You have worked with your consultant, gone through a multitude of interviews and impressed all of the necessary decision-makers but what do you do when you receive a number of offers? We address this common occurrence and provide some tips on how best to think through your decision when faced with multiple offers.
If you’re a tech person on the job market right now, you’re likely to end up with multiple job offers. You probably have a few agency recruiters, hungry for fees, pressuring you to accept their offer. Some recruitment consultants guiding you on the best path for you. Internal recruiters, plámásing you to accept their company.
Changing jobs is probably the most stressful thing you’ll do this year.
So, how do you choose between them?
Calculate each offer as a package
Each offer will likely have a different blend of salary, benefits, stock options, holiday days… etc…
Calculate each one as a figure and then you’ll easily be able to see how much each is worth in cash. Money certainly isn’t everything but a company which is offering a lower base salary might be offering a better package overall.
What are your priorities?
Hopefully, you’ll have read our previous blog on how to approach the job hunting process and you’ll already know what your priorities are when it comes to your work.
- Do you most highly value career advancement?
- Is money your highest priority?
- Do you need flexible working hours?
- Is there a certain set of technologies you’d love to work with?
Look at each job and see which one most closely matches your priorities. That will give you somewhere to start when making your decision.
Think about where you want to be in 5-10 years.
It’s a bit of a cliché interview question but where do you want to be in 5 years? 10 years? Which position will help you get there?
If you aim to be an Engineering Lead and only one of these jobs is a step up, this might be the one to consider.
If you want to be able to build your own products, perhaps the role which gives you strong technical control over projects might be the one for you.
Think about the office culture you enjoy.
Culture fit is hugely important. Work is where you spend a large proportion of your week. It has to be somewhere you’ll feel comfortable and happy.
Read about the company online, think about the people you spoke to. Chat with your consultant to see if they have insights into the culture. Use the local tech community to gain some insight into the personalities and working style in the office.
What job do you think you’ll enjoy the most?
We’ve noticed that candidates sometimes get so caught up in the whole process of job hunting, and interviews, and the whole process that they lose sight of the central objective. We’re all looking for a job that we enjoy doing each day.
When you picture yourself in each company, doing each job. Which do you think would make you happiest? Which one can you see yourself being enthusiastic about and being able to talk the ear off someone about when you’re asked, “What do you do for a living?”
You should be proud of your work and if you do not feel you would have this belief in a role then it may not be the right one for you.
Don’t accept a counter-offer!
You might get a counter-offer from your current employer. You probably should not accept it. Statistically, most people who accept a counter offer, leave within 6 months. The reasons which had you thinking about leaving likely still exist or at best, didn’t change until you said you were going to resign.
Generally speaking, unless you strongly feel that things have changed for the better with your current role, you shouldn’t accept that counter-offer. If you do – get all changes in writing!
A new job has to be the right for you the candidate and it is a big decision so it is worth taking stock and considering all of the above factors in your decision. A recruitment consultant should be able to give you some guidance though they will have a bias for their role.