Its spring term and you have been hard at work at the job search process, now you may find its paying off!
Hopefully, multiple applications lead to multiple interview invitations, and ultimately, multiple offers.
During the course of the process you may determine your ‘favorite’ job or employer. But, what if the first offer you receive is not from your favorite employer?
You need to know the timing of all of the hiring cycles of all of the employers you are dealing with. Don’t leave your final round interview without learning their intended time schedule for decisions.
With this information, when you get the first offer from the employer that is not your favorite, you will have what you need to negotiate for more time to make your decision. You can say, “Thank you very much for this offer! I have not completed all of my interviews, and really want to make the right decision for all concerned. I should have more information by ______ [time/week.] Could I give you my answer then?”
They will let you know if this is acceptable or if they have a different deadline date. If their need is still not going to help you wait out the other employers, you have a choice: you can put pressure on the employers you are waiting for, or you can simply make a decision.
The situation you want to avoid is accepting the first offer if you really don’t want it; you accept it just because you fear having nothing. The danger is that if a subsequent offer comes in and you accept IT, you will have to go back to the first employer and renege (back out). This is really unprofessional behavior. You risk burning a relationship bridge, damaging your personal brand, and losing the respect of recruiters/hiring managers. Many of them talk to each other, and many have long memories.
Know that your behavior in this process not only reflects on your personal integrity and ethics, but also reflects on your academic department and this university. Please visit with a career specialist in the Career Development Center if you are having difficulty making decisions. We can help you think through the options. Call 651-962-6761 for an appointment.
Happy job hunting and offer contemplating!