You are waiting for Company A’s response on your last week’s interview, but received an offer from Company B, and they want to hear from you by end of this week.
While excited that you got an offer, but your gut is telling you that joining Company A is the better choice.
So struggling! Should I take this offer or waiting for Company A’s response?
In this case, hold on to Company B’s side, tell them you need some time to go through the offer and get back to them by their deadline (hit here to see how to reply). In the meantime, write Company A an email, stating your situation and get their understand.
Dear Mr./Ms. XX,
Hope you are doing great. I am following up with you on the status of the [Position Name] position that I interviewed for on [Date].
Yesterday afternoon I received another offer from an (IT*) company for the position [Position Name], they want to hear back from me by (this Friday*). However, I prefer to be specialized in [function], and thought that it would be more exciting to work for you and your team. I really like your management style and business concept, but I have to make a decision in the near future.
I don’t want to rush you this way, but if you think I am a qualified candidate, would you be able to take 30 minutes from your schedule to meet with me (anytime this afternoon or tomorrow), so it might help you make your final decision?
I truly apologize for any inconvenience caused, and would greatly appreciate your kind understanding.
Thank you very much!
* It would be more powerful if Company B is in the same field with Company A, and the positions are similar.
* Most employers want to hear the response from candidates by end of the week. However, you can adjust it based on your own situation.
If the deadline is quite close and you need a quick feedback, it is very important to make your tones gentle, so that the employer won’t feel too pushed and would be more understand about your situation.
Demonstrating their business and organizational culture is a good way to show your desire in joining Company A.
Send this email when you are really in this type of situation, or it won’t be helpful, as the potential employer might think it as a trick or “threat”, and most of them don’t like it.