When it becomes time to switch jobs, sometimes the seemingly impossible might happen: you may be interviewing with multiple employers and may possibly end up with multiple offers. When this happens, it is important to remember that there are ways to ensure that you don’t lose one offer while debating or waiting for another one. Almost 1 in 4 employees have backed out of a job offer after accepting, which can burn bridges and cost you both jobs.
One of the ways that this can be accomplished is by approaching the interview with honesty and openness. Make sure you are clear with your job expectations and agree on a timeline of when you, and the employer are going to make your decision. Make sure you are enthusiastic and appreciate an offer if it comes your way, but be honest and express that you may be weighing more than one offer.
If you do get multiple offers, don’t text or email your important decisions to your employer. Make sure to call, this enables more back and forth and should allow you to keep on good terms. It is not a good idea to try to pit employers against each other, this can backfire, and you may lose both offers. Think carefully about both offers, the salary is important, but are there other factors that may make one more attractive than the other.
If you are waiting on another offer, don’t accept the first one. Be open and honest that you need time to weigh your options and talk it over with your family and consider all options. If you take an offer and back out, you may have closed that door forever. As with all things in life, honesty is not always the easiest, but is the best policy. Accepting a job and then ghosting will only make your opportunities vanish!