Post # 1
Just before hubs and i got engaged he was working at a job he loved, the economy crashed and he was laid off like many others. Four months later, he got a job working at a job that he disliked, he’s been there for almost 2 years and has been interviewing ever since he started looking for a new job. This job while very frustrating and causeing alot of unhappiness afforded us the ability to buy a house and have the wedding we wanted. in the last 5 months, he’s had more and more interviews. (yay for recovering economy)
Here’s the issue. He’s in the Enviromental Consulting/Health and Safety field Last friday he interviewed for company A, and they offered him the job on the spot, but at a $2.50/hour pay decrease. Positives is that we wont have to pay city wage tax and he wont have to use his vehicle to get to job sites but its 35 min from home. Hubs was all set to say yes to the job on monday just to get out of his current job. When he got a call for an interview for job B in our town. He went on the interview this morning. There are 3 spots to fill but 2nd round of interviews wont be for 2 weeks. Commute would be 5 min, he doesnt know the pay grade, and he would use his vehicle but get reimbursed. He like the work for Job B better.
So does he say No to job A and cross our fingers that job B works out and he’d start end of june knowing that if it doesnt work out with job B he’s stuck at his current Job? or does he Say yes to job A knowing taht if Job B gives him the position he’ll be leaving A to work for B after only a couple of weeks? But atleast if job B doesnt pan out he wont be working at the current job? Is that bad etiquette?
Whats the best way to handle this situation?
Thanks for your help Hive!
Post # 3
@ChillyBear: I would ask to have an extension to respond to the offer for job A.
See how long he can wait to accept/decline the position.
If he says yes to Job A, he would need to give up on B entirely. Being at a job for only a few weeks does not look good on a resume, and could lead to bad recommendations as well as a bad reputation in that field (if companies tend to compare notes).
Post # 4
@KatNYC2011:I agree. Mr. ChillyBear should ask for an extension, although some companies won’t give you more than a few days.
Post # 5
Yup, agreed that he should ask for an extension. But if he does end up taking Job A and is only there for a few weeks, he doens’t need to list it on his resume or use people there as references–that way it won’t reflect badly on him in the future.
Post # 6
@hilsy85: It shouldn’t but if the industry is very small it may indirectly affect him badly (i.e. if people at company A talk a to people at company B). Or if people at company B call his current company for references and hear he left several weeks ago for a new position.
Post # 7
@KatNYC2011: True, I don’t know anything about Environmental Consulting or how big/small the field is, or whether the two companies are closely related at all.
Post # 8
@hilsy85: I don’t either, that was just the only thing that came to mind that could backfire if he took A now only to take B a few weeks later.
Post # 9
I would have him take job A. If he gets job B he can leave job A. Because of the short time span he wouldn’t need to put job A on his resume. I have had employees take jobs and leave in the same type of experiences, (better opportunity, etc) and have never faulted them for taking the better positions for them. However, when I have had people ask for offer extensions, I have felt slighted. “My job isn’t good enough for you, that you need time to think about it?” It’s like proposing marriage and someone saying hold on a second and let me think. LOL
Post # 10
Exciting to get job offers!
Ask Job A to wait. Tell Job B you have been offered another position and ask if they can move up the interview (many will do this).
Alternatively: Negotiate with Job A for more pay (this may also give you a little more time to decide).
Meanwhile: Figure out what the pay grade of B is, IF that would be deciding factor for you.
The only “wrong” decision is to take A and leave it for B a few weeks later. Me, after 2 years at a job I hated…I’d try to negotiate better pay, but would ultimately decide on bird in hand over prettier one in bush. However, that’s my personal take and you may have a higher tolerance for risk, etc.
Post # 11
@kay01: I second your plan.
Ask for more time from Company A (explain that you are in the middle of interviews for another job).
ALSO – ask company B if you can move up your interview as you have an offer from another company that you have to give a response too.
IMO – a company shouldn’t fault you for wanting to have a full picture in order to make a decision regarding what is best for you and your family.
Post # 12
I would tell job A that you’re very interested but need more time to think it over because of the pay decrease.
Most jobs expect for you to negotiate pay and this will give you time to either get job B or get more pay!
Post # 13
Thank you all so much for your input… i know this is weighing heavily on my husbands mind. While the jobs are in the same industry they are not in the same business and wouldn’t ever deal with one another.
I tend to agree with Mwitter80… but i see both sides of it. After being unhappy with his work environment for so long i just want him in a place where he can want to go to work in the morning.
Unfortunately when he was offered the job on friday he told them he would get back to him after the weekend, on monday job B called to schedule the interview. He asked Job A if they could match his current salary. They replied no, thats not feasible and polietly told him good luck with his job search. He responded back that we needed to then look over our budget once again can I have the rest of the week. He fears that they are looking for an answer and if he asks for yet another extension they will just move to the next canidate.
Post # 15
On Friday, Mr. Chilly Bear said no to job number #2 and we are keeping all of our fingers and toes crossed that he gets the call back for the 2nd round of interviews.
Ultimately he felt like the offer the first company gave him wasn’t great and if he took the job and didnt get the 2nd he’d be right back where he started only making $2.50 less.
Post # 16
Good Luck with the interviews!!