How to Tell a Potential Employer You Have Another Job Offer
26 June 2019
“When a candidate accepts an offer, I believe that they should enter into that business relationship with the full intent of giving their all.”
If you aren’t able to give 100% to your new employer, you need to make them aware before you proceed. Your career and life are your responsibility and another offer is not likely to follow soon. So, if you aren’t able to give 100% because of “buyer’s remorse” for the second position, you should not go forward with it.
Deal with it up front.
If you are working through a search consultant/recruiter, they will likely ask numerous questions to make sure that you have thought about all the angles. However, at the end of the day, no one wants a new hire relationship to fall apart after they have spent the time, energy and money into getting that new hire up to speed. It is better to deal with it up front. This is where the recruiter can relay the information back to the client, however reluctantly, and work with them to find a new candidate.
Do not ‘ghost’ them.
If you are not working with a recruiter, then it is your responsibility to be upfront with the company’s hiring manager. Be honest and let them know that you appreciate the opportunity but are likely not able to give it your all, so you believe it is in everyone’s best interest for you to pursue the other opportunity. Yes, they will likely be disappointed but DO NOT ghost them. While this has become a more popular response for social media and texting in personal relationships, a true professional would never rely on such a tactic.
Honesty, professionalism and the ability to have a candid conversation are key in a situation like this.
Be aware that there is a pretty good chance that you have burned that bridge and going back to them later is almost certainly not an option. So, think long and hard about making this decision before you do it.
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