(Closed) How to handle an interview for a \"Plan B\" job before the \"Plan A\" interview

posted 4 years ago in Career
Post # 2
1616 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I’ve been in that situation.  I knew they checked references on a job I really really wanted but they were taking forever to get back to me one way or the other.  It was a permanant job somewhere I’d worked before and was pretty much a dream job.  In the meantime I got an interview for a 1 year mat leave position which would also be a good gig.  I was offered the second position almost immediately and I couldn’t turn in down in case I didn’t get the dream job.  I needed a job.  2 weeks after starting my mat leave position, they called and offered me the permanent position which I did accept. I felt bad handing in my resignation after only 2 weeks but I had to think of what was best for me in the long run.

Post # 4
2666 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2014 - Italian Villa

If they offer you the job during the interview tomorrow, I’d just be honest and tell them that you have one more interview on Monday and will get back to them by 5PM that day (hopefully you get the job on the spot at the other interview). It’s not uncommon for people to have interviews for more thn one job, and the interviews are fairly close together, chronologically.

Alternatively, you could attempt to reschedule tomorrow’s interview for Tuesday, but I don’t know if that would pan out- depends on how casual the employer is.

Post # 6
1616 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

Laurenplusalex:  The employer I left after 2 weeks was very understanding. But a permanent job > a maternity leave. 

Post # 9
2170 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014


Laurenplusalex:  This may actually give you some leverage when it comes to job A – the one you really want. You can tell them at the end of the interview that you have a pending offer from another company and have only X amount of time to respond. I would add that your preference is to join their company (job A), but that the offer for job B is something you have to consider as well. This may light a fire under their asses and hurry them along in their decision about whether they’d like to make you an offer or not. This worked like a charm for me in my current job…I had an offer from my preferred employer within 3 days when, in reality, I had still not heard back from job B at all.

Having said that, I think you should approach each interview as though you would absolutely love to work there.

Post # 11
9146 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

You can always accept the Plan B job and give them a start date in two weeks.  That would give you plenty of time to attend the other interview with Plan A and give notice to the Plan B company that you reconsidered their offer and changed your mind.  Better to secure one job than risk losing both.

I got lucky.  I was in a similar situation a few years ago.  I decided to turn down Plan B and place all my bets on getting Plan A (I had a good idea that I was going to get it but I wasn’t 100% sure.)  The gamble paid off and I was offerred the Plan A job.  The only reason I was willing to gamble on Plan A was that I was currently employed at the time so worst case scenario was that I would stay with my current company/job.

Post # 12
2381 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

The correct response, if you’re offered the job on the spot is ‘Thank you, that’s wonderful! I wasn’t expecting an answer so quickly, would you mind if I took the weekend and gave you my answer on Monday?’ If they say they need an immediate answer, say yes. You can always call back and change it, but you can’t change your mind if you say no.

Never, ever, for any reason mention the other job interview. Just like you wouldn’t want to be the backup choice, no employer does either. Never give them a reason to change their mind on you. 

Post # 13
660 posts
Busy bee

PP’s advice here is good, I just wanted to add a note saying stop doubting your qualifications for Job A! They chose you for an interview for a reason (and trust me, companies don’t do interviews willy-nilly because they take so much time) so they obviously see something on your resume that they like. 


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