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Old 07-26-2012, 08:03 PM
 
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I know I need to be sensitive because some people just want any offer. I'm lucky because I have a decent opportunity in front of me. To summarize:

Company A has told me to expect a written offer on Monday. This was actually the second company I interviewed with since I started job searching 3 weeks ago. However, Company A spawned this discussion thread. The "How do You Feel About Overtime?" question So I'm a little worried about the expectations. I did get to the point and ask what's expected, and they said about 45-50 hours a week is the norm, but it could surge higher than that at times (the whole reason they are hiring now is to reduce the workload on the current employees). Company A an industry I am not passionate about. But on the other hand it's a very respected and stable company. So on a scale of 1-10, it's a 6 in terms of attractiveness.

But ...

I had a phone interview with an executive from Company B on Monday. It went well, and I was invited to meet with people here in the local office. However, they want me to wait 10 days, because the executive I interviewed with will be in town at that time. Company B is in the industry that I'm in now and its an industry that I like. If I were to get an offer it would be a 9 in terms of attractiveness.

I also met with a recruiter today, and she is going to submit my resume for consideration at three other companies. From the little I know about those companies, the attractiveness to me would be in the 6-7 range (similar to Company A).

So the timing for Company A's offer is not the best. However, two years ago when I was looking for a new job, it took six months to find a suitable position. I don't know if the economy has gotten that much better, or if I just hit the jackpot with Company A in terms of getting an offer so soon..

I rate my current job as a 2, due to company instability and office politics. There is also a good chance I could get laid off in the next couple months. So moving to Company A would be a definite step up.

What is the best way to handle this situation? I want to be ethical with Company A, but I also want to keep Company B in the mix.
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Old 07-26-2012, 09:26 PM
 
Location: NJ
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What is the best way to handle this situation? I want to be ethical with Company A, but I also want to keep Company B in the mix.
Depends what your definition of ethical is. If you think it would be unethical to accept a job and then take another one you probably have to either accept the position and forget about the others or turn down A and hope for the best with the other places.
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Old 07-26-2012, 09:46 PM
 
Location: WY
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I don't see any ethical way that you can ask Company A to hold off on your answer until you know what will happen with Company B.

I also don't know of any ethical way you can accept Company A's offer, continue to be in consideration (and perhaps be offered and accept a position) with Company B and then decline Company A's offer.

But truthfully, I also don't see that the word "ethical" applies to either one of these scenarios. If you accept A and then turn it down if/when you're offered a position with B, they'll just move onto the next candidate. Life moves on and so does business. Ethics don't enter into the mix as far as I am concerned.

Honestly I just think that you have to do whatever is in your own personal best interests. You have to take care of #1.
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