Sometimes the job hunt can be so successful that you find yourself in an awkward situation – with more than one job offer! Whilst you don’t want to burn bridges with one company, you also need to make the right decision and go with the company that will offer you the best overall deal.
How do you make the choice between two or more job offers?
There is no easy way of choosing which company to go for, after all, you interviewed with them both because you wanted to work for them! However, you have to bear in mind that whilst one company may be offering you more money, your personal career goals may only be achievable in the other company.
Here is a checklist of things to consider when trying to decide which company to work for:
#1 Which company offers the highest salary?
You must consider the overall value of your salary package, such as gym membership, Christmas bonuses, commission on sales, company car etc. Whilst one company may offer a higher monthly salary, the salary package you would get with the other company could be worth a lot more than you think!
#2 Do you have a rapport with the line manager?
It may be a good idea to meet with the person who will be your manager in both companies, especially if they did not participate in the interview process. This way, you will be able to see who you get along with best and who you can see yourself having a good working relationship with.
#3 Location, Location, Location
If you don’t own your own car and will be relying on public transport, the location of your employment may be a big enough factor to help you decide which company to choose! If both companies are very similar yet one is located 30 minutes from your house and the other over one hour away, this could sway your decision!
#4 Job title
For some, the job title means everything! Find out exactly what your job title will be and this may give you an idea of the type of progression and responsibility you are looking at.
#5 Opportunity for travel
For many, the opportunity to travel is something that is an exciting and appealing prospect. However, for others, the requirement to travel as part of a job may be off putting, especially if they have family commitments. Find out whether each company will expect you to travel locally, nationally or internationally; this may help you to make a decision!