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Old 09-08-2010, 12:25 PM
 
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I have a job offer from company A. They are checking my background and if anything, I will start in two weeks. However, I have an interview at company B on Friday. I really would LOVE to work at company B and the HR rep said that they move pretty fast in their decision making, which has been evident of how fast they want to do all this. Do I tell company B about my offer to get them to move faster or to make myself look more "attractive." My Mom says I should tell them right away...I'm not so sure. I think that if anything, I could use the other offer in salary negotiations.....???
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Old 09-08-2010, 01:15 PM
 
Location: Spokane via Sydney,Australia
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Why would you? It's an INTERVIEW with #B, it's not a job offer.

Trust me employers will dump YOU on a dime when it suits them so go to the interview and if it's offered and it's better then grab it.

Why shoot yourself in the foot with #A?

btw in THIS job market using an interview with #B as a bargaining chip for salary with #A? VERY bad idea.

eta: btw when was the last time your MOM went job searching?
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Old 09-08-2010, 01:51 PM
 
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What do you mean shoot yourself in the foot with #A? I don't mean to say anything to #A. Yes, some of the things my mom says are a little archaic. Although she has been in the job market recently (about a year ago).
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Old 09-08-2010, 02:25 PM
 
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The time for that is when an offer is made by #B. Not before then.
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Old 09-08-2010, 02:27 PM
 
Location: Spokane via Sydney,Australia
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What do you mean shoot yourself in the foot with #A? I don't mean to say anything to #A. Yes, some of the things my mom says are a little archaic. Although she has been in the job market recently (about a year ago).

Sorry, misread your post - but the same goes for #B..........I wouldn't mention the alternate opportunities to EITHER employer.
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Old 09-08-2010, 02:27 PM
 
Location: Buffalo, trying to leave
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You never know how they'll take it. They may think that you're saying that you're quitting and create a posting for your job, and then if you don't leave find a reason to get rid of you, as you are on the way out the door anyhow, and they have this perfect new employee that can do no wrong.

If you have 2 offers there is nothing wrong with saying (if the offer is too low) that you have an offer for more money, and that your decision will be based on that. Make sure you aren't bluffing though, because if they say they can't match the salary, you may cost yourself an offer - Make sure that you have one to fall back on.
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Old 09-09-2010, 12:28 PM
 
Location: NYC
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I disagree with everyone else on this thread and side with your mother.

At the end of the interview with company B (if it goes well), I would tell them that I have an offer from another company, but that job B is my top choice. There is nothing wrong with presenting yourself as a desirable candidate who is interviewing other places; by telling them they will know to move quickly if they are interested. Furthermore you might end up with a better offer if they know they are competing for you.
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Old 09-09-2010, 12:38 PM
 
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Why would Company #A bother hiring someone who is already looking for opportunity #B?
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Old 09-09-2010, 12:54 PM
 
Location: NYC
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Why would Company #A bother hiring someone who is already looking for opportunity #B?
"Already"? I think most of us send our resume out to all the opportunities we find suitable. Are you advocating that she only interviews with one company at a time, then wait until she get a definitive yea or nay before applying to the next potential job? Sorry but that is foolish.

She doesn't even have the solid offer from Company A yet; canceling the interview with B would be a stupid move.
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Old 09-09-2010, 12:58 PM
 
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"Already"? I think most of us send our resume out to all the opportunities we find suitable. Are you advocating that she only interviews with one company at a time, then wait until she get a definitive yea or nay before applying to the next potential job? Sorry but that is foolish.

She doesn't even have the solid offer from Company A yet; canceling the interview with B would be a stupid move.
She should definitely go to interview B, but NOT tell Company #A. I was referring in general to people who accept a position with #A , but then go across the street and interview with #B.
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