Asking for More Time

The process for asking for more time to consider a job offer is similar to asking for salary adjustments. In asking for more time, you may be implying the following things:

While these are legitimate issues, you need to realize that the longer you take to decide on an offer, the more the company may pressure you to come to a decision. They are concerned that the probability of receiving an acceptance from you will decrease as time passes. Listed below are some ideas to present to employers if you find yourself in this situation.

  1. If you have other offers:

    Explain to the company that you have other offers to consider; while this opportunity appears to be extremely interesting, you need to evaluate the others as well. State that by going through this process, you will firmly know which company will best meet your needs and interests.

  2. If you do not have other offers or are unsure about the offer:

    Explain to the company that you need to explore other opportunities for the reason stated in #1.

The company representative will either accept or not accept your proposal. If he/she does accept, you will probably be asked to state a specific date when you can respond. You need to set a date and keep that promise. If you are still unable to determine if you want that offer by that date, you need to be aware that the representative may decide to look at other candidates. If your proposal is not accepted, you will need to be prepared to make a decision of whether or not to accept the offer on the company's timetable.

Your strongest negotiating position is always before you accept the job. Once hired, you are not likely to receive more than the company's normal annual salary increment.

If you are still waiting to hear from other employers, try to negotiate for more time before you make your decision. When you ask for another week or another month, stress your continuing interest in the position, but state that you want to make a careful decision based on full information

If you are under pressure to decide, call all the other organizations from whom you're waiting to hear, and see whether they are close to making a decision. If they seem unconcerned and inflexible, they may not be very interested in you.