It sounds like the best case scenario. You need to work so you apply for jobs. You interview with several companies and you’re offered more than one position. But how do you decide which to accept and what to tell the other company? Before you make that decision, it’s important that you weigh your options and know how and why you’re choosing a job offer. Here are just a few things to consider along the way.
- Ask for time to decide. Most companies understand that their candidates have been applying with other businesses. It is perfectly fine for you to contact both companies and let them know you’ve received another offer and want to take time to do some additional research and decide. Just be fair about the time frame and don’t let either company wait too long for your decision.
- Ask questions of both companies. In order to conduct your research, you may want to ask questions of both companies. If you don’t already know, ask about benefits beyond health insurance and personal time off. Ask about the long term goals of the position. The more information you have ahead of making a decision, the better your process will be. It’s always best to compare apples to apples.
- Do your homework. You should also research both companies online and in the local news. See if you can find online reviews from customers as well as former employees. There will certainly be some reviews that sound like sour grapes, but you will be able to determine if there is a pattern of behavior or if some of the negative feedback is isolated. The company may also be mentioned within the community for work they do outside their core business and that reputation may help you decide.
- Make a pros and cons list. Your next step is to make the comparison. Take what you know about each job, the duties, and the benefits. Add the answers to your questions for each company. Throw on the results of the employment reviews or things that have come up in local news sources. Write them out so you have something visual to review as you think.
- Trust your intuition. Finally, there is always something to be said about following your gut instincts. Is there anything about one of the companies that makes you feel better about taking their offer? Or, on the flip side, are there any red flags with either company that makes you question whether or not they would be a good long term fit for your career?
Once you’ve completed this exercise and make the decision, let both companies know your choice right away so you can move forward with the next steps of your career.
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