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Callback with offer in hand

Posted: Mon Aug 29, 2011 12:42 am
by Anonymous User
What's the wisdom on mentioning an offer from another firm during a callback?

Got an offer from firm #1 in a preferred market. Have a CB later this week with firm #2 in another market. I am almost certainly going to accept the offer from firm #1. It's the better opportunity in terms of practice and location. But in the off-chance that I walk out of firm #2 really digging it, I would like to maximize my chances of getting an offer from them.

Would mentioning the offer help or hurt my chances with firm #2?

Firm #1 is exclusively dedicated to my field, and is one of the very best at it. Firm #2 is a general practice. Thus, the offer increases my worth to firm #2 I think. But I am thinking the location of firm #1 might tell firm #2 that I am not committed to firm #2's market.

Thoughts?

Thanks.

Re: Callback with offer in hand

Posted: Mon Aug 29, 2011 12:54 am
by Sup Kid
Anonymous User wrote:What's the wisdom on mentioning an offer from another firm during a callback?

Got an offer from firm #1 in a preferred market. Have a CB later this week with firm #2 in another market. I am almost certainly going to accept the offer from firm #1. It's the better opportunity in terms of practice and location. But in the off-chance that I walk out of firm #2 really digging it, I would like to maximize my chances of getting an offer from them.

Would mentioning the offer help or hurt my chances with firm #2?

Firm #1 is exclusively dedicated to my field, and is one of the very best at it. Firm #2 is a general practice. Thus, the offer increases my worth to firm #2 I think. But I am thinking the location of firm #1 might tell firm #2 that I am not committed to firm #2's market.

Thoughts?

Thanks.

You are thinking too much about this. If the recruiter/interviewer asks, feel free to tell them. Otherwise, it's almost always awkward to bring up otherwise, and I wouldn't recommend it.

Re: Callback with offer in hand

Posted: Mon Aug 29, 2011 12:56 am
by Anonymous User
Anonymous User wrote:What's the wisdom on mentioning an offer from another firm during a callback?

Got an offer from firm #1 in a preferred market. Have a CB later this week with firm #2 in another market. I am almost certainly going to accept the offer from firm #1. It's the better opportunity in terms of practice and location. But in the off-chance that I walk out of firm #2 really digging it, I would like to maximize my chances of getting an offer from them.

Would mentioning the offer help or hurt my chances with firm #2?

Firm #1 is exclusively dedicated to my field, and is one of the very best at it. Firm #2 is a general practice. Thus, the offer increases my worth to firm #2 I think. But I am thinking the location of firm #1 might tell firm #2 that I am not committed to firm #2's market.

Thoughts?

Thanks.


A definite 'no' to the first statement. Having firm A give you an offer in no way adds value to firm B.

A very likely 'yes' to the second one. I'd be careful about mentioning other firms you're considering if they are in different markets.

Re: Callback with offer in hand

Posted: Mon Aug 29, 2011 10:44 am
by vamedic03
FWIW, you can use the deadline from the 1st offer to place pressure on the 2d firm. If nothing else, you'll probably get a faster response.

Re: Callback with offer in hand

Posted: Mon Aug 29, 2011 2:08 pm
by Anonymous User
vamedic03 wrote:FWIW, you can use the deadline from the 1st offer to place pressure on the 2d firm. If nothing else, you'll probably get a faster response.


Should you wait until the offer deadline is closing in, or is it acceptable to let a firm that you're interested in know about the other offer soon after receiving it?

Re: Callback with offer in hand

Posted: Mon Aug 29, 2011 2:20 pm
by Anonymous User
Anonymous User wrote:
vamedic03 wrote:FWIW, you can use the deadline from the 1st offer to place pressure on the 2d firm. If nothing else, you'll probably get a faster response.


Should you wait until the offer deadline is closing in, or is it acceptable to let a firm that you're interested in know about the other offer soon after receiving it?



It is usually best to let them know ASAP. Give them room/time whenever possible. If you let them know the day before the offer is due, then they might just reject you because they can't get the hiring committee together- or whatever.