How to Handle Multiple or Competing Job Offers


You’ve done it! You aced the interview. You impressed the hiring managers. And now, you’ve received not one but multiple job offers. But what now? How should you navigate this delicate situation that requires careful consideration to ensure that you don’t burn bridges or miss out on the best opportunity? 

Before we start, these are basic guidelines for mid-level roles. For very experienced roles, some of the strategies and processes can be different to the role and industry. If you have an experienced recruiter to turn to they can help navigate some of the trickier issues here. 

First, let’s compare offers 

Before you respond to any job offers, it’s wise to invest some time in objectively comparing them. Evaluate not only the salary but also the perks, benefits, culture, remote for how long, location growth potential, and work-life balance offered by each employer. Consider where your priorities lie and determine what trade-offs you’re willing to make. Be sure to research the market value of your skills and expertise to use as a point of reference. It’s never a good idea to accept more than two written offers of roles you’re excited about if you want to keep that bridge intact. 

Communicate professionally 

After you have a clear idea of how the job offers stack up, communicate your interest and appreciation to each employer. Remain honest and courteous, and avoid disclosing any excessive information regarding your other offers or personal preferences. Let them know that you are actively considering another offer and request a reasonable timeframe to make your decision. If you need more time, politely explain your reasoning and ask for an extension. A week or two is very reasonable.  

Be strategic if you choose to negotiate 

Not satisfied with any of your job offers? If none of the offers seem quite right to you, negotiating is an option to consider. However, be careful not to overplay your hand or appear greedy or arrogant while negotiating. Only engage with the employers that genuinely pique your interest and highlight the value you can bring to their team. The ones that don’t, release earlier in the process. Supporting your requests with rationale and evidence is necessary while being respectful and open to compromise is key.

Accept graciously 

When you finally decide to make your decision about which offer to accept, let the employer know ASAP. In doing so, it is best to show your appreciation and excitement for the opportunity. Be sure to clarify the details of the offer in writing and request a written offer or letter of employment. You can also ask about any next steps, like when you’ll start, what to bring, and who to contact. By accepting gracefully, you will set the tone of your future relationship with your new employer. Asking what you can do even before you start can help you onboard smoothly and get meaningful traction more quickly. 

And the others? Decline politely 

Once you’ve signed your offer and sent it to your new employer, it’s time to decline the others. This can be a little challenging, but the key to this is to be polite and professional. Notify each contact with a personalized email or place a call to the hiring manager to express your gratitude for their offer and the time it took to consider you. Explain that you have decided to accept another offer that better aligns with your goals and aspirations without giving too many details or comparisons. Always, always, always avoid negative comments and be sure to offer well wishes for their continued success.  

Giving notice to your current employer 

Once you’ve passed any background check with your new employer, it’s time to resign from your current role. Explain that you have made a thoughtful decision to accept another offer that better aligns with your goals and aspirations without giving too many details or comparisons. Always avoid negative comments and never leave them thinking you’ve left the door open to a counteroffer – or you’ll almost always regret that in a very short time. Thank them for the experience you’ve been an employee with them and let them know you want to help transition your knowledge share to your replacement. Focus on transitioning out in the best possible way because you never know when you’ll be back, be it partner, customer, or advisor…  

At Talent Partners, we understand the job search process can be overwhelming, but partnering with us ensures that you have a dedicated recruiter to guide you through the process and help you make informed career decisions. We pride ourselves on partnering with success, and our goal is to help you land a job that aligns with your skills and aspirations. So, reach out to us and let us help you navigate the job market with confidence.  

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