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Q&A:

The job market is hot and I just received an offer from my second choice company. How do I handle this situation professionally?

Review the following tips to help you stall a job offer while waiting for another:

  1. Be grateful you received an offer
  2. Acknowledge the offer promptly
  3. Make sure you have a written offer letter to help review it and ask any applicable questions
  4. Ask for a timeframe they need a decision by …
  5. Ask for additional time because it’s an important decision
  6. Reach out to your #1 choice that you received an offer- be transparent
  7. Communicate with your #1 company that they are your top choice.
  8. Ask if they can speed up their interviewing process
  9. If not, I would accept the original job offer if it’s a good fit. Your career is a journey and you will be building your skill set while you wait for your top choice
  10. If your # 1 choice comes back to you with an offer down the road, depending on the situation, you can always accept the offer.
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