Imagine getting a call from the hiring director for a job you recently interviewed for. They’ve offered you a position, and you have a few days to get back to them with your decision. You think about it, but the phone rings again. It’s another job offer.
This is a job-seekers ultimate hope — multiple offers, and you get to choose where you go next. But, what do you do in a situation like this? Choosing between multiple job offers is a big decision with long-term effects on your life, so make sure you evaluate all your options with a level head. To help make your choice easier, here are some of the factors you should take into consideration when deciding between multiple job offers.
Stay Cool, Calm and Collected
To ensure you make the best choice possible, thoughtfully self-reflect on your decision-making process. Give yourself the time and space to approach this decision with a clear mind. Be honest with yourself about your wants, needs and motivations. Be true to yourself to find the most compatible career option possible.
When applying to jobs, it’s easy to prioritize being liked by the interviewer over measuring if the job is right for you. Remember that you are interviewing them as much as they are interviewing you. Use the interview process as the way to evaluate your compatibility with the team and company values. Can you see yourself thriving on this team? Take your short-term and long-term goals into account throughout the process. Don’t compromise your comfort to secure a job. You deserve to LOVE where you work.
Ask the Right Questions
The interview process gives you a glimpse into what life would look like if you chose path A over path B. Take advantage of this opportunity to ask questions and get the information you need to make a thoughtful decision. The more information you have, the more educated a decision you can make. You will also be less likely you’ll come to wish you’d chosen something else.
Ask yourself some key questions before you find your dream job.
- What are you looking for in a boss?
- What kind of work environment suits you?
- What is your desired salary?
- How important are flexible time-off policies?
- Is a remote position or a role that is partially work-from-home extra attractive?
Clarify your internal expectations and values before joining a new team.
Once you’ve accumulated all the information to help you make your decision, make a list of all pros and cons to visualize the task at hand. Your decision will be clear once you lay out all the facts in front of you. Follow your gut and be timely with your final decision.
Say “Yes” with Confidence
Once you have made your decision, your next step is reaching out to your future workplace to accept their offer. Before signing on the dotted line, get into the nitty-gritty of the onboarding process and expectations. Confirm salary, benefits and start date.
After you have accepted your job offer, it’s time to get excited! While the decision process might be overwhelming, don’t let that take away from the satisfaction and relief of getting a job. Be confident in your decision and pat yourself on the back for making the right choice.
Say “No” with Gratitude
While rejecting a job offer isn’t nearly as fun as accepting one, you must decline a job offer with grace, respect and as soon as possible after making your decision. You will cross paths with a wide range of people during your career, so maintaining a positive relationship with other professionals will serve you well in the long run. Once you’ve made your decision, go back and thank the interviewers for the jobs you are declining. Wish them luck moving forward. Instead of burning a bridge, you might be able to plant the seeds for future successful career connections.
Navigating the ups downs of interviewing, reviewing and ultimately accepting an offer can position you one step closer to the career of your dreams. Enter this next chapter with confidence and take advantage of all the resources available to you throughout your career. Looking for an extra set of career resources? Herzing University offers helpful career development assistance that will aid you throughout your professional journey.