Some call it the quarter-life crisis: you’re twenty or thirty-something and trying to find your place in the world…so getting your first “real” job offer is usually a pretty big deal — it’s the first step to adulthood. When it comes to managing multiple job offers there’s definitely a right way and a wrong way to do it.
Don’t commit unless you mean it!
If you have had multiple interviews don’t just jump on your first offer. Yes, you’re going to be excited — but it reflects poorly on your personal brand when you accept an offer only to later turn it down. Instead, thank the employer for offering you a job and be honest. Let them know you’ve had other interviews, inquire about any time constraints and provide a date by which you will confirm an answer (usually within a week).
Do consider your long term goals
You may be intrigued by a higher paying salary but it’s always worth looking beyond a dollar figure. Seeing as you will be investing hours and maybe even years of time there, ask yourself: what’s in it for me? What’s the company culture like? Do your research and ask questions — do the current employees seem appreciated and satisfied? Remember, as employers compete to retain talent, many companies are revitalizing internally to appeal to staff. Think about how each job could benefit your personal life, family and friends, health or future. Use your personal network and online tools to lookbeyond the brand. Prelook for example, allows users to virtually browse companies, meet prospective coworkers and go behind the scenes to get a feel for the company’s culture.
Be persistent and patient
Job hunting can be a daunting process but don’t give up. Consider each interview a personal networking experience and try to leave a good impression. Interviewing is an art itself but like most things, it gets easier with experience. Be patient, be persistent and go with your gut. Just remember, every corporate job opening attracts 250 resumes — but only 4–6 people will be contacted for an interview and only 1 will be offered a job. To read more interesting hiring facts, click here.