they may sweeten their deal to secure you at their company,” Crawford says. Need an extra 48 hours to decide? Go get it. But don’t ask for more than five business days—otherwise you risk looking too up in the air, adds Crawford. And the sooner you ask for an extension, the better. So, if your deadline is 12 p.m. on Thursday, don’t wait until 10 a.m. on Thursday.
2. Do Some Soul Searching
Once you have a realistic deadline established, use your thinking time to analyze each opportunity. Start by figuring out what’s most important to you in a job, be it growth opportunities, compensation, flexibility, and so on. Then think about which of the multiple job offers aligns best with your work values. Talk it out with a friend, make a list of what motivates you about each job, or try Levo’s Find Your Purpose guide by life coach and author Gabrielle Bernstein. Going through the guide’s readings, videos, and activities will help shed some light on which job excites you the most.
3. Let “Offer B” Down Easy
Your final step is to communicate your decision to the hiring managers. For the job you’re turning down, thank them for taking the time to meet with you and explain that you got another offer you just couldn’t resist, but keep a window open in case future opportunities at the company become of interest. You could say something like: “This position was not the right opportunity for me at this time, but I love this company and feel the culture could be a great place for me in the future.” For the job you are accepting, make sure they know how excited you are about the offer (especially if you asked for more time).
In the end, you have to make the decision that is right for you. It’s your future. You decide.
Then go celebrate!
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