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How to choose between multiple job offers

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So you are in the very fortunate position of having multiple offers on the table. Now you have to make a tough decision, which job do you take?

There are a few things you should be weighing up before making your mind up and it’s important to be considered in your approach, but you don’t want to wait for too long as this could potentially end up frustrating your prospective employers – especially if they have taken the time to put an offer on the table. 

Five tips to help you make the right decision:

1. Compare your offers

Firstly you need to compare your offers. In order to do this, you will need to make sure you have all the information you need to make your decision. Gather everything you need to paint a complete picture. You’ll need to know much more than the salary on offer to fairly weigh up both offers.

Some things you should consider:
  • What are the company benefits for each?
  • What are the working hours and do they fit in with your lifestyle?
  • Review the job descriptions and day to day tasks – do they excite you?
  • What is the commuting time for all offers?

Make a side-by-side comparison if it will help, then write a list to help you weigh up the pros and cons. 

Compare apples with apples, this should help you to narrow things down.

2. Is the company a good fit longer term?

Ask yourself which company you see as being a good fit long term. It can be easy to get blinded by things like a higher base salary and a fancier title. 

Some things you should consider:
  • One of the most important questions to ask yourself is which company would you actually want to advance your career in? If your aim is to settle with a company for the long-haul then they need to fit with your longer-term goals. Look ahead, three years in the future — can you see yourself still being happy?
  • Which company gives you the opportunity/prospect to grow? 
  • From what you have seen, which companies culture suits you
  • What are the companies reputation in the current market?

3. Compare your prospective managers

Our last Talent Ignition Report cited that poor leadership/management was the top reason that people left their last role, so this is something that shouldn’t be taken lightly. 

Take time to reflect on the interview and ask yourself:
  • How did you get on during the interview process? 
  • Were they approachable? 
  • Can you see yourself working with them long term? 
If you found it difficult to build a rapport then is this reflective of the experience to come? Were they open when responding to your questions? How was their body language? 

You will be spending a great deal of time with your prospective manager, and others within the organisation, so you need to know that they will be right for you.

4. Trust your intuition

I’m a firm believer that if it doesn’t feel right, then there is a reason. If there were any major red flags throughout the interview process — you will want to remind yourself of what they were. 

Don’t be blinded by money, especially if there is something that doesn’t sit right regarding the company, the culture, or the role itself. 

5. Thank and turn down other offers with grace and respect

Once you’ve decided on which offer you’re taking make sure you take the time to thank the other companies and turn down any offers with grace.

Remember, networks for the most part can be relatively small and you never know when you might happen to brush shoulders again.

If for whatever reason you happen to find yourself on the market again, you might still want to explore opportunities there. So it is important to keep the door open for future conversations.

So there you have it

  • Compare your offers
  • Consider whether the company a good fit longer term
  • Compare your prospective managers
  • Trust your intuition
  • And thank and turn down other offers with grace

Good luck with your new job and may the best company win!

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