In today’s IT market, a job seeker can have several job offers on the table at one time. This great feeling can turn overwhelming pretty quickly. Using the 3 steps below will simplify your choice and make you confident in your decision.
- Determine your motives
- Evaluate your interview
- Tie up the loose ends
Step 1: Determine your motives
Searching for a new job is a time investment. Take some time at the beginning of your search and write down your motivations for looking. Better environment, opportunity to work with new technology, career growth opportunities, higher compensation, etc.
I recently spoke to someone who was looking for a new role with a stable company because their current company had been unprofitable for 3 years and gone through several rounds of layoffs.This individual had two offers on the table- the first was with an established software company with a very desirable package, the other was with a new software company that was offering him an additional 7% salary over the first offer. While on the phone, it was obvious that he was leaning towards the second offer. To me it seems like accepting the offer with the new software company would be jumping from a sinking ship into an inflatable raft in uncharted waters.
Having more than one offer on the table is excellent, but in the process of comparing multiple offers to one another, don’t lose focus on why you’re motivated to leave in the first place. Compare each offer to your current situation and see how it stacks up.
Step 2: Evaluate your interview
In order to evaluate your interview, you have to make sure you’re asking the right questions. Remember that list you made? Pull it out and formulate some questions around it before the interview. During your interviews, don’t only ask questions about the company; make sure that the hiring manager and team answer the questions related to your motives.
This can be easier said than done and working with a recruiter can give you an advantage: They can help you form these questions and can follow up with the manager if you don’t feel like they have been answered.
For example, if you’re looking for a different work environment, don’t ask the team in your interview if they hate their job. Ask your recruiter if they have anyone working at that specific company or in a similar group that you can talk to. This individual can give you the inside scoop and some very valuable information. Utilize your recruiter!
Step 3: Tie up the loose ends
Once you have interviewed and start receiving offers, set some expectations with the people you are working with. Clients are always anxious to hear back when they extend an offer, so being open about other offers and setting a specific date for an answer is the professional way to handle this situation.
Once you have made a decision, inform the others promptly and professionally as you never know what the future holds.